What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disorder of the central nervous system, in which there is a loss of dopamine (a chemical that acts as a messenger between brain cells)
in the brain. With the loss of dopamine, the brain is not able
to make or send signals to control movement properly. Primary symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness or rigidity of muscles, and balance changes. There may also be many other symptoms. Parkinson’s can be diagnosed in adults of any age.
How can our agency help you?
Whether you are living with classic Parkinson's Disease or another associated condition such as Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Lewy Body Disease, drug-induced Parkinsonism or other forms, we can help you identify the many powerful ways you can take action in your life.
Where can I obtain more information about Parkinson’s?
The professional staff at the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre offer a wide range of services to individuals and their families.
Ways we can help you:
Individualized consultations focusing on each client’s unique experience, as
well as practical symptom management and strategies for daily living. Family members are welcome and encouraged to attend these consultation sessions. Consultations are available by phone or appointment (250) 475-6677, or email our Program Coordinator.
- Services for family members. Parkinson’s affects the family as well. We encourage and assist loved ones to be informed, and to develop self care strategies to maintain balance in their lives.
- Special 3 week program, 2 hours weekly, for people with early stage PD and their families.
- Special Parkinson's Self-Managment resources
- Education Sessions are held regularly. Topics are focused on the latest PD treatment information and practical coping strategies.
- 2 specialized Parkinson’s Exercise Programs are led by skilled instructors.
- Several regular Parkinson's support gorups, including one for family members
- Parkinson’s Inreach Program for Massage Therapy.
- Comprehensive 16-page Quarterly Educational Magazine covering recent research developments and treatments, practical information on lifestyle management, community resources and much more.
- Up-to-date lending library of books, videos and other educational resources
- Tailor-made In-Services for Health Care Providers, offered free of charge.
- Perspective AND HOPE!
Who can access our services?
Our full range of services is available to the more than 1,000 residents of Victoria ’s Capital Regional District who have Parkinson’s or an associated condition. Click here for information on becoming a VEPC member.
Our Clients Tell Us...
“The best part is knowing I can always call for information and anything else I need.”
“Being associated with the Victoria Parkinson’s Centre has allowed me to see there can be a full and meaningful life after the devastating diagnosis of Parkinson’s. My experience with the Centre has taught me to make plans, and live life.”