Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre
If Parkinson’s is in your life, we can help!
Most people newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s have lots of questions:
- what to expect down the road with Parkinson’s
- pros and cons of taking medications earlier,or waiting a while
- how to minimize the impact of symptoms
- what about complementary & alternative therapies
- implications for ability to work or carry out other daily functions
With so much information available online these days, where does our agency fit into the picture? While the internet can provide a wealth of information, sifting through that information can consume a great deal of time. With busy lives in early stage Parkinson’s, it can be so helpful to “cut to the chase” and gain perspective quickly. In a 90-minute appointment, our knowledgeable, professional staff will reduce your stress by answering your questions, and create an individual action plan to maximize your function and enhance your quality of life. We will also orient you to important local community resources that can be hard to pinpoint online.
For those who want an opportunity to learn about Parkinson’s and are comfortable in a small group setting, we offer a three week program of two hours weekly, specially designed for people with early stage PD and their families. Participants have the opportunity of learning more about Parkinson’s through the professional group facilitator, and learning from each other. Sample topics include:
- The roles of the GP and neurologist
- When/how to tell others about PD
- Complementary medicine
- Driving safety and PD
- Exercise needs and options
Our Clients Tell Us...
“I had felt so alone with my worries about Parkinson’s. I really enjoyed the early stage group. It was wonderful to meet others who, like me, are in the early stages of Parkinson’s, and to learn that others had the same questions and concerns I had. I learned a lot of useful things. We have even arranged to meet again!”
If you are under 65 years of age, you might be interested in our semi-annual evening educational sessions that deal specifically with issues for those under 65 and their loved ones. These popular sessions also offer opportunities for networking with others who share similar issues and concerns. Click here for information about upcoming topics or see a full listing of services offered through our Parkinson's Program.
Our Clients Tell Us...
“I was reluctant to come to the agency when I was newly diagnosed, because I really didn’t want to be with older people with advanced Parkinson’s. I was so relieved to learn I could have a private consultation! The session answered so many questions, and gave me lots of useful suggestions. Being informed about Parkinson’s, and learning about all the things I can do to help myself, has been SO valuable!”
“Involvement with the agency has given me a whole new perspective in dealing with my Parkinson’s. It has really helped me change my attitude to positivity from my past state of depression.”