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We extend an invitation to
Attend the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson’s Society
Wednesday 5th June, 2013 11:00 am
Held in the Great Room at Ross Place, 2638 Ross Lane Victoria BC Canada
2. Reports & Motions
3. Our Supporters
4. Introduction to what is new....people, logo
Join us for a Casual Luncheon
It is important you RSVP 250 475 6677
April 2013 Newsletters Available
Our April 2013 editions of The Brain Wave and The Transmitter are online.
30th International Epilepsy Conference
This coming June 23rd to 27th, 2013, the 30th International Epilepsy Congress is happening in Montreal.
Check it out. We will see you there.
2013 Parkinson's World Congress
Next October the world will be arriving in Montreal to share knowledge and best practices on Parkinson's. It is hard to know when such an amazing event will take place in Canada again. We encourage our members to take advantage of this opportunity.
Peninsula Co-op Charity Golf Classic
This year, the 2013 Peninsula Co-op Charity Golf Tournament is being held on Thursday 20th June 2013 at Olympic View Golf Club. You can register NOW!
go to www.co-opgolf.com
WIN the Raffle this year! Cruise & Air Fare for 2
Get your tickets before June 20th.
The draw will be 1:30pm on June 20th 2013 at the Peninsula Co-op Charity Golf Classic. You do not have to be present to win.
Win return WestJet flights for 2 people to any scheduled WestJet destination AND enjoy a 5 day Cruise for 2 people (inside cabin) to either Baja Mexico, Bahamas, or Western Caribbean itineraries. Prize is valued at $4100.00 Restrictions, taxes, certificate fees apply. License #52904 (Players must be 19+ years to play. Problem Gambling Help Line 1-888-795-6111 *www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca "Know your limit, play within it.")
Purchase tickets: 5 for $20 or a single ticket for $5
Tickets are being sold at the Peninsula Co-op Food Centre at Keating Cross Rd, Saanichton and the Victoria Epilepsy & Parkinson's Centre in Victoria. 250 475 6677
Join the Purina Dog Guide Walk and support the Seizure Response Dogs program at the Lions Foundation of Canada!
On May 26, 2013 come out (with your dog) and walk along the ocean, starting at Ogden Point at 10:00 am to support this great program! Ted and Pat Mills and Ted's seizure response dog Yogi are seeking support- check out the website and consider sponsoring them.
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Parkinson’s refers to a group of slowly progressive neurological disorders characterized by a depletion of dopamine, a neurotransmitter required for normal body movement. There are many sub-types. Each individual has their own unique mix of motor and non-motor symptoms.
Symptoms may include: resting tremor, rigidity, slowness of movement, balance impairment, stooped shuffle gait, handwriting and coordination deficits, speech and swallowing changes, anxiety and depression, changes in memory and thinking, and bowel and bladder dysfunction.
Prevalence: Today over 100,000 Canadians have Parkinson’s. It is estimated that at least 1% of the population over the age of 65 have Parkinson’s. We estimate that 1200 people in the Capital Regional District have Parkinson’s.
Age of Onset: Parkinson’s is generally diagnosed at age 60 or over, however 10% are diagnosed under the age of 40.
Causes: Most Parkinson’s is diagnosed as Parkinson’s Disease, which refers to a classic mix of symptoms and cause unknown. Other forms of Parkinson’s include Atypical Parkinsonism which tends to have more complex features and those forms associated with specific causes, such as Vascular Parkinsonism or Drug-induced Parkinsonism.
Treatment: Medications treat movement disorder symptoms and a mix of other treatments help manage non-motor features. Together with regular exercise, a balanced diet and psychosocial support for the person with Parkinson’s, family caregiver wellness is critical to living well with Parkinson’s.