Living Well with Parkinson’s 2020 Dates

The course is held from 1 – 3pm for six weeks starting Tuesday 3rd March. It looks at informing anyone with or affected by Parkinson’s about the condition and how to look after your well-being. If you would like to attend, please contact our Parkinson’s Nurse, Anna: pnurse@ms-pd.org.nz or (03) 366 2857 ext. 4

Yoga and Power of Dance Start Dates

A reminder that while most of our exercise classes are back for 2020, Power of Dance and Yoga haven’t yet resumed. Unfortunately, the dates in the Newsletter were misprinted. Power of Dance will resume 4th February 2020. Yoga will resume 11th February 2020. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

New Weekly Clinics

New weekly clinics with Anna Fraser, Parkinson’s nurse. Three appointments available on Wednesdays at 10am, 12 noon and 2pm. If you need to meet with Anna to discuss or ask anything Parkinson’s related, please contact Donna-Marie to book an appointment on (03) 366 2857 ext. 6.

Gym Fees Increasing 2020

Exercise class fees are going up to $8 a session from 1st January. For quite a long time, we’ve held the fees at the same price, absorbing cost increases. To continue classes we now need to increase the fees. We will continue to offer our concession cards and they are available from the office. The…

Christchurch-developed app set for international launch

Power of Rhythm in action 9 May 2019 Media release Christchurch-developed app set for international launch A new app developed in Christchurch aims to help people with Parkinson’s manage problems with walking and balance. Power of Rhythm (POR) will be launched internationally at the 5th World Parkinson’s Congress in Kyoto, Japan, later this month. It…

New MS research project at MS & Parkinson’s Canterbury

Do you have Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? And are you in paid employment? We are looking for people with MS who are working or have stopped work in the last six months, to participate in a research project exploring the work experience of people with MS. It is hoped that by exploring this topic we will gain…

Rod: I did the Upbeat Outward Bound course

I recently joined nine other very anxious Parkinson people and four carers and supporters at Picton to head for Anakiwa, for what was to prove to be a life changing six days for all of us. It was an incredible experience which words cannot really describe, but I’ll do my best. Up early every morning for exercise and a run, or…

I have Parkinson’s Disease

It is not catching or hereditary. No one knows what causes it, but some of the Dopamine cells in the brain begin to die at a faster rate. Everyone slowly loses some Dopamine cells as they grow older. If the cells suddenly begin to die at an accelerated rate, Parkinson’s disease develops. It is slowly progressive and usually…