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3 questions to Stéphanie Langlois, physiotherapist in neurology at Kinatex Sports Physio Ste-Rose

April 7th is World Health Day, an opportunity for Parkinson’s Montreal-Laval to thank all the health professionals who are committed to providing people living with the disease with adapted care and thus enabling them to maintain their quality of life. To talk about this essential care for the health of those affected, we met with Stéphanie Langlois, a physiotherapist in neurology, to talk about her job and the upcoming challenges.

And don’t forget, in April we #FlowerHope. You too can help make a difference by donating virtual tulips. It’s easy, visit CanadaHelps.org and select the “Virtual Tulips” option.

To start, could you quickly introduce yourself?

Stéphanie: I have been a physical therapist since 2015 and have primarily practiced in a hospital environment with neurological clients. I have worked with people with Parkinson’s disease and various parkinsonian syndromes. Most of my work with this clientele was to establish a functional portrait and to direct the patients towards the appropriate post-hospitalization resources. I have recently joined the team at Kinatex Ste-Rose, which has been offering a neurological rehabilitation service since April.

Could you explain simply what it means to live with Parkinson’s disease for patients and their relatives?

Stéphanie: living with Parkinson’s disease or any other Parkinson’s syndrome means that the person must be resilient in the face of a degenerative disease. The challenge is not to lose the motivation to act to maintain autonomy and quality of life. Dealing with the loss of autonomy can be very difficult for the person living with the disease, but also for their relatives. Physiotherapists are professionals trained to support and advise people living with this disease as well as their relatives.

What do you consider to be the next major challenges related to Parkinson’s disease?

Stéphanie: the population is aging in Quebec, which poses challenges in terms of access to care and the availability of resources. On the one hand, the public health network is more and more overloaded. And on the other hand, not all people have the financial means to have care in the private sector, so there may be a gap in the care of conditions that require a rehabilitation service. There is scientific evidence on the effectiveness of physical training, so it would be of great importance that people have access to it.


About Kinatex Sports Physio Ste-Rose

The Kinatex Sports Physio Ste-Rose clinic is the first private clinic in the Laval region to offer rehabilitation for neurological disorders in addition to orthopedic rehabilitation, bringing together physiotherapy and orthotics under one roof.

The therapists treat people with neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke in order to help them become more mobile, independent, and confident in carrying out their activities without being restricted by pain.

The administrative team and the therapists adopt a multidisciplinary approach to support the patients in achieving their goals. Educational tools are used as a guide while making it fun and professional.

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Parkinson’s Journey 2020 : donations accepted until October 31!

Many of you participated in the Parkinson’s Journey 2020, on September 13th. A huge thank to all the participants of this solidarity race. We are almost halfway to the fundraising goal of $30,000. It is not too late to help us: we are accepting donations until October 31. By donating, you allow us to offer proximity services in our community and support those affected by Parkinson’s disease, as well as their families.

TOGETHER, WE CAN ACT ON PARKINSON’S DISEASE!

Parkinson’s Journey is a provincial-wide fundraising event that took place on September 13, 2020. Thousands of people took on the challenge of walking, running, or practicing any other sport in support of the 25 000 Québecois living with Parkinson’s disease, their relatives and their caregivers.

Want to donate?

  1. Go to https://app.simplyk.io/en/peer-to-peer/a711bd60-c76c-413d-8653-de7455dc79d1?&lng=fr

2. Donate to an individual who participated in the walk or to the general campaign.

Thank you for you generosity!

If you have any questions or would like assistance in completing your donation, contact us at montreal-laval@parkinsonquebec.ca

* A tax receipt will be sent automatically to people who donate more than $ 15 to Parcours Parkinson.

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Fruitcake campaign: the holidays are coming!

Make a holiday gesture that will bear fruit!

Starting today, order your fruitcakes and support people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. We have two varieties of fruitcake – traditional and Cherry cake.
Which do you prefer? Or take one of each!

To taste this delicacy all you have to do is orde our fruitcakes online at the cost of $20 each and pass by the office, by appointment, to pick it up. 

Our offices are located at: 560, rue Ontario Est, Montréal, Québec H2L 0B6. 

Order a box of ten fruitcakes (a total of $ 200.–) and get free home delivery just a day or two after you place your order. 

Our advice:  Tell your friends and combine your orders to take advantage of fast  and free delivery! 

Come and visit one of our kiosques to get your fruitcake and other goodies: 

  • 2000, avenue McGill College Thursday, November 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
  • Résidence Élogia, Christmas market. 5440, rue Sherbrooke Est, Montréal Sunday December 1 from 11 a.m. to   3 pl.m. 
  • Hydro-Québec (Headquarters) 75, boul. René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal Thursday December 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m 
  • Montréal Bus Terminal 1733, rue Berri, suite 2000, Montréal Friday December 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 :30 p.m 
  • Sun Life Financial 1155, rue Metcalfe, Montréal Thursday, December 12 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 
  • St.Mary’s Hospital 3830, avenue Lacombe, bureau 1331, Montréal Friday, December 13 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM 

All profits from this delicious holiday campaign will go towards supporting people living with Parkinson’s and their caregivers. Thank you in advance for your wonderful support.

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Giving Tuesday

Providing outreach services to people living with Parkinson’s disease requires significant financial support.

On the occasion of giving Tuesday, a worldwide day for generosity, we invite you to make a donation to Parkinson Montréal- Laval which will help us to finance numerous services provided to people living with Parkinson’s disease: meetings with newly diagnosed persons and their families, support groups, information and education services as well as access to adapted group exercises.

 « Adapted physical exercise is one of the best treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Many studies suggest that exercise contributes to slowing progression of the disease. » 

– Dr Sylvain Chouinard, Neurologist and codirector of the André-Barbeau Movement Disorder Clinic, University of Montréal Hospital Centre Help us to help them. 

Your donation will have an immediate and measurable impact: making sure that our services continue to be offered to those living with Parkinson’s disease. A huge thank you in advance from us. 

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New newsletter available

Our winter newsletter is ready, in a new format and with a new look that makes it easier to read. Inside you’ll find out about new workshops and conferences and activities such as a Spanish course, Practice your voice and always the famous tales of Diane Patenaude. 

Click here to read your winter newsletter. 

Enjoy your reading!

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VIDÉO | Calling all caregivers!

A must see! This is a beautiful video that pays tribute to all the caregivers in the world. To help someone else you have to take care of yourself.

 

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Update on COVID-19 : Parkinson Montréal-Laval Activities

Afin de contribuer à l’effort collectif visant à prévenir la propagation du Coronavirus, nous sommes dans l’obligation de suspendre la majorité de nos activités. Toutefois, notre service téléphonique est maintenu. N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous au 514 868-0597.

Update on services and activities Activities for caregivers Psychosocial support by telephone – no change

Isolation brings with it many challenges, particularly when we are caregivers. This is why we continue to offer psychosocial support via telephone. Do not hesitate to call us if you need help.

To make an appointment with Sophie Lecours :
soutienpml@parkinsonquebec.ca 

To make an appointment with Élisabeth Lapointe :
soutienpmllaval@parkinsonquebec.ca
Support groups for caregivers – ongoing

Participants will be contacted so they can organize into small groups that will communicate via videoconference. It’s never too late to join one of the groups!

To enroll, contact Élisabeth Lapointe : soutienpmllaval@parkinsonquebec.ca 

Training workshop for caregivers – temporarily suspended 

The third and last workshop in the series has been temporarily suspended. A new date will be announced soon. Check this space for an update!

Activities for people with Parkinson’s

Get-togethers for newly diagnosed patients – no change 

The information meetings for people recently diagnosed will be offered by videoconference. 

To make an appointment call or email:  514 868-0597 montreal-laval@parkinsonquebec.ca 

Support groups for people living with Parkinson’s – temporarily suspended 
Keep checking this space for new dates. 

Spanish classes – temporarily suspended 
Keep checking this space for the new dates. 

Pratice your voice – temporarily suspended 
Keep checking this space for new dates.

Other activities

Parkinson Montréal-Laval Conferences – temporarily suspended 
All scheduled conferences have been postponed. More information l be transmitted in the coming weeks. 

Volunteer recognition night – postponed.
The event on March 24 will be postponed, check our information bulletins for the new date. 

Annual assembly – postponed
Our AGA will also be postponed and a new date will be announced in one of our upcoming newsletters. 

Swing Dance evening organized by Parkinson en mouvement – cancelled.
The Swing Dance Evening originally planned for April 2 and organized by Parkinson en mouvement, has been cancelled. 

Annual tulip sale – ongoing but virtually!
No sales of real tulips will be organized this year. However, supporters can purchase virtual tulips by clicking here and choosing the option » Virtual tulip »

Useful resources in difficult time

Numerous measures have been quickly put in place to assist all that may need them. Below is a nonexhaustive list of many resources, both telephone and online which are available to the public for free:
Government of Québec coronavirus information line: 1 877 644-4545 
Call this number if you are worried about COVID-19 or if you have symptoms such as a cough or a fever. 

211 grand Montréal.
Call 211 or visit the website 211qc.ca This multilingual reference service is helpful for finding out about community and social services in greater Montréal. 

Service Info-Aidant: Call 1 855 852-7784
Info-aidant is a telephone listing service, a place to get information and professional references all confidential and all free. It is aimed towards caregivers working with the elderly, interveners and health professionals.

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Bunch of rainbow tulips in brown paper wrap

Our annual tulip sale… Online!

We are living in difficult times, yet some things are constant: April is Parkinson’s month and tulips are still the Parkinson’s symbol! Even though we are not selling real flowers this year, we invite you to help us publicize our virtual tulip campaign to raise funds for Parkinson Montreal Laval! 

We are aware that these days many among us face economic uncertainty. If you can give a donation while Québec is on lockdown, please do so. Unfortunately Parkinson’s cannot shelter in place but marches on…

If you’re able to afford it then please donate a virtual tulip to the Parkinson’s Society. Pass it on! And a big thank you for helping us continue our important work. 

CLICK HERE to donate a virtual tulip. To make a donation first select virtual tulips instead of general donation in the tab donate to a specific fund created by this organization.

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