Between your work, the care you provide and your various responsibilities, it is not always easy to take the time to physically go somewhere for information. Parkinson Québec understood this and therefore created “Movement of Support”.
This web platform to support caregivers of people with Parkinson’s is one of four projects that received funding from l’Appui as part of the national digital projects. The platform also fosters dialogue by enabling caregivers to share their experiences with one another.
“Caregivers are often ill-equipped to deal with the challenges of caring for a loved one with Parkinson’s. The project is designed to provide them with an accessible training program (many schedule blocks, throughout all of Quebec) that is based on current knowledge in the field and that meets the needs that these people have conveyed to us over the years. The virtual classes provide an opportunity to cover specialized themes specific to Parkinson disease with content specialists and to open the dialogue with participants. We believe that it is important to help the caregivers of people with Parkinson’s become better equipped and feel more confident in their role.” Nicole Charpentier, Executive Director, Parkinson Québec
To reach as many caregivers as possible, each class is offered five times on various dates and at different times. Here are the eight main themes planned in the program:
- Getting to know Parkinson’s
- Better understanding of motor and non-motor symptoms
- Prevent and manage falls and episodic freezing
- Adapting you living environment
- Find out about available financial and legal resources
- Maintaining family, friendly and intimate relationships
- Adopting healthy habits
- Understanding the roles of care teams and the importance of medication
You can read more about the description and objectives of each of these courses at parkinsonquebec.ca. You will thus be able to determine whether the class is what you are looking for.
For more information on this program, you can also contact Claudie Noël at Parkinson Québec, at 514-861-4422, Ext. 222, or by email at [email protected].