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Eating to Boost Brain Health and Ease Symptoms

Eating to Boost Brain Health and Ease Symptoms

Notes from the desk of Joanne Calvert re: a recent MJF podcast Why Diet is Important:Diet plays a key role in managing symptoms and may slow progression of PD. Diet is As Important as Exercise:Exercise has received more attention but diet is as important.Two diets...

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My P.D. Journey & Deep Brain Stimulation

My P.D. Journey & Deep Brain Stimulation

Submitted by Rick Galbraith October 2013…. diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. This diagnosis has currently changed my life and the lives of many others. Many people have heard of the disease, but not many know much about the disease. I want to change people’s...

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My Parkinson’s Journey & DBS Experience

My Parkinson’s Journey & DBS Experience

Submitted by Leanne Johnston, Collingwood & SGB Parkinson’s Support Group. First, some background on my Parkinson’s journey, as it seems I was an unusual case. Parkinson’s Disease (PD) developed so quickly; in the early stages the doctors said it couldn’t be PD....

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The publications and organizations below provide support for people with PD and their families.

Georgian Bay Healthcare Wellness and Innovation Day 2023

Check out the Living Better with Parkinson’s storyboard on page 17.

Parkinson Canada
Information & Referral Associates
SuperWalk: Annual nationwide fundraiser weekend after Labour Day

Local PD Support Groups

Collingwood Parkinson’s Support Group:
2nd Tuesday of the month 1:30 – 3:30 pm
Meeting online via Zoom
Contact: Jim Karn,, and Joanne Calvert,

Wasaga Beach Parkinson’s Support Group:
Meet first Thursday of every month from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. at Wasaga Beach Public Library.
Contact: Dwight at 705-352-203

Meaford Parkinson’s Support Group:
Meet third Tuesday of every month at the Meaford United Church
Contact: (888) 851-7376 for more info.

Georgian Bay Family Health Team

Family Health Teams are primary health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals.

ROMP - Rural Ontario Medical Program

The Rural Ontario Medical Program (ROMP) coordinates medical rotations for future physicians from the six medical universities in Ontario. Located in South-Central Ontario, its mission is to alleviate the burden on communities caused by the nation-wide physician distribution problem and create learning opportunities outside the academic centres and into communities.

Michael J. Fox Foundation
Videos, podcasts, research, advocacy updates
Fox Insight
Patient-based online clinical studies

Davis Phinney Foundation
Videos, podcasts, supports & programs, Victory Summits, free resource book, Growling Beaver fundraiser in Collingwood.
Link for resource book Every Victory Counts:

Always Looking Up, Michael J. Fox
Brain Storms, Jon Palfreman
Say That Again, Jane Cullen
No Time Like the Future, Michael J. Fox
Medical & Other Supports

(LSVT) Lee Silverman voice training via Skype: four week program $500. Also the Lee Silverman BIG exercise program. Search online for more information.


Collingwood Speech Therapy
Toni Blanchard, Speech Therapist
(705) 441-6691


The Georgian Bay Family Health Team
Consists of family doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychotherapists to name a few. If your family doctor is a member of this team, he or she can make a referral for any of these support services for you.

Occupational therapist
Social worker
Speech therapy
Massage Therapy
Anxiety Workshops
Balance classes
Adult Fitness classes at the Y

Specific to PD:
Dr. Rasmay: Sleep Disorders
Dr. Susan Connelly: Neurologist

Exercise Programs

There are many exercise programs available in the Collingwood area. Some are available online as a result of the Covid virus. Others are not available as of yet. Many are free. Here are just a few:

The Centre Fitness Squash Wellness
90 High St., Collingwood, 705-444-7824


Tai Chi


Nicole Loudran, 705-355-2200


Rock Steady Boxing
Owen Sound YMCA,  ask for Diana


Drums Alive
Wasaga beach YMCA


Virtual Dancing with Parkinson’s


Move Free Dance Classes
The Centre Squash/Fitness
Louise Stewart Potts, 519-538-1852


Virtual Rock Steady Boxing
Available through the A.R. Kaufman YMCA in Kitchener. Contact Crystal Hughes at  There is a cost associated with these classes.


Yoga Therapist, Reiki Master
Village Yoga, Leonor Mowry, 416-258-9283


PWR Moves


WiseMoves Kingston
Erin O-Brien

Parkinson Wellness Recovery

Greenville Area Parkinson Society

Integration of YMCA & Medical Community 00:39
Four Power Moves 08:44
GHS Family YMCA in Simpsonville 16:55
Leslie Knox Closing Remarks 23:38

Pacific Medical Training - Article
BVO Seniors Centre Without Walls

Take part in Social & Recreational Activities. Telephone-based. No computer or internet needed. Learn more about seniors’ safety, health, wellness, finance and community resources. Get individual confidential support to connect with resources you need.

For Calendar of Events & Information, contact 519-599-2577, ext 6 or

BVO Seniors Centre Without Walls Brochure

Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO)

The Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario (OACAO) is a recognized leader in the development of quality services, resources and support for our network of community-based older adult centres.

Hospice Georgian Triangle

Hospice Georgian Triangle provides compassionate care in the home and at Campbell House for individuals and families dealing with life-limiting illness living in the communities of The Town of Blue Mountains, Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and Clearview Township. Care programs come at no cost and focus on the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of both the patient and family, enhancing quality of life.

Nursing Home Abuse

Older adults get hurt, are neglected, and even die in the same facilities where they should be receiving proper care. Nursing home abuse involves harm or injury done to an older adult intended to cause pain, suffering, or impairment.

Elder Abuse

There are six main types of elder abuse, all of which can cause serious repercussions to the wellbeing of your loved ones. While there are protective elder abuse laws in every state, learning the signs of abuse, prevention tactics and how to report abuse can help you ensure safety for older adults at risk.

How to Take Levodopa

Can you relate to this?

Your doctor tells you you have Parkinson’s, which may or may not come as a surprise to you. After you take a few deep breaths and ask questions about what comes next, your doctor writes you a prescription for carbidopa/levodopa and sends you on your way. Click the link below to read on.