April 11th is World Parkinson's Day and this year we are looking to raise both awareness and funds for services that help those who are living with Parkinson's on Vancouver Island.
Parkinson’s is a slowly progressive disorder of the central nervous system, in which there is a loss of dopamine (a chemical that acts as a messenger between brain cells)in the brain. With the loss of dopamine, the brain is not able to make or send signals to control movement properly. Primary symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness or rigidity of muscles, and balance changes. There may also non motor symptoms such as mood changes, insomnia and issues related to bowel, bladder and blood pressure. Mix of symptoms differ widely among those affected.
HeadWay Victoria offers a wide range of services to individuals, their families, friends and caregivers. A donation today means more people who are scared and confused with a new diagnosis can access much needed care, knowledge and support to help them along their new path. Clients come into our office concerned and unsure about what is going to happen and they leave with a sense of empowerment and care plan to help them along the way. HeadWay Victoria offers one-on-one consultations, education workshops and numerous support groups for not only those with PD, but also their families and care-partners