The Fanny Bernstein Living Well with Parkinson’s Program

The Fanny Bernstein Living Well with Parkinson’s Program is an education, exercise and support program for clients with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers. It promotes a better understanding of how to manage Parkinson’s disease to improve quality of life and maximize independence. The program is offered twice a year and consists of two-hour sessions for eight weeks. One individual consultation will be provided to each client prior to attending our group program. 

Seniors' Care at NYGH: Parkinson's disease

Seniors' Care is a six-video series about common health challenges in older adults. As you age, it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle and be aware of early signs and symptoms of health issues so preventative measures and early interventions can be taken. Watch the video Seniors' Care at NYGH: Parkinson's disease and view other videos in the series.

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disease which mainly affects seniors and 90% of patients are over 60. The number of Canadians with Parkinson's disease is expected to double by 2030. While Parkinson's disease is mainly characterized by physical symptoms (tremors and slow movements), it's often the non-physical symptoms that have the greatest impact on quality of life.

North York General Hospital Physician Dr. Joyce Lee says Parkinson's disease can affect a person's mood, anxiety levels, how they think, and even their sleep. Blood pressure and bowel habits are often also affected. Dr. Lee stresses the importance of understanding the disease, and seeking support to better manage the symptoms in order to live well with Parkinson's.