Friday December 7th, 2018 from 12-1pm EST. Join presenters Dr. Joyce Lee and Pharmacist Greta Mah as they discuss the North York General Hospitals Parkinson's program. To learn more or to register click here.

November 30, 2018 from 12-1PM EDT. Join presenter Dr. Cathy Craven for this Beyond the Break webinar presentation.  For more details or the OTN link to join click here.

This article discusses how the aging inmate population is growing and how there is a lack of adequate infrastructure and geriatric care in Canadian federal penitentaries. Common health issues include Hepatitis C, Parkinson disease, dementia, cancer, and end-of-life care.

The October calendar for the Belleville 50+ Centre includes meetings, presentations, recreation and social opportunities. Please see the pdf.

March 21-25, 2018, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. This five-day introductory level course provides a unique opportunity for Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists to gain insight into the basic principles of the NDT approach and how it is applied in clinical practice to promote recovery of function in individuals with neurological impairments. Participants will learn specific and practical information about managing adult neurological patients and promoting functional movement based on supporting evidence and theoretical foundations. This information will also be presented so that it can be incorporated into a variety of practice settings and will be appropriate to many rehabilitation professionals. Contact: Conference Services at 416-597-3422 Ext. 3448 or Registration is required. For more ifnformation click here.

This reading list provides links to and summaries of a variety of open source resources related to falls and neurological disorders. Resources related to Parkinson's disease, Mulitple Sclerosis, Stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury, Dementia and/or Cognitive Impairment are included. 4 pages. 

This study aimed to complete a comprehensive investigation of factors which contribute to a fear of falling in individuals with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease. Functional balance performance, dependence in ADLs, and fatigue were independently associated with fear of falling.  

This study included 141 participants with the mean age of 68 years with Parkinson’s disease. Participant falls and near falls were tracked daily for a 6 month period. The investigators found that the strongest contributing factor was fear of falling followed by a history of near falls and retropulsion.

The authors of this article argue the benefit of classifying recurrent fallers into sub-groups based on fall frequency. Fall prevention and management strategies targeting specific sub-groups of people with Parkinson's disease should be investigated and evaluated in their efficacy to reduce fall frequency.

Perturbation-based balance training is an intervention including repeated postural perturbations aimed at improving control of rapid balance reactions. This study concluded that this kind of intervention appears to reduce fall risk among older adults and those with Parkinson’s disease.