Today's date: Tuesday December 11, 2018
column width padding column width padding

The Wellington Advertiser Masthead Logo

We Cover The County...
40,052 Audited Circulation

WEEKLY POLL   |   Community News   |   EQUINE   |   Schools & Buses

Shop Arthur
Business Leader Banner
column width padding column width padding

Parkinson Society, VON launch exercise program

LISTOWEL - The Parkinson Society of southwestern Ontario and VON Canada have formed a partnership for a new exercise program for people living with Parkinson’s. It begins the week of Feb.13.

The Parkinson’s Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together (SMART) Integration Project was funded through the South West Local Health Integration Network to provide the opportunity to exercise in a safe environment with others who experience similar challenges.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder that affects smooth coordinated muscle movements in the body. Many people with Parkinson’s experience challenges with everyday tasks such as walking, eating, swallowing and communicating with others.

This six-week exercise program is designed to bring together people who are affected by Parkinson’s, providing information, exercise and additional support to caregivers.  The group exercise program will emphasize fun social interactions in a community setting while providing instruction twice a week on exercises appropriate for people living with the disease.

These programs will provide everyday fitness strategies that will help people achieve a better quality of life with Parkinson’s.

There are nearly 100,000 Canadians who suffer from this neuro-degenerative disorder that causes symptoms such as tremors, slowness and stiffness, impaired balance and rigidity of the muscles.

This number is expected to double by 2016 to over 200,000 people. Once thought to be a disease exclusive to the elderly, 1 in 10 people will be under the age of 40 at the time of diagnosis.

There is currently no known cause or cure for Parkinson’s.  

For further information on how to register or volunteer for the Listowel Parkinson’s VON SMART Exercise Program, call Lindsay Van Bergen at 519-291-5898.

January 20, 2012


Tell Us What You Think

Login to submit a comment

Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser. Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive, unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed. You must register or log in in order to post a comment. For more information, read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines.




Wellington County

Related Stories

  • Parkinson Society, VON launch exercise program
  • Annual heifer sale supports Mennonite charities
  • Combines set to roll for world record Sept. 30
  • Nearly 100 combines have registered to set record in Harvest for Hunger
  • Fire Marshal's Report
  • CHP leader in area on April 6
  • Tributes poured in after two killed fighting fire
  • Pettapiece nominated as PC candidate for Perth-Wellington riding
  • Perth-Wellington PCs to have contested nomination meeting Saturday
  • Scientist explains areas of progress to group
  • Wilkinson announces $3-million to revive former Campbell Soup factory via Erie Meat Products Limited
  • Highway 23 resurfacing will mean rough road this fall
  • Farmers honoured for innovations
  • Annual heifer sale raised $202,000 for MCC
  • Annual heifer sale
  • Father’s Day Farm Car Tour on June 17
  • column width padding column width padding column width padding

    The Wellington Advertiser





    Digital Publications


    Twitter Logo

    Free Press News Network Logo