Parkinson Society Canada

Parkinson Society Canada

September 07, 2011 08:00 ET

Parkinson SuperWalk Funds New Resources in Five Languages

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2011) - This weekend, 14,000 walkers will come out to support Canadians with Parkinson's disease and take part in Parkinson SuperWalk. They are walking in celebration and in hope, but most importantly to raise funds to improve the lives of over 100,000 Canadians with this degenerative brain disease. Thanks to money raised at Parkinson SuperWalk in 90 communities, individuals whose first language is not French or English, have new hope of understanding Parkinson's through resources now available in five additional languages.

Four of Parkinson Society Canada's most sought after information sheets are now available at no cost, in Chinese, German, Spanish, Punjabi and Italian. The fact sheets: "Taking Control", "Progression of Parkinson's", "The Facts", and "Medications", were produced with funds raised in part through the efforts of thousands of walkers who come out each year to support Parkinson SuperWalk. These information sheets are available online at parkinson.ca.

"There is an increased demand for materials in languages other than English and French and we are responding to this need," says Barbara Snelgrove, Director of Education & Services, Parkinson Society Canada. "Adult children of people with Parkinson's have found the information on our website to be very helpful. It is in response to their requests that we are providing these new materials to help their parents read and learn about Parkinson's in their own language," she adds.

Each person's Parkinson's journey is unique, and in addition to getting proper medical care from family doctors and neurologists, it is important for people living with Parkinson's and their families to receive the support and education they need. Adding the new languages to its library of information sheets, Parkinson Society Canada wants to better serve families touched by Parkinson's across the country.

Caregivers and health professionals also rely on these resources to support people with Parkinson's. The new information sheets help individuals remain independent as long as possible, manage their medication and daily activities, and keep informed about what to expect with their Parkinson's journey, in a language they understand. "Having our four most popular information sheets in five different languages (as well as French and English) is just one of the many ways we can reach more people with Parkinson's," Snelgrove says.

Funds raised from Parkinson SuperWalk help Parkinson Society Canada provide many educational materials and support services, advocacy and research into better treatments, causes and a cure. Parkinson SuperWalk takes place on two weekends in September in 90 locations across Canada. The goal is to raise $3 million. To register for Parkinson SuperWalk in your community visit parkinsonsuperwalk.ca. To find out more about Parkinson's disease and services available near you, call 1-800-565-3000 or visit parkinson.ca.

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