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Nanaimo Caregiver Support Group

Meetings for the new Nanaimo Caregiver Support Group will be held at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2174-Departure Bay Road on the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 2pm until 4pm.

The next three meetings are November 1, November 16 and December 6 after which there will be a review of when and how to continue.



New Rhythms and Moves & PWR! Classes (Updated)

Updated with corrected times
Symphony Neurological Rehabilitation’s Spring classes at Vibe Studio 

start next Tues. May 23,  

Pre-registration is required thru Symphony clinic 250-618-4548 
$80/8 weeks (we miss the weeks when the Parky group meets)

12:00-1:00pm 12:30 – 1:30 pm Rhythms and Moves for Brain Health (corrected times)
1:45- 2:45 pm  PWR! Moves (adapted exercise, seated class)
Contact info. for our instructor Genya –  

Communicating with Drums

I recently came across a YouTube video of a presentation called Do You Speak Djembe?  In light of the new PD drumming class that our Nanaimo PD support group helped start earlier this month, I thought that this would be worth mentioning.

The talk was part of a one day series of TEDx talks given under the theme of Technology vs Humanity in Hollywood in September 2016.  The drummer-presenter, Doug Manuel, makes a case for the importance of community in our lives and the drums ability to help bring together people into communities.

Doug’s message is interesting but, to me at least, the drum-dominated music is the reason to watch the video. Listen and you’ll find it hard not to be drawn in.




Cognition, Memory & Yoga

Laura Frey, who runs the Nanaimo Yoga class for persons with PD, recently forwarded the following link to me: Cognition and Memory in Parkinson’s Disease and Yoga: An Interview with Richard Rosen.

Richard Rosen is a California Yoga teacher who has adapted his program as a result of his PD diagnosis. The interviewer starts by asking:

What has been your personal experience with how yoga can affect cognitive function and memory?

Richard’s answer begins:

As soon as you’re diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), if you’re not already a yoga student, get yourself to a yoga class…

That’s pretty powerful. Read the whole interview – there’s lots more interesting insight and several links at the end of the interview for those wanting to dig deeper. And underneath the interview window is a whole new blog, Yoga for Healthy Aging, to explore.