Parkinson’s bladder and bowel talk
Parkinson’s bladder and bowel – Parkinson Canada is sponsoring a talk about bladder and bowel symptoms to be given by Dr. Lysanne Campeau, While many people are aware of the stiffness, slowness, walking problems and tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease (PD), few know about some other symptoms that can manifest themselves years before diagnosis.
“Many people notice they lose their sense of smell and taste as they get older. Others observe their handwriting changing and getting smaller. As well, many people suffer from constipation and sleep issues. But these could be the early signs of PD, and not just a normal part of aging,” says Danielle Blain, Managing Director of Parkinson Canada in Quebec.
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month; to mark the occasion, Parkinson Canada and the Cummings Centre are presenting Parkinson’s Bladder and Bowel on Tuesday April 10, from 1 to 4 pm at Golf Dorval 2000 Reverchon Ave. in Dorval.
“This is not a topic people really want to talk about and they suffer in silence. We want to bring these issues out of the bathroom and into the light,” continues Blain.
Dr. Campeau is a Urologist at the Jewish General Hospital and Assistant Professor at McGill University. Her talk will be followed by an open discussion as well as a bilingual question and answer period about constipation and PD with Dominique Longpré, a Nutritionist-Dietitian at EquipeNutrition.ca.
Some 25 000 Quebecers live with Parkinson’s disease and one out of five is younger than 50 years of age. More than half of the people diagnosed with Parkinson’s will need formal or informal assistance for their daily living, while health care professionals from a dozen specialties may be needed to treat the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Motor symptoms include: rigidity, slowness, posture and gait changes as well as tremors. There are about 20 possible non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, ranging from sleep disorders, depression and incontinence to speaking and swallowing difficulties.
Parkinson’s Bladder and Bowel Talk
Tuesday, April 10, from 1 to 4 pm
Golf Dorval 2000 Reverchon Avenue in Dorval
Cost: $10 including light refreshments (kosher)
to register: 514.734.1819 or infoQC@parkinson.ca