PA Calgary Office Needs YOU for the Brighter Day Program

February 3, 2014
What would you like the nurses of tomorrow to know about Parkinson disease (PD)?  This is your opportunity to teach them; PA Calgary Office is looking for families or individuals with PD to work with third year nursing students from Mount Royal University from March – April 2014.
The Brighter Day Program (BDP) is a unique program between Parkinson Alberta (PA) and post-secondary education institutions across Alberta.  This incredible community partnership provides invaluable learning opportunities for post-secondary students to be educated on Parkinson disease first hand via a series of visits to PD clients and care partners. 

What are the benefits of BDP?  

  • Reduces  social isolation for the Parkinson population through various initiatives and activities, like home visits
  • Expands  and complements  existing Parkinson Alberta support services
  • Connects  more people with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners
  • Increases  community awareness about Parkinson’s disease
  • Provides care partners forms of respite; allowing the care partner time for self-care
  • Provides  opportunities for post-secondary students to learn about Parkinson’s disease and its effects on the family system
Previous participants have indicated to us that the experience is both enjoyable and valuable, noting that not only is information shared, but learning is reciprocal.  Our students finish their partnership with us knowing that their future nursing practices will be positively affected and that they will have more to offer future clients.
For more information on the Brighter Day Program, check out the Fall2013 issue of the Parkinson Pulse.
If you would like further information or would like to sign up to participate, please contact Tanya via email or phone 403-243-9901.
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