Country Terrace residents and staff participate in Walk for Parkinson

Everyone was encouraged to walk, wheel or exercise to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease

Country Terrace residents and team members couldn’t attend the Parkinson Society of Southwestern Ontario’s annual Walk for Parkinson’s fundraiser this past weekend, so instead, they completed their own awareness event Sept. 5-9 at the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home.

Almost every September Country Terrace participates in the Walk for Parkinson’s to support the Parkinson Society. During this year’s event, residents and team members walked, wheeled or did exercises with the physiotherapy and life enrichment teams to earn as many “shoes” as they could.

The shoes were cardboard cutouts of running shoes with participants’ names printed on them that were attached to poster boards team members made for the event, explains Country Terrace life enrichment co-ordinator Lora Blackett.

She adds that residents and staff members from each Country Terrace neighbourhood had their own poster board.

Lora says there was “lots of resident participation” with about 10 to 15 residents from each of the home’s neighbourhoods coming out each day.

At the end of the week, the life enrichment team put all the shoes into a draw and three residents received prizes.

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. According to Parkinson Canada, there are more than 100,000 Canadians living with Parkinson’s disease, and 25 Canadians each day are diagnosed with the condition.

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