Activities and events

The Zoom Zone

During Covid we have had to put a lot of our meet-ups online – follow the links to join in.

Cork Connect

One of the more positive aspects for 2020 is that we were forced to find new ways to keep in touch with our members. The weekly Cork Connect Zoom call is now our main means of connecting and keeping members up to date with the latest developments and news. Every 2nd Monday of the month our Head Space call is with Monica Navarro Hickey, our Psychotherapist, Monica talks about the various Psychological conditions around Parkinson’s, and also isolating due to COVID 19. The calls vary in content from topical discussions, guest speakers such as Doctors, Dietitian and specialists in related fields. Most importantly, our members, who actively contribute and participate to the benefit of us all. ‘Informative, entertaining, fun and inclusive.’

CPA Connect meeting
Time: 11:00 AM
Monday January 10th:
Happy New Year, it is 2022 and we have an action-packed calendar for the year ahead. Today we will be sharing details of some of the upcoming events and Michael Healy from HSE Living Well will tell us about the new courses available.

Every week on Mon, until Jan 17, 2022, 7 occurrence(s)
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Meeting ID: 836 6537 3949
Passcode: 288544

PD Rebels

Exercise, exercise, exercise is all we hear from Doctors, Physios and Specialists as the best way of managing and controlling our condition. To this end, our PD Rebels exercise classes were started by Conor O’Mullane. There are 10 core exercises specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s from which Conor selects 4 personalised to you to do each day based on your assessment and needs.

Initially these classes were in a public venue but moved to online like everything else. This felt like a big decision at the time but our group benefited hugely from it, not alone for the exercise but also for the camaraderie and fun during the sessions.
Andrew Burns now leads the classes and has no problem keeping us motivated and engaged.

The instructor will send you a link via email.

Regular activities

Perpetual Motion – CPA Choir

Jerome Maume, an accomplished singer with a number of choirs, was instrumental in forming the CPA choir and putting focus on safeguarding and strengthening the voice which is vital for People with Parkinson’s. The best way to do that is through singing and vocal exercises.

Under the tutelage of Pat, the Natural Voice is about celebrating the voice you were born with and about welcoming all voices into a group and working from there to make a group sound.

Sadly, due to the NEPHT guidance, Cork Airport cannot accommodate the Choir this year and we’ve had to cancel. The good news is we are first on the list for Christmas 2022 – keep you voices ready!

Read more about Jerome (PDF)

Event news

What does CPA deliver?

Following our successful Planning day and subsequent AGM we thought it was a good idea to let people know what we have been up to in the last year or so and also to share with you the plans we have for the next few years. As we all know, Covid has not made this…

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FREE: Moving-Well with Parkinson’s Class

Every Friday from 11-12 we offer a FREE Moving-Well with Parkinsons Class, onLine with ZOOM. Moving Well with Parkinsons is a one-hour dance experience for people age 55+. It is an uplifting, extremely popular modern dance class which seamlessly transports you to a very joyful place, whilst improving breathing, balance, fluidity, flexibility and strength –…

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Congratulations Ciara and Una on completing the Cork Mini Marathon. CPA are very grateful to you both for raising funds and awareness of Parkinson’s. Donation page is still open so you can still recognise Ciara and Una’s achievement!

Una and Mum Ciara after completing the Mini Marathon. Like many people I didn’t know much about Parkinson’s disease until a very dear friend of our family was diagnosed with it. I was very surprised to learn just how many different aspects there are to the disease and how no two people will exhibit the…

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Gougane Barra – revisited

A big shoutout to Stella for organising another brilliant day in Gougane Barra and for arranging the fine weather too. It was such a pleasure to meet up with 25 fellow CPA members after a long time apart. Let’s hope this marks the start of our group activities returning to normal!

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Due to COVID-19 and the global impact of the pandemic, the 6th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) has been postponed from 2022 to 2023. It will remain in Barcelona, Spain, with the new dates of July 4 to 7, 2023. That gives Perpetual Motion more time to practice and fine tune our repertoire

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The WIDE-AWAKE Club – starts again in September!

As we know all too well, sleep and night-time problems are common in Parkinson’s leaving you feeling tired and drowsy. We can be more prone to insomnia because of symptoms, such as tremor, stiffness, pain and restless legs syndrome, that can disturb sleep. Parkinson’s medication can cause excessive daytime sleepiness or sudden onset of sleep. This can be severe for some…

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