Active Living with Parkinson’s Webinar

Harry McMurtryFind out why therapists and neurologists are recommending ACTIVATOR Poles for Parkinson’s for improving gait pattern, balance, posture, mood and factors related to fall prevention.  The ACTIVATOR Poles and technique were designed by a therapist for improving safety and stability and are being prescribed as an alternative to canes and postponing or reducing the use of walkers (under the assessment of a therapist).


Harry McMurtry who has Parkinson’s, completed the highly acclaimed event 500 Miles for Parkinson’s from New York to Toronto by walking 15 miles per day.  Early in his journey, Harry started using the ACTIVATOR poles which he called a Game Changer.





-Research Review (4 recent studies on Nordic walking & Parkinson’s)
-Activator Technique developed for stability and normalizing gait pattern
-Find out why clients with Parkinson’s are highly motivated to use walking poles instead of other devices
-Seated, Standing & Gait Training Exercises

Guest Speaker:  Physiotherapist, Jan Goldstein Elman, BSc (PT) MHSc  & Sunhan Anderson, PT
Date:  August 14, 2019 at 7 pm EST (4 pm PST)

To listen to the recording of this webinar, click below

Recorded Webinar

Host:  Mandy Shintani BSc (OT) reg. & Gerontologist.  Developer of the ACTIVATOR Poles.  Presenter at the International 200 Years of Parkinson’s Disease (2016)
For: Rehab Professionals

Bio:  Jan Goldstein Elman BScPT MHSc, has been in clinical practice for more than 25 years, focusing on neurological and geriatric rehabilitation.   She has completed advanced degrees and extensive post-graduate training and certification (including both LSVT® BIG and PWR!™ for PD).   Jan has a strong commitment to best practices and since 1997, have developed along with Rebecca Gruber, implemented and systematically evaluated physiotherapy services for PD at organizations in the Greater Toronto Area including Baycrest, Toronto Public Health, and the Centre for Movement Disorders.  Jan is a lecturer in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto.  She regularly presents research findings on PT intervention in PD at national and international scientific conferences.

Bio:  Sunhan received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2006 and Bachelor of Sciences in 2002 from the University of Minnesota.  She has over 13 years of professional experience in the United States and Canada.  Sunhan is certified in LSVT BIG, Urban Poling Activator, PWR! Moves, and Rock Steady Boxing.  She is currently working towards a diploma in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy.  Sunhan enjoys working with both neurological and orthopaedic cases and has a special interest in working with people with Parkinson’s.

Click below to listen to a previous recorded webinar with physiotherapist, Dr. Becky Farley, founder of Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery.

Recorded Webinar with Dr. Becky Farley, PWR



Plant, Push Propel

Proper technique allows you to get the maximum benefit from your Urban Poles.  When in doubt go back to the 3P’s, Plant, Push Propel.  Start slowly, if you become confused, stop & begin again.

Barb Gormley, Director of Education



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