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Save the date for our 2012 Upcoming Events:


  • April 14: Saturday Education Series - Complementary and Alternative Therapies with Dr. Lisa Corbin (rescheduled from December)
  • April 19: CardinalCare: Community Caregiving Workshop
  • April 28: Semi-Annual Support Group Leader Summit
  • May 15: Education PAR Excellence - The Heart and Soul of Ritual, Connection
  • June 3: 2012 Parkinson Association Vitality Walk


PD In the News


COMIRB #10-0771

Title: Cognitive Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease

Investigator: Benzi Kluger, MD

Overview: The University of Colorado research study plans to study how changes in brain activity may be related to thinking problems in Parkinson's disease (PD). This is not a treatment study. Study includes measuring brain activity using magnetoencephalography (MEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to stimulate the brain. Study consists of a screening visit and three 2-hour long study visits. Compensation provided.

Eligibility: People between 45-89 years old with Parkinson's disease on stable doses of medications and healthy controls.

Contact: Jo Shattuck, (303) 724-4718


Additional research trials are listed on our website here.
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2012 Vitality Walk
Volunteers Needed
Cari's Corner
Colfax Marathon
Flanked by Angels
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2012 Vitality Walk - Enhancing Lives With Every Step 
On Sunday, June 3, 2012 the Parkinson Association of the Rockies will host the 10th annual Vitality Walk! This year we are expanding the walk to include two sites: Wash Park in Denver and the Lehigh Park in Erie. Two sites, 2,000 steps and one unforgettable experience! 


Our goal is to draw more than 1,000 walkers to promote community awareness about Parkinson's disease and raise over $100,000 to support the services of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies. Participants will enjoy music, food and discover new products and services at the Resource Fair. 


Walk the walk that connects communities and enhances lives. Walk the walk and let others know that we can do something about PD. Walk the Parkinson Association Vitality Walk.


Sunday, June 3, 2012
Wash Park, Denver - Walk Start inside park near Franklin and Mississippi 
Lehigh Park, Erie - 751 Eichhorn Drive, Erie


8:00 am Registration Begins 
9:00 am Walk Start 
10:00 am Resource fair and entertainment (Denver only) 


Registration $30/person. For more information or to register visit HERE!
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Volunteers Needed
We are quickly approaching 9 News Health Fair season. The Parkinson Association is looking for volunteers to attend these events on behalf of PAR. Locations vary from the Metro Denver area to Boulder, Longmont, Mead and more. The 9News Health Fairs are a great way to engage our community during Parkinson's Awareness Month. If you are interested, please contact Susan at (303) 830-1839 or

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Cari's Corner: Tips and Tricks for Living with Parkinson's 

*In this post are a few common ways to assist with writing, speaking, issues with freezing and taking medications. What has worked for you? Please respond on our blog with your favorite tips and tricks that help you get along each day with Parkinson's.


Are you having a difficult time swallowing your Parkinson's medications? Try drinking carbonated water while taking your medications. The carbonation tends to help make swallowing easier.


Is your care partner having a difficult time hearing you when you speak? Think of speaking "LOUDER!" The LSVT therapy was developed in 1987 by Dr. Lorraine Ramig and Carolyn Mead, both Speech Language Pathologists. It was the first specific voice treatment for Parkinson's patients and has been proven to be the most effective treatment for people with Parkinson's disease. The therapy takes place 4 days a week for 4 weeks.  It focuses on exercises to help you project your voice. Until you have the therapy, try practicing shouting across the room. You may perceive that you are shouting, when in fact, you are speaking louder so others can hear you better. Read More

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Attention Colfax Marathon Participants... Colfax Marathon

You're participation in this event can support the Parkinson Association of the Rockies


Once again the Parkinson Association is a Colfax Marathon Charity Partner. Participation in this event means that you will be a part of one of the nation's largest charity partner programs! And, Parkinson Association of the Rockies keeps 100% of the funds you raise! You can participate in the marathon, half marathon or relay all the while raising funds for the Association.


Click here to learn more about the 2012 DaVita Charity Partners Program for the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon. Click here to register today.   


Thank you to those who have already signed up!

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Flanked by Angels by: Jeannie Salonya

As I sit here remembering one of the best ski outings I have experienced in recent years, I decided to share my joy with others affected by Parkinson's disease. The January Parkinson's Association of the Rockies' newsletter featured an upcoming Ski Program for people with Parkinson's sponsored by the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC).


My curiosity was peaked. Just three years prior, I thought I had skied for the last time. It was about this time when my brain started to fail in sending the proper signals to the right side of my body; leaving me at the middle of the mountain waiting to be driven to the bottom by the ski patrol. The pain of that moment was indelible. Read More