Parkinson Association of the Rockies





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


United States Declares April 

National Parkinson's Awareness Month

Thanks to Senator Udall and six of his fellow congressman, April has been declared National Parkinson's Awareness Month. Let your community know why they should be talking about Parkinson's Awareness Month. Write a letter to your editor about the cause. For a letter template, visit here. For more on the resolution visit here.


Volunteers Needed
The Parkinson Association is looking for volunteers to staff 9News Health Fair booths throughout the month of April at two locations in Aurora, one in Westminster, one in Broomfield and one in Denver.


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
In This Issue
2012 Vitality Walk
CardinalCare Workshop
Support Group Announcements
Research Trials
Colfax Marathon
New Yoga Class
Ask the Doc
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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 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!
CardinalCare Community Caregiving Workshop
One of the greatest challenges we face in the United States today is effectively and compassionately caring for one another. Whether challenged by illness, disability or the natural process of aging, we will all require the help and assistance of others - professional healthcare providers as well as family and friends.
CardinalCare is an affordable, effective model of communal caregiving that organizes a group of informal caregivers to provide trusted, sustained and continuous support to an individual or family in need. Primary caregivers need not feel isolated, alone and exhausted. Family members, friends and community members who are called to share the care, transform the experience for all involved. By coming together and sharing the responsibilities of care, we experience the heart and soul of caring.  
Program Information Touching Hearts
Thursday, April 19th 
9:00am - 1:00pm 
Most Precious Blood Parish Center 
2225 South Colorado BoulevardDenver, CO 80222
Speaker: Jane W. Barton, MTS, MASM
This program is appropriate for anyone currently caring for someone who is living with a chronic illness or anyone who anticipates caring for another person in the future. This program is free, but registration is required. For more information or to register, please call us at (303) 830-1839 or email

Support Group Announcements 

New Support Group - Northeast Denver

A new support group has formed at the Hiawatha Davis Rec Center in Northeast Denver. The next meeting is on April 28th from 9:00 - 10:30am. They will have Jennifer Moorehead from Elderlink Homecare speaking on non-medical homecare.  


The group is selling Hope Miche Shells for $15. All proceeds support the Parkinson Association. For more information, please contact Regina Jones at (720) 298-5760 or email


Thursday Night Support Group Location Change

For the month of April only, the Thursday night support group (usually meets at Bethany Lutheran Church) will change to an alternate time and location.  


Location: Atria Inn, 555 S. Pierce Street, Lakewood

Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Date: Thursday the 12th of April

Food: Dessert Bar provided by Atria Inn

Research Trials
COMIRB # 11-1237
Investigator: Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD
Title: Exploratory study of different doses of endurance exercise in people with Parkinson's disease.
Overview: This University of Colorado study will help them learn more about physical exercise for people who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) and will help them to better understand what exercise guidelines should be used in the future. This study will compare two aerobic exercise prescriptions to no exercise.
Eligibility: People who are newly diagnosed with PD, between 40-80 years old, have not yet started any medication for PD and do not anticipate starting medication in the next 6 months.
Contact: Lindsey Pederson,, (720) 848-6481 
COMRB #10-0533
Title: Acupuncture as a Symptomatic Treatment for Fatigue in Parkinson's Disease
Investigator: Benzi Kluger, MD
Overview: This University of Colorado research study plans to learn if acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for fatigue in Parkinson's Disease.
Eligibility: People with PD who are 40+ years old on stable medication regimen with no history of DBS or ablation surgery.
Contact: Etta Abaca, (303) 724-2193 
For more information on research trials in your area visit the 
Research and Alternative Therapies section of our website.

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!

A new yoga class will begin on April 9th at the University of Colorado Stapleton Clinic. You do not have to be a patient of the University of Colorado to attend.
Class Details
2:00 - 3:00pm 
3055 Roslyn Street, Denver, CO 80238 
1st floor - AF Williams Meeting Room 
Instructor: Anna Aldrete Springer 
The class is $2 per session for each participant. Additionally, we require that each participant fill out a waiver from the Parkinson Association of the Rockies. If you are unsure if you have a waiver on file or to request one, please contact us.  
If you wish to participate, please register by calling (303) 830-1839 or emailing

Ask the Doc

Do you ever leave  your doctor's office thinking, "Oh, I forgot to ask that question!"? Now you can ask the Parkinson Association and we'll get it answered for you! Submit your questions by April 20th to Lindsay Vassar at (303)  830-1839 or


Beginning in June we'll publish the answers via video on our website and YouTube. We will announce the beginning of the videos through our e-newsletter in late May.