Parkinson Association of the Rockies





Upcoming Events 
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  • June 13: Rhythm & Grace Dance - Broomfield
  • June 13: Tremble Clefs - Boulder
  • June 13: PAR for the Course
  • June 14: Yoga for Parkinson's - Boulder
  • June 14: High Intensity Exercise
  • June 14: Tremble Clefs - South Denver
  • June 16: The Doctor Is In, Colorado Springs


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In This Issue
2012 Vitality Walk
Going Above and Beyond
Class Announcements
Clinical Trials
Mrs. Shaky Paws
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2012 Vitality Walk

The Parkinson Association's 10th Annual Vitality Walk was an unforgettable experience and a huge success. On Sunday June 3rd, 893 participants walked the walk to enhance lives with every step. An additional 79 day-of volunteers ensured the event ran smoothly and 395 others who couldn't attend made a contribution to the Vitality Walk. A grand total of 1,367 individuals shared an important message with our community: together we can help individuals affected by Parkinson's disease live enriched lives! We are also thrilled to announce that over $92,000 was raised for the Parkinson Association.


You can help us reach our walk goal of $100,000 by clicking here to make a walk donation.


Special thanks to all our sponsors for making this event possible: KOOL 105, CereScan, LandTitle Guarantee Company, Brookdale Senior Living, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Corner Bakery, Event Rents, First Bank, Jay's Valet, Littleton Adventist Hospital, Medtronic, Steele Street Bank & Trust, Sysco, 3-4 Fighting, Alpine Clinical Research Center, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center, Colorado Golf & Turf, Home Instead Senior Care, Ideal Homes of Colorado, Life Care Centers of America, Outdoor Mindset, PD Clinical Trial Advocacy, Touching Hearts, Synergy Home Care, Teva Neuroscience, The Foundation for Wellness Professionals, Duffy Rolls, Pepsi and Pop Chips

Jay's Valet Goes Above and Beyond

We are so grateful to all of our Vitality Walk sponsors. With your support our event was a huge success!  

Jay's Valet 

Once again Jays Valet has gone above and beyond for the Parkinson Association. Jay's Valet not only provided transportation to and from Wash Park and the parking lot, they also rode the walk course and ensured all participants crossed the finish line. In the week following the event, Jay's invited the Parkinson Association to participate in their social media campaign to earn $1,000. Follow this LINK and "Like" Jay's Valet on Facebook then submit "Parkinson Association of the Rockies".  
Class Announcements 
Over the past year, the Parkinson Association has worked to implement several new classes into the community. In order to continually expand the classes we offer, the Parkinson Association is modifying our affordable payment system for all classes. 
All classes will now be $5 per participant per session. High Intensity Exercise with Erica DeMarch will continue at the current price of $10 per participant per session. Class participants will still be billed monthly for all classes they attend. 


If you have any suggestions or concerns, please don't hesitate to call us at 

(303) 830-1839 or email us at

Clinical Trials 


COMIRB #11-1630
Title: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study of the safety and efficacy of SYN115 as adjunctive therapy in levodopa-treated Parkinson's subjects with end of dose wearing off
Investigator: Olga Klepitskaya, MD
Overview: This research study will learn more about an investigational drug, SYN115, for the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Participation in the study will last about 20 weeks and include 6 study visits. Patients will be randomly assigned to receive SYN115 120 mg, 240 mg, 360 mg, 480 mg/day or placebo. 
Eligibility: People with PD between 30-80 years old. Must be on a stable PD medication regimen, which includes levodopa.
Contact: Wendi Legg, (303) 724-8305 | University of Colorado, Movement Disorders
Self-Efficacy Learning Program for Recently Diagnosed Parkinson's Patients 
Overview: The purpose of the study is to determine whether the teaching of self-efficacy skills to patients recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in monthly support group meetings over a 12-month period will result in better physical and emotional functioning, better quality of life, and more self-efficacy after 12 months.  
Eligibility: Diagnosed with PD within 3 years, between ages 30-80, live within 90 minutes of the south Denver metro area, and have not previously participated in a Parkinson's support group.  
Contact: Lisa Fox, (303) 783-4974 | Colorado Neurological Institute
For more information on research trials in your 
area, visit the Clinical Trials section of our website.
Mrs. Shaky Paws Top 10 Recommendations for Care Partners
Live in the moment 
  • Learn from the past, plan for tomorrow, but live for today.
  • Don't put off those activities that you have talked about doing "some day". 
  • Make time for fun. 


  • It is crucial to keep the lines of communication open. Tell each other what you are thinking and feeling.
  • Share the things you are worried about and problem solve together. Express your love for each other frequently. 
  • Catch each other doing little things that provide an opportunity to express appreciation.
  • Learn as much as you can about PD and related issues.
  • Stay engaged by participating in support groups and seminars. 
  • Participate in clinical research trials with your partner in order to help yourselves as well as others. 
  • Understand and accept that PD is a moving target and that your partner's evolving condition/needs, as well as your own, will require flexibility and adaptation.
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