Parkinson Association of the Rockies



Dazzle and Delight
Please join us for the 5th Annual Gala benefitting the Parkinson Association of the Rockies on Wednesday, October 17th at the Ritz Carlton, downtown Denver. This event celebrates those affected by Parkinson's disease and their determination to live well. Event participants will be Dazzled by entertainment and Delighted with festive drinks and delicious food.
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Upcoming Events

October 2: Artful Expressions Launch Party 

October 4: Boulder - Education PAR Excellence: What is the Meaning of Illness, Disability and Aging?

October 8: Artful Expressions Classes Begin

October 9: Tai Chi Classes Begin

October 13: The Doctor Is In, Grand Junction

October 14: Grand Junction 1st Annual Vitality Walk

October 17: Dazzle and Delight, Annual Gala and Auction

October 20: Saturday Education - Eat, Drink and Live Well: Swallowing Issues for People with Parkinson's


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New Support Groups
The Doctor Is In and Vitality Walk
Fall Prevention
New Support Groups
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Education PAR Excellence | Boulder, CO
What is the Meaning of Illness, Disability and Aging?
Our understanding and interpretation of illness, disability and aging informs and influences our lived experience. Do you perceive challenges as a punishment for a sinful life? A biological fluke? A trial? A mystery? Furthermore, what does the perceived meaning of illness reflect about your spiritual, religious and/or cultural beliefs and norms? The discernment of meaning is critically important when confronted by the challenges of illness, disability and aging. Meaning has the capacity to transform the nature of suffering. You are invited to consider how your foundational beliefs serve to bring life into focus when all other coping methods prove to be inadequate. 
When: Thursday, October 4, 2012
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Where: Villas at the Atrium, 3350 30th Street, Boulder, CO
Presentation by: Jane Barton, MTS, MASM - Cardinal, LLC
Cost: FREE and dinner is included and registration is required

Please call (303) 830-1839 or email to RSVP.
The Doctor Is In and Vitality Walk in Grand Junction
Join us for a weekend in Grand Junction dedicated to Enhancing Lives and Connecting Communities. All proceeds from the events this weekend are dedicated to continuing and expanding programs and services in Grand Junction and throughout the Western slope.  
The Doctor Is In | October 13th
Dr. Mariel Szapiel will discuss Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, including what it entails, the risks and benefits of the surgery and what makes a good candidate for surgery. She will also outline follow up programming and address concerns expressed by the audience.
Following, Dr. Szapiel, Dr. Seth Kareus will discuss other treatment options for people with Parkinson's, including medications, exercise and alternative therapies. Dr. Kareus recently moved to Grand Junction where he'll be practicing Neurology out of Saint Mary's Hospital in conjunction with Neurological Associates. He specializes in Parkinson's and other movement disorders.

Jennifer McKenzie, MSPT will discuss the importance of exercise for people with Parkinson's. She will highlight the different types of exercises which research has proven to have the best results for people with Parkinson's.
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd., Grand Junction CO
Vitality Walk | October 14th
On Sunday, October 14, 2012 the Parkinson Association of the Rockies will host the 1st annual Vitality Walk in Grand Junction!

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.
Time: 10:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Long Family Memorial Park
$10/person for the Doctor Is In
$25/person for The Doctor Is In and the Vitality Walk
$20/adult and $5/child to attend the Vitality Walk only
For more information please call toll-free at (866) 718-2996 or to register visit HERE.
Fall Prevention
Falls can be very frightening to individuals with Parkinson's disease and their care partners. They generally are dramatic and symbolize a loss of control. One of our major goals as an organization is to educate individuals living with Parkinson's disease on fall prevention and identify ways to prevent falls.
Our Balance and Strength exercise classes can help you take back some control. Any one of our exercise classes - Tai Chi, Yoga, Rhythm & Grace, high-intensity exercise - gives you the tools to achieve strength emotionally and physically. If you are experiencing more and more falls, see your doctor for further evaluation.
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New Classes Beginning 
Tai Chi | Begins October 9th 
Tai chi is a balance-based exercise that originated in China as a martial art. While there are many different styles, all are characterized by slow, relaxed and flowing movements.

When: Tuesday's, 4:30 - 5:30pm
Where: Movement and Neuroperformance Center, 
499 E. Hampden Ave., Ste. 250, Englewood, CO 80113
*Complimentary valet parking provided by 499 E. Hampden
Cost: $5/person
Artful Expressions | Begins October 8th
Creative activities have been found to be of therapeutic value for people living with Parkinson's disease (PD). The benefits of group artistic activities include a non-verbal means of expression, improved fine motor skills and concentration, relaxation, stress reduction, group camaraderie and social interaction as well as a sense of accomplishment. Artful Expressions classes are designed specifically with PD in mind. 
When: Monday's, 10:00 am - Noon
Where: Englewood Meridian, Craft Room
3455 South Corona Street, Englewood, CO 80113
Cost: $40/four week session  
Contact Susan Lanzer at
or (303) 830-1839 for more information or to register for either class.
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