Parkinson Association of the Rockies



Dazzle and Delight
The 5th Annual Gala benefitting the Parkinson Association of the Rockies is tomorrow, Wednesday, October 17th at the Ritz-Carlton, downtown Denver. We have very limited seating available. If you are planning to attend and have not RSVPed contact Kari at (303) 830-1839 or by 4:00 pm today! 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 17: Dazzle and Delight, Annual Gala and Auction

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

October 27: The Doctor Is In, Loveland

November 10: Davis Phinney Victory Summit

November 13: Education PAR Excellence, The Courage to Mourn


Parkinson's in the News

In This Issue
Dazzle and Delight
Vitality Walk in Grand Junction
Saturday Education
The Doctor Is In
Support Groups
Online Forum
Going Green
Save the Date
In Your Community

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Grand Junction - 1st Annual Vitality Walk

Congratulations and thank you to all the walkers who stepped up and stepped out on Sunday, October 14th to make Grand Junction's 1st Annual Vitality Walk a great success.  


Alpine Bank sponsored this first ever event to help raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and the programs and services available to those living with Parkinson's disease in Grand Junction and across the Western Slope. 

Eat, Drink and Live Well: Swallowing Issues for People with Parkinson's
with John Dean, MA, CCC, SLP

Are you having difficulty when swallowing pills? Do you find yourself choking or coughing on liquids - i.e. "something going down the wrong pipe"? Have you noticed an increase in drooling, including wetness or moisture on your pillow when waking in the morning? Find out how these are related to your Parkinson's disease and what you can do to treat them. Join speech language pathologist and Parkinson's Team Director at Summit Rehab, John Dean, MA CCC SLP, as he discusses swallowing issues related to Parkinson's disease.

To RSVP call (303) 830-1839 or email
The Doctor Is In | Loveland, CO
Dr. Curt Freed, author of Healing the Brain, will speak on the current research in Parkinson's disease. Dr. Freed will discuss his work with a new drug called phenylbutyrate and his research on protecting dopamine.
Jackie Nielsen will follow Dr. Freed's presentation with a discussion of Nutrition and Parkinson's. She will offer examples of how to manage some PD symptoms with proper nutrition and a balanced diet.
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Pulliam Building, 545 N. Cleveland Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537 
Cost: $10/person Lunch provided by Life Care Centers of America
To register, please call (303) 830-1839 or email
Support Groups
North East Parkinson's Support Group
Saturday, November 17th from 9:30 to 11:00 am
Dr. Benzi Kluger will be speaking on Non-motor Symptoms in Parkinson's Disease: Fatigue, Memory, Mood and More. He will be having a question and answer session as well.
Saturday, December 15th from 9:30 to 11:00 am
A representative from the University of Colorado Hospital, Alternative Medicine department will be speaking on Massage Therapy and Acupuncture for Parkinson's disease

Breakfast will be served.  

Two New Support Groups
Two new support groups are beginning in the north Denver Metro area. 

Arvada Meridian
9555 W. 59th Ave., Arvada, CO 80004
The first informational meeting will be held on October 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. For more information about this group, please email

Sunrise of Westminster | Mountain View Cottage
10300 N Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, CO 80020
The first informational meeting will be held on October 18th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. For more information about this group, please call (303) 410-0500.
New Online Forum
The Parkinson Association of the Rockies is launching a new Online Forum specifically for the Parkinson community. This forum provides an opportunity for individuals to share their experiences in a safe and welcoming environment that everyone can access.
Join conversations on different topics concerning Parkinson's and receive answers from other PWP's, care partners and experts in the field. The forum is scheduled to launch the week of October 22nd.   
For more information, please call (303) 830-1839 
Publishing the ParkinsonVoice is expensive. Help us reduce costs and allocate more funding to expand programs and services by Going Green! The ParkinsonVoice will be available online, on your iPad, iPhone and Android.
If you would like to Go Green, please email your
full name and email address to
Save the Date
Save the date for the 2013 Vitality Walk! Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 2nd in Washington Park, Denver and in Northern Colorado! Sponsorship opportunities are available. 

For more information, please call the office at (303) 830-1839 
In Your Community
The Davis Phinney Victory Summit | Denver 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012 | 9:00 am - 3:15 pm


The Davis Phinney Foundation and their Denver partners invite you to join them at the Denver Marriott Tech Center for a day of inspiration and information from leading movement disorder neurologists and physical therapists. 


Topics will include:

  • The PD You Don't See: Cognitive and Non-Motor Symptoms
  • Exercise as Medicine
  • Parkinson's Research Update
  • Living Well with Parkinson's
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Surgery
  • Interactive exercise sessions

The event is free to attend, but registration online or by phone (1-888-364-6415) is required. Lunch and refreshments will be served. 

To LLife: Love, Laughter, Inspiration, Faith, Engagement
Friday, November 2, 2012 | 9:00 am - 2:00 pm 
Please join the Woodward Respite Fund for an interactive discussion of not only the challenges of aging but also the opportunities of aging. When everything feels beyond our control, realize that we always have the freedom to choose an attitude in the midst of change and challenge. We can't control everything that happens to us over the course of a lifetime. But we always retain the spiritual freedom to choose a response to life - to choose an attitude that serves us well.

To LLIFE is an easy way to remember the essential elements of life - the needed ingredients for a rich, meaningful life: love, laugher, inspiration, faith, and engagement. Using humorous and poignant stories, we will appreciate the importance of each element - particularly the element of humor.

Olinger Crown Hill, Reception Center, 7777 West 29th Avenue, Wheat Ridge, CO
No Charge for this Program | Lunch is provided
Seating is limited - Register early Reservations are required by October 29th, 2012

For reservations please call 303-813-1669.