Parkinson Association of the Rockies




Upcoming Events
February 12: Care Partner Mini-Series Session One
February 20: Non-Motor Symptoms Mini-Series Session One
February 23: The Doctor Is In - Northern Colorado
February 23:
Young Onset Parkinson's Disease Seminar

March 2: The Doctor Is In - Colorado Springs
March 12: Care Partner Mini-Series Session Two
March 16: Support Group Leader Summit
March 20: Non-Motor Symptoms Mini-Series Session Two

June 2
: Save the Date!
11th Annual Vitality Walk in Denver, CO and Longmont, CO

For more information or to register, please call
(303) 830-1839 or email

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In This Issue
Parkinson's in the News
The Doctor Is In
Care Partners
Exercise Programs Recieve a Boost
How Your Home can WORK for You
Colfax Marathon
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The Doctor Is In - February 23 - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Please join the Parkinson Association for the Doctor Is In series in Northern Colorado. During the program, Dr. Benzi Kluger will discuss Common Health Issues and Parkinson's. He will highlight common concerns and how to address them. You will also learn how to advocate for your health.

Erica DeMarch will discuss Functional Exercise. Erica will explain the different kinds of exercise and what research shows is important. She will discuss the concept of nueroplasticity has an effect on our brains.
Life Care Centers of America
Lunch Provided By

Dayspring Christian Church (Click for Map)
8005 Highland Meadows Pkwy.
Fort Collins, CO 80528

This event is free, but registration is required.  
To RSVP, please call (303) 830-1839 or email  
Care Partner Mini-Series
From the moment the doctor delivers a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease the role of, and necessity for, a care partner is created. Parkinson's does not only affect the individual diagnosed; those closest to this individual are typically consumed with questions and uncertainty.

The Care Partner Mini-Series is dedicated to providing the tools and resources care partners need to support a person with Parkinson's while maintaining their own health and autonomy.  
Touching Hearts
Session One | February 12th | 1:00 - 3:00pm
Tips and Tricks in Physical Care for Parkinson's
Julie Elkjer, Touching Hearts at Home

Respite Care, What you Need to Know, Preventing Burnout and Local Resources
Roger Rhodes, Homewatch CareGivers

Session Two | March 12th | 1:00 - 3:00pm
Communication and Parkinson's disease
Cheryl Siefert, Parkinson Association of the Rockies

Planning Ahead and Advocating for your Family
Pamela Wilson, The Care Navigator

Heritage Club Denver Tech Center, 4901 South Monaco Street, Denver, CO 80237

Please RSVP to (303) 830-1839 or
Exercise Programs Receive a Boost
Thank you to Barbara and Lee Mendel for starting the Mendel Physical Activity Fund dedicated to supporting the Parkinson Association of the Rockies programs which promote physical activity. The Mendel's credit Lee's good health while living with Parkinson's disease to his active lifestyle.  They want to encourage others to invest time and energy into exercise that will keep them mobile for as long as possible.

Class fees cover less than 50% of the total cost to the Parkinson Association to provide a wide array of movement classes. The Mendel's invite you to join them in supporting exercise programs by making a contribution to the Parkinson's Association of the Rockies and designating your gift to go to the Mendel Physical Activity Fund.

Click here to make a donation and support physical
activity for those living with Parkinson's disease.
For a complete list of our classes, please visit our website.
How Your Home can WORK for You  
by: Nathan Colburn, Accessible Systems

Do you ever get the feeling that you are working for your home? I am not talking about the many years you spend paying for your home. The question is how often do you find that your home makes every day life easier for you?

In the 1950s and 1960s, kitchen appliances, dishwashers, garage door openers, toasters, microwave ovens, and washer/dryers for our clothes started to make our lives easier and give us more time for our family, community, or just for ourselves to enrich our lives. Many of these items were considered luxuries when they were first introduced, but would you consider living without them now? Continue Reading

This article is part of the Parkinson Association's Aging in Place blog series
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 2013 DaVita Charity Partners Program for the Kaiser Permanente Colfax Marathon. Click here to register today.   

Thank you to those who have already signed up!