Parkinson Association of the Rockies



Upcoming Events (click on date for more information)
August 25:  Ride for Parkinson's
Ride to Benefit Parkinson Association
Estes Park to Loveland

August 25: Colorado Courage 5K 

Race to Benefit Parkinson Association

Cheesman Park, Denver
August 27: Mini-Series: Late Stage PD - Part I
Heritage Club, 1860 S. Potomac St., Aurora
September 7: The Doctor Is In: Grand Junction
Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction
September 10: Mini-Series: Cognitive Changes - Part I
St. Gabriel's Church, 6190 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Vlg.

September 17: Mini-Series: Late Stage PD - Part II
Heritage Club, 1860 S. Potomac St., Aurora
September 19: Party for Parkinson's: Party in the Cabin
The Inn at Hudson Gardens, 6115 S. Santa Fe Dr., Littleton
October 8: Mini-Series: Cognitive Changes - Part II
St. Gabriel's Church, 6190 E. Quincy Ave., Cherry Hills Vlg.
Save The Date: NEW Annual Conference   
October 11: E3 - Educate * Empower * Energize
For People with PD, their family & professional care partners
Mile Hi Church, W. Alameda, Lakewood
For more information or to register, please call
(303) 830-1839 or email 
In This Issue
Ride for Parkinson's
Parkinson's In the News
Helpful Tips - Balance
Community Events
Local Research Studies

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We are looking for a volunteer support group leader to facilitate an already established support group in Englewood, CO. This unique individual enjoys working with people and is passionate about Parkinson's.  The group meets monthly on the third Tuesday at 10 am.  If interested, please call (303) 830-1839 or email


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Parkinson's disease didn't stop John Jacquinot from living his life. Neither has a car wreck that involved a drug-induced driver going an estimated 130 mph. Sure, he suffered a broken back and brain damage, but it didn't stop him, and now he wants to do something to give back to others in the Colorado Parkinson's community. 

John is planning a Ride for Parkinson's and would love for you to ride with him, make a contribution to his campaign or just show your support! 

Ride Details:
10:30am: Meet in Estes Park McDonald's parking lot to begin ride 
1:30pm:   Lunch at Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch 
3:30pm:   Break/Refreshment at Jamoka Joe's Drive-Thru 
Finish:      Big Beaver Brewing Co 

Special Thanks for Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch, Jamoka Joe's and Big Beaver Brewing Co. for specials provided to ride participants. Not a rider but want to participate - show up at the above locations and enjoy a treat while you cheer on ride participants. 

Event Shirts for Sale:
"Redneck Ride for Parkinson's" embroidered shirts available for $15.00. Contact John to order your shirt today!

If you would like to ride with John, contact him today: (970) 213-9409
Parkinson's in the News

Important Announcements & Reminders

Support Group Updates 

The following support groups will not be meeting in August:

Denver - L.E.A.P. - 2nd Wednesday

Boulder - 3rd Tuesday 


NEW Care Partner Support Group  in Boulder

2nd Thursdays beginning September 12

HomeWatch Caregivers of Boulder County - 2945 Center Green Ct., Ste. D.


The Parkinson Association offers several Support Groups throughout Colorado and we encourage you to to visit other support groups.


Exercise Class Changes

New meeting time Stapleton Yoga Class:  1:40 - 2:40 Monday (beginning Aug. 12)


The Longmont Rhythm & Grace dance program has been cancelled.  


NEW Rhythm & Grace dance class will start in Loveland on Tuesdays 

Beginning October 15th - November 19th | 11:00 am - noon 

Studio West Loveland, 645 Denver Ave, Loveland

Parkinson's Tips - Maintaining Balance 

Research indicates that up to 60% of individuals with Parkinson's disease experience falls. Parkinson's symptoms such as freezing, rigidity and poor balance significantly increase the likelihood of taking a fall that could further impair mobility.  To maintain balance and reduce your risk of falling, consider the following;

  • In place of carrying a purse use a fanny pack or back pack.  This will ensure you always have a free hand to steady yourself.
  • Avoid using both hands to carry things.  Once again, this will ensure you have a hand to steady and/or balance yourself.
  • People with Parkinson's often have a shuffle gait.  Be proactive and consciously think about lifting your feet when you walk.
  • Regularly exercise.  Studies indicate exercise helps maintain balance and improve gait.
  • Keep pathways in the home free of obstacles, including throw rugs, coffee tables and wires that you might trip on.
  • Use walking sticks, a cane or a walker if necessary.

Community Events (click on date for more information)

August 24: CNI Parkinson's Disease Patient Education Event

Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver 

October 19: Rocky Mountain Family Conference 

For individuals diagnosed with PSP, MSA and CBD and their family members 
Westin Hotel Westminster, 10600 Westminster Blvd., Westminster 
Research Studies

To improve future treatments for Parkinson's disease, consider participating in one of the following local research studies:


Title & Overview:  Study to Evaluate the Pharmacodynamics, Efficacy and Safety of an injectable Medication Administered to Patients with Parkinson's disease and Chronic Constipation.  To investigate the effects of an injectable medication for 14 days on the frequency of spontaneous bowel movements.


Eligibility:  People with PD, diagnosis of chronic constipation, regular treatment for chronic constipation for 12 or more weeks in the preceding 12 months.


Investigator: Rajeev Kumar, M.D. 

Contact: Breanna Nickles CCRC (303) 357-5445 or


Title & Overview: Acupuncture for Fatugue in Parkinson's Disease.  To determine the effect of acupuncture on fatigue, mood, motor serferity and quality of life in PD.


Eligibility:  People with PD, age 40 or over, stable on medications for at least 30 days, not experiencing dementia, highly fatigued.


Investigator:  Benzi Kluger, M.D.

Contact:  Eta Abaca, (303) 724-2193 or