Parkinson Association of the Rockies



Special Opportunities Coming to Denver 


Friday, September 20 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Author of Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life, will be speaking in Denver at Bethany Lutheran Church. Program is free and registration is required. 
To register: | 303-803-1839
A FREE Movement Class returns to Denver!
Saturday, September 21 |  10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Teaching artists from the Mark Morris Dance Group will be in town and are offering a free class for persons with Parkinson's and their families, friends and care partners
To register: 1-800-957-1046  
Upcoming Events (click on date for more information)

August 27: CANCELLED Mini-series: Late Stage PD
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

September 28:  The Doctor is In:  Roaring Fork Valley
El Jebel Community Center, 20 Eagle County Rd, El Jebel
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
October 19: Rocky Mountain Family Conference
For individuals diagnosed with PSP, MSA, CBD
Westin Westminster, Westminster, Colorado 
For more information or to register, please call
(303) 830-1839 or email 
In This Issue
Calendar Updates
Our Community Making a Difference
Parkinson's In the News
Helpful Tips
Community Events

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Our Community: Raising Awareness & Enhancing Lives
On Sunday, August 25 members of our community hosted events to raise awareness of Parkinson's disease and raise significant funds for the Parkinson Association. Both were first-year events.  They were so successful that event coordinators are already making plans for 2014!

In April Jenna, Tim, Brad and Jacob - all runners - were thinking, wouldn't it be great if there was a 5K run/walk in Denver dedicated to honor all those we know who are living courageously with Parkinson's? And with that thought they developed the Colorado Courage 5K.  On Sunday, August 25 over 200 runners met in Cheesman Park to show their support for those individuals who are living courageously with PD. Jenna, Tim, Brad and Jacob had a set a goals of 100 participants and raising $10,000 to benefit the Parkinson Association's programs and services - both of these goals were exceeded. So far the event has raised almost $12,000! There's still time for you to show your support of courageous living - click here to donate to the Colorado Courage 5K

Early this summer John was thinking of a way he could get his community together to raise awareness and funds to support individuals with Parkinson's. John created his very own "Redneck Ride for Parkinson's". He got the whole community involved- he coordinated venues along his ride from Rocky Mountain Nation Park to Loveland to provide lunch and snacks for the riders and has asked everyone he knows to make a donation to his Ride for Parkinson's campaign. While John is still working on reaching his goal of $5,000 he said it was a great event and is looking forward to it being bigger and better next year. To learn more about John and help him reach his goal click here.  
Both of these events were outstanding and a true testament that each of us can use our passion & hobbies to make a difference. If you would like to host an event to benefit the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, please contact Kari Buchanan, Director of Development:  (303) 830-1839 |  
Parkinson's in the News

Important Announcements & Reminders

Support Group Updates 

NEW Care Partner Support Group  in Boulder

2nd Thursdays beginning September 12

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


Change of time:  The Lafayette support groups at Exempla Good Samaritan Medical Center will now meet the LAST THURSDAY each month from 3:30 - 5:00 pm.   Each month will be for all Parkinson's disease and DBS individuals and their families.


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


Exercise Class Changes

NEW TIME:  B.E.A.T. High Intensity Exercise Class with Erica DeMarch now meeting Tuesday & Thursday 4:00 to 5:00 pm.

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 

While we prefer not to discuss constipation, many people with Parkinson's find this to be a serious and on-going concern. Be sure to discuss your concerns with your doctor. The following causes of constipation offer clues in managing this condition.

  • Inactivity or low activity.  Increased activity and exercise will help reduce constipation.  Consider daily walks.  Reduce your time sitting.
  • Diets low in fiber.  Increase your fiber intake with fiber-rich foods such as bran, whole-grain breads and cereals, oatmeal etc.
  • Not drinking enough fluids.  Drink lots of fluids.  Water is the best of all fluids.
  • Constipation may be a side affect of medications.  Consult your doctor to see if there is a different medication you can take that is less likely to cause constipation.  If not, ask your doctor about stool softeners.

Community Events & Classes (click on date for more information)

September 10: NEW Dance for PD Class in Boulder

Tuesdays at 1:00pm starting September 10

443 Juniper Avenue, Boulder


September 18: Refuse to Surrender

A seminar focusing on a treatment for Parkinson's disease and essential tremor
Scottsbluff, NE - Hampden Inn Conference Center, 301 W. Hwy 26