Greeley-Weld Support Group
Supporting, strengthening and empowering the Colorado Parkinson Community
WHAT IS PARKINSON’S DISEASE?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive and degenerative brain disorder that affects an individual’s muscle movement. Due to the dying of specific brain cells, people with Parkinson’s disease produce less dopamine. Dopamine is a vital chemical that transmits messages to the part of the brain responsible for movement. With insufficient dopamine movements become slower, and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease become more pronounced.
Parkinson’s Disease Statistics
- Parkinson’s disease generally affects individuals over age 60.
- 1,000,000 Americans are living with Parkinson’s disease.
- 17,000 Coloradoans have Parkinson’s disease.
- 4% of all individuals diagnosed with Parkinson’s are under age 50.
- Men are more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women.
- $25 Billion – The annual cost of Parkinson’s disease to the United States
To learn more about the disease and available treatments, visit the Parkinson Association of the Rockies’ website:
LIVING WELL WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE
Living well with Parkinson’s disease means taking charge and defining how you will live with Parkinson’s disease rather than letting Parkinson’s define you. There are many different aspects to living well with Parkinson’s. Explore the opportunities and select those that are right for you, fit your life style and enhance your well-being.
Get started by joining the Parkinson Association Greeley-Weld Support Group
When first diagnosed, it is common to feel scared and alone. When you are ready to find support from people who understand what you are going through, joining a support group can be a rewarding experience.
Take advantage of joining a support group. People with Parkinson’s come together to seek information, increase their knowledge about the latest treatment, and share their expertise. Meetings provide the opportunity to visit with others who have the disease and are managing living with it. Support groups can provide practical and useful solutions to common problems related to Parkinson’s and can be extremely beneficial because they enable people to cope, learn, and help others while being helped.
Become empowered and educated to deal with the ever changing information about Parkinson’s Disease. There are wonderful organizations, books and resources available to help you navigate your journey with Parkinson’s.
Become your own advocate to lead a healthier lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition are important for everyone; but especially those living with Parkinson’s as exercise has been proven to slow the progression of Parkinson’s.
Support Group meetings are at 10:00am on the 4th Thursday of the month and meet in the 2nd floor boardroom of the Hope Therapy Center. (Due to holidays, November and December meetings are on the 3rd Thursday). For more information contact the Parkinson Association Greeley-Weld Parkinson Support Group. (970) 762-4010.
Support Group Meeting
10:00am, 4th Thursday of Every Month
Hope Pool & Physical Therapy Center
2nd Floor Boardroom
2780 28th Avenue,
For More Information Contact:
Greeley-Weld Support Group
Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies
Office: (303) 830-1839
Toll free: (866) 718-2996
Info and referral helpline: (303) 861-1810
Davis Phinney Foundation For Parkinson’s
Toll free: (866) 358-0285
Local: (303) 733-3340
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
“Every Victory Counts: Essentials Information and Inspiration for a Lifetime of Wellness with Parkinson’s Disease” (3rd Edition)
“Understanding Parkinson’s Disease:
A Self-Help Guide” (2nd Edition)
10 Secrets to a Happier Life”
“Road to Recovery from Parkinson’s Disease”
The Ascent at Life Care provides Parkinson’s Disease therapy programs; including the LSVT BIG and LOUD® exercise program. For more information, contact the Life Care Center of Greeley at (970) 330-6400.
Exercising from home?
A great video download is available.
“Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials: Getting Started, Staying Motivated, Seeing Results.” www.davisphinneyfoundation.org/dvd