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Thanks and Thriving Video Competition

Date: 09.25.2017

We are approaching the time of year when we hear that our community is struggling; especially those who have been recently diagnosed. They are feeling depressed, overwhelmed, stressed and alone. We know that the holidays and the looming winter weather play a role in this onset of melancholy; but this year we want to be proactive and help our community to thrive. To do this we need your support and participation.

We are creating a video contest challenge called Thanks & Thriving. We want you to create a short video about how you’re thriving. While we as an organization can do our best to help provide support and resources; we know that your voice is really what our community needs to hear.

We’re asking that you share your advice, suggestions, hope and inspiration. Consider: What would you have been thankful to hear or made aware of? What tip or trick have you been thankful to have?

Essentially, we’re asking you to share what you do to thrive.

Here’s how the Thanks & Thriving video campaign works:

  1. You’ll create a 30-90 sec video
    1. This can be done on any digital camera, smart phone or tablet
  2. You’ll submit your video by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, November 13th
  3. The Association will post submitted videos online by Wednesday, November 22nd
  4. You’ll vote, over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, for the most inspirational video by:    
    1. A person living with Parkinson’s
    2. A group supporting one another with their Parkinson’s (ie: support groups, exercise classes, etc.)
    3. A person caring for someone living with Parkinson’s (ie: spouse, child, friend, etc.)

           (Voting will be open from Thursday, November 23rd – Tuesday, November 28th)

   5. Winners for each category will be announce by Friday, December 1st

           (There will be a prize given to each winner)

After we’ve concluded the Thanks & Thriving video challenge we’ll continue to share these videos with those in our community who need some inspiration and to know they are not alone.

To give you an idea of what we’re thinking… here’s a sneak peek.

Margie Dahlin Sneak Peek

That’s just one perspective; and your perspective, your voice, is really important to share so we hope you’ll join us so our community can give thanks for your advice on how to thrive!

We’ll send you more info through our e-news and if you have any questions please contact the Parkinson Association (303) 830-1839 and ask to speak with Erica. 

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2017 e3 Presenter Presentations

Date: 09.25.2017

Our 5th Annual e3 educate, empower, energize conference on Saturday, September 16 at the Hyatt Regency Aurora - Denver Conference Center was full of laughter, creativity and community!

  • educate themselves about cognitive issues, as well as new research on marijuana for Parkinson’s
  • energize and express themselves through dance with Dance for PD founder, David Leventhal
  • empower themselves through the use of self-efficacy and humor to overcome fear

We captivated the crowd with Linda Olson, MD, a triple amputee who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Linda had people laughing, crying and left everyone with the upbeat reminder that, “It is useless to talk about what we can’t do, but what we can do!”.

Following Linda, we had a jam-packed day where we challenged participants to: 

  • educate themselves about cognitive issues, as well as new research on marijuana for Parkinson’s
  • energize and express themselves through dance with Dance for PD founder, David Leventhal
  • empower themselves through the use of self-efficacy and humor to overcome fear

We can't thank our committee, our day-of volunteers and our community for helping make this one of our most successful events to date! Thank you! 

Click on the presentation titles to download a copy of the presentations from the day. 

Think Like a Dance, David Leventhal, Dance for PD

Stand Up to Gravity & Say, "NO" to Falls, Meredith Roberts, Roberts Empowered Movements Center 

May the Self-Efficacy Force Be With You, Diane Cook, Hal Pottle, Betsy Mathies

Research on Cannabis & Parkinson's, Benzi Kluger, MD, University of Colorado Hospital 

Cognition in Parkinson's Diseases, Aaron Haug, MD, BlueSky Neurology

 

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