Vail Daily letter: Living with Parkinson’s |

Vail Daily letter: Living with Parkinson’s

According to information received from the Parkinson’s Association of the Rockies, there are over 40 patients residing in the Eagle River Valley who suffer from this disease.

Roughly two years ago, a support group was formed in Eagle County to provide information and encouragement to those who are living with Parkinson’s disease. The mission of this group is to provide an upbeat environment in which to discuss and share information with other patients and caregivers. We are dedicated to the memory of Sidney Dorros, author, educator and advocate, whose courageous message of “accommodation without surrender” is what Parkinson’s disease support groups are all about.

Our group is slowly growing but has seen great improvement in the mental and emotional understanding of Parkinson’s disease in those who attend the meetings. The support group meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 5 p.m. at Trinity Church, 90 Lariat Loop in Edwards. There is no charge and all patients and caregivers are welcome to come check us out. Each meeting typically features a guest speaker, which gives an important educational component to the time spent.

In addition to social engagement, exercise has proven to be one of the major players in slowing the advance of Parkinson’s. To address this and create more opportunity for physical activity, the group has started a regular exercise program tailored to the physical problems that Parkinson’s disease patients experience. This program is based on routines developed by Becky Farley, Ph.D., a nationally recognized expert in the importance of exercise in Parkinson’s disease patients. Locally, we have seen remarkable advancements in many who attend. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at Trinity Church, free of charge. Again, please feel free to check us out.

If you suffer from Parkinson’s disease, or know someone who does, please attend one of our Eagle Valley Support Group meetings. We’d love to see you.

John Bade

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