New Interdisciplinary Clinic Opening in Boulder + More Good News

We have a lot to celebrate this month!

Our interdisciplinary Boulder team completed the Parkinson’s Foundation Team Training. This course was designed by the Parkinson’s Foundation to increase knowledge of Parkinson’s disease. The course is also designed to encourage collaborative care. This was an intensive course that ran throughout the Spring. We look forward to enrolling more of our interdisciplinary team in the future.

Our Boulder team will begin hosting an Annual Parkinson’s Disease Interdisciplinary Clinic. This clinic is designed specifically for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. During this annual visit, patients receive a standardized set of evaluations by their movement disorders specialist, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy. The goal is for people with Parkinson’s disease to go through this clinic yearly. This will assist in tracking the progression of Parkinson’s disease more accurately and integrate the perspectives of the interdisciplinary team when offering our recommendations for activity-based and pharmacological treatments. Our hope is that this input will help patients maintain their optimal function and quality of life. This clinic is also offered at our Anschutz Medical Campus.

Congratulations to Michelle Fullard, MD and Isabelle Buard, PhD for receiving the University of Colorado Department of Neurology’s Intradepartmental Grant. This award has been offered since early 2016 to assistant and associate professors. This grant is designed to give the junior faculty a jumpstart on new research years and allows for protected time to prepare a grant application, write a peer-reviewed journal article, develop collaborations and/or perform any other research task that may otherwise be challenging because of time.

Dr. Buard’s research is “Investigating cortical sleep patterns disruption after traumatic brain injury under the mentorship of Dr. Benzi Kluger and Dr. Jeff Hebert. Dr. Fullard will conduct Examining gender differences in therapy preferences and risk tolerance in Parkinson disease” under the mentorship of Dr. Maureen Leehey. Dr. Fullard recently completed an interview with Davis Phinney Foundation about “Removing Barriers to Deep Brain Stimulation for Women with Parkinson’s.” You can watch the full interview on YouTube on Davis Phinney Foundation’s channel.

Aware in Care Ambassador Open House

Webinar participants will hear from current volunteers and learn what it’s like to be an Aware in Care Ambassador. Please use the registration link with anyone who may be interested in getting more involved with the Parkinson’s Foundation. Ambassador applications will open on June 1, 2021.

Sleep and Fatigue in Parkinson’s

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Sleep issues and fatigue are common among people with Parkinson’s disease. Sleep issues can include insomnia, daytime sleepiness, restless legs, and REM sleep behaviour disorder. Fatigue is a separate but related issue that often overlaps with daytime sleepiness. Join the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Dr. Alexander Baumgartner, University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center, to discuss the issue of sleep and fatigue and some possible remedies.

Dr. Baumgartner, was born and raised in Lakewood, CO. He obtained his medical degree in Providence, RI and completed his residency training in Boston, serving as chief resident in his final year. He is excited to begin a 2-year fellowship in Movement Disorders in July 2020, and also to be returning home to Colorado.

Visit the registration website to reserve your spot today.

Medications Overview for Parkinson Disease

Join the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Dr. Michael Korsmo, University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center, will introduce available treatment options for patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease.

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Topics will include pharmacological, procedural, and surgical options. Attendees will leave with a general understanding of the wide and diverse treatment options for advanced Parkinson’s, as well as gain insight into potential future therapies.

Please visit the registration website to reserve your spot today.

While in residency, Dr. Korsmo created and launched the school’s first Global Health Neurology rotation with the first site in Malawi. He also served as Chief Resident of Education where he restructured the introductory “Boot Camp” and Morning Report sessions. Beyond Movement Disorders, his interests include education, clinical reasoning, and global/rural health.

Alternative Therapies for Parkinson Disease

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Join the Parkinson Association of the Rockies and Dr. Alexander Baumgartner, University of Colorado Movement Disorders Center, to discuss the wide variety of alternative therapies available to people with Parkinson’s.

Please visit the registration website to reserve your spot today.

Dr. Baumgartner was born and raised in Lakewood, CO. He obtained his medical degree in Providence, RI and completed his residency training in Boston, serving as chief resident in his final year. He is excited to begin a 2-year fellowship in Movement Disorders in July 2020, and also to be returning home to Colorado.

7th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium

Given by a team of experts to update the community on Parkinson disease, advanced treatments, and new information. Find out more here.

About this Event

7th Annual Parkinson Disease Symposium

November 4, 2020, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM

What: An educational conference about Parkinson disease covering topics such as medications, nutrition, exercise, research, advanced treatments, and many more.

Where: Virtually, please register here.

Who: Patients, families, and caregivers affected by Parkinson disease

Cost & Registration: This event is FREE and open to the public, but registration is required.

For more information, additional questions, or to request hard copies of our Save the Date, please contact Nicole Leith at 303-724-8984.

2nd Annual Patient Commemoration Event

This is a non-denominational service where we honor our patients who have recently passed and their families.  The focus is on remembrance and healing.  Last year’s event was our first time doing it and it was an incredible experience.  This year’s event will be held virtually; while not ideal, we felt it was important enough for our patients’ families that we decided to move forward.  To protect our patients’ privacy, we are asking interested parties to email us at Neuro-Palliative@ucdenver.edu or call our administrative partner Candace Ellman at 303-724-2194 and she will send them the zoom link to connect.

Parkinson’s Foundation Care Partner Summit

The Parkinson Foundation (PF) summit will take place virtually on Saturday, May 16th from 12:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET (10:00 am – 1:30 pm). This year’s Summit will focus on the unique journey of a care partner, with our theme: Planning for the Unpredictable Path of Parkinson’s Caregiving.

A timely topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, our speakers and care partners are ready to share their insight and encouragement to those caring for someone living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). We recognize the hard work that goes into caregiving and we want to create this space for them to share their life lessons, learn from each other and grow in their self-care skills.

The summit will be online only, and individuals may register for English or Spanish. The Care Partner Summit will be focused on the following topics:

  • Cognitive Changes
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Practical Planning

Upcoming Events for Parkinson Disease

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The faculty and staff of the Movement Disorders Center has moved online for many things. Many of our upcoming events for Parkinson disease community have also been moved online. We miss meeting in person but have been able to continue our collaborations and work.

One of the great things we have found through these tough times is the ability to connect with other groups and organizations. We have been working virtually with groups throughout Colorado and throughout the country. Our community has access to more information and more resources.

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson Disease and Essential Tremor

Dr. Drew Kern is hosting a webinar about Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Essential Tremor and Parkinson disease. The webinar will be Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM MT.

Dr. Kern will talk about the DBS process, different products available, and the benefits and risks of surgery.

The webinar is free, but please register here before. After registering, you will get a confirmation email with instructions to join the webinar.

Upcoming Events for Parkinson Disease | Parkinson’s Foundation (PF)

Care Partner Summit

The Parkinson Foundation summit will take place virtually on Saturday, May 16th from 12:00 pm- 3:30 pm ET (10:00 am – 1:30 pm). This year’s Summit will focus on the unique journey of a care partner, with our theme: Planning for the Unpredictable Path of Parkinson’s Caregiving.

A timely topic during the COVID-19 pandemic, the speakers and care partners are ready to share their insight and encouragement to those caring for someone living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). We recognize the hard work that goes into caregiving and we want to create this space for them to share their life lessons, learn from each other and grow in their self-care skills.

The summit will be online only, and individuals may register for English or Spanish. The Care Partner Summit will be focused on the following topics:

  • Cognitive Changes
  • Mental Health
  • Self-Care
  • Practical Planning

PD Health @ Home

During this challenging and often isolating time of social distancing, now more than ever PF recognizes the importance for people within the Parkinson’s community to stay active, connect with each other, and receive support no matter their physical location.

Visit Parkinson.org/PDHealth for a full list of events. Participants can register for virtual community engagement events of interest and put them on their calendars.  You can join PF for these upcoming events:

Mindfulness Mondays
Start your week with calmness, as you take part in guided relaxation techniques to help boost brain power and reduce stress. Sign up now. View past events.

Expert Briefings Tuesdays
Taking place in home offices across the nation, the PF will host webinars about the PD topics that matter most to you. Sign up now. View past events.

Wellness Wednesdays
Join us at noon for a Facebook Live event or a PD-related educational video that will highlight PD awareness, research, or treatments. Follow us on Facebook now. View past events.

Take Time Thursdays
Choose from several virtual events taking place across local chapters. Engage with a PD expert on the topics that matter most to you ― from exercise, nutrition, stress management, and more. Sign up now. View past events.

Fitness Fridays
This PD-tailored 10-part fitness series will feature a new focus every week, from balance to coordination, posture, and more. Watch each 12-minute session from home as many times as you wish. Watch now!

Consult with your healthcare team before beginning any new physical activity, including online exercise classes and programs. The Parkinson’s Foundation is in no way liable or responsible for injuries sustained from online classes.

PD Health @ Home will be held from April 6 to June 11. Find all PD Health @ Home programs here. Register for the events that interest you and put them on your calendar. New to virtual events? Read our guide here.

Resources That are Always Available
The Parkinson’s Foundation is dedicated to empowering the PD community through education. Below are additional resources always available to you:

  • PD Conversations
  • Parkinson’s Today Blog
  • Bilingual Helpline 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636) Weekdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET.
  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Substantial Matters Podcast
  • Expert Briefing Webinars

Stay healthy and well!