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How to Show Caregivers We Care: 5 Heartfelt Ways to Make a Difference

By |February 14th, 2024|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|Tags: , , |

How to Show Caregivers We Care: 5 Heartfelt Ways to Make a Difference Caregivers are the unsung heroes in our lives, tirelessly dedicating themselves to the well-being of others. Whether it's a spouse, parent, friend, or healthcare professional, showing appreciation for their hard work and compassion is essential. But how can we truly convey our gratitude in meaningful ways? Here are five heartfelt gestures to demonstrate how much we care: Words of Affirmation: Sometimes, a simple "thank you" or "I appreciate you" can make all the difference. Take the time to express your gratitude verbally or consider writing a heartfelt note. These words

4 Things to Keep in Mind When Talking To Friends and Family about Parkinson’s

By |November 9th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|

There’s no easy way to manage other people’s reactions when it comes to Parkinson’s. After all, following a Parkinson’s diagnosis, you have your own emotions to deal with - not those of others. A few common sentiments from people with Parkinson’s include, but are not limited to: “It can be painful to go out and do things.” “I just want to be alone.” “I feel like my personality and priorities have changed.” Maybe you were an extrovert, always on the go, but now you’re, as one person so astutely stated, “Finding the motivation to socialize hard.” Let’s talk about the four things to

How to Make Online Support Groups Work For You

By |October 15th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|

Staring at a screen for an hour? With Strangers? Not for you, right? Meeting online was rare before the Pandemic but now there are so many more meetings and classes with virtual options. You can even take Virtual Yoga at Parkinson’s Pointe on Fridays from 9 am - 10 am MST. Maybe you logged on your computer or did a FaceTime call to communicate with friends and family for the first time in 2020 or 2021 and meeting online has never been your favorite. Or, you’ve tried many times but don’t feel like it has the same benefit as meeting face-to-face.  Even if

7 Reasons Routines are Beneficial for Persons with Parkinson’s

By |September 15th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|

There’s a big difference between being in a routine and being in a rut.  A few quotes about the power of a routine demonstrate how positive it can be for the person who follows it.    “The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” or “What I do everyday matters more than what I do once in a while.”   Still not convinced about the purpose and power of routine?  There are at least 7 reasons everyone benefits from routine. Beyond this, some advantages are even more prescient for persons with Parkinson’s.  If you keep a routine, you can decrease

Warm Weather Workouts for People with Parkinson’s

By |August 4th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|

Let’s face it. We’re in the dog days of summer and motivating yourself to be active outside is not just a matter or will, it’s a matter of safety. Anyone with a chronic illness can relate - warm weather causes our heart rate to quicken but our bodies want to slow down.  So, what are you supposed to do? Keep on doing only indoor classes and workouts? When everyone else is outside? Not a chance. With the proper planning, you too can enjoy the “dog days” of summer and stimulate your senses with warm weather outdoor workouts perfect for people with Parkinson’s.  Top

Caregiver Burnout: What it Looks Like and How to Cope

By |May 4th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners|

Intermittent stress for short periods of time is tolerable. However, constant stress for long periods of time will lead to burnout. As Parkinson’s symptoms progress, it becomes harder to independently handle daily tasks, shifting more mental and physical responsibility to your spouse, family members and care partners.  This blog highlights risk factors and common signs of caregiver burnout and explores potential steps carepartners can take to build in breaks. Failing to heed signs of burnout could potentially lead to hospitalization for the carepartner without Parkinson’s and poor health effects.  Know the Risk Factors for Caregiver Burnout  Isolation - As loved ones become more

Five Reasons Routines are Rough and How Coffee Can Help

By |February 26th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|Tags: |

Why is it so hard to stick to a routine? Perhaps it’s in the definition. After all, a routine is a "customary course of action; more or less mechanical performance of certain acts or duties. The last time we checked, you aren’t a robot so doing something in a mechanical way feels unnatural. We’re used to finding the path of least resistance and when something feels difficult, it is so hard to forge ahead.  There is a lengthy list of reasons that it is so hard to get into a routine of healthy behaviors. The first is that we underestimate how long it

Can I Take a Spin Class With Parkinson’s?

By |January 29th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners, Persons with Parkinson's|

Join us Tuesdays and Thursday at 9:30am RSVP Now Fears about trying spin class are the same - with or without Parkinson’s. What if I fall off the bike? What if I can’t keep up? What if I don’t know how to operate and adjust the bike? I am definitely not the spandex wearing type so won’t I stick out like a sore thumb?  In short, you won’t, who cares, instructors are there to help and neither are most people - just wear something you can move in.  Our spin instructors are keeping a keen eye on spinners to ensure they

When Your Loved One with Parkinson’s Doesn’t Want to Exercise

By |January 24th, 2023|Categories: Care Partners|

In this blog post, we’ll cover the most common reasons your significant other is avoiding exercise and three potential solutions to this problem. If you’re reading this, it means you care deeply about your loved one and understand that movement is one of the most important tools people with Parkinson’s have in their arsenal.  Incorporating physical activity can slow the disease’s progression, control its symptoms, build brain health AND decrease anxiety.  Despite these benefits, people with Parkinson’s may be reluctant to work out.    Why They Don’t Want To Exercise They Lack the Motivation to Start  The first way to address a lack

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Upcoming Events this Summer

Movie Night for Rooted 303

When:  Friday, July 26th 7pm to 11pm

Where: Indoors at East Community Center

Join us for movie night, food will be available.

Connect with High Schoolers

When:  Wednesday, July 31st 10:30am to 11:30am

Where: East Community Center

Join us for a special coffee and connect.    RSVP now

Description: Come and connect with local high school students in a leadership course.  Many of these students have extraordinary stories.  We want you to leave feeling connected to these youth, inspired and empowered by each other through exercising and spending quality time together.  The students will join us for fitboxing, coffee and connect and yoga.  Their teacher, Shawn Stein, will be participating and assisting facilitating our time together.  This special coffee and connect will have time for sharing stories, connecting and team building.  Join us for the full day or just coffee and connect.  We would prefer if you can participate in one exercise class with the coffee and connect to help further connect with students.

Trivia Potluck Luncheon

When:  Tuesday, August 13th 12pm

Where: East Community Center, Spin Room

Begins at 12 pm in the spin room, bring a dish to share

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