Parkinson’s Pointe is a non-profit health promotion and wellness center in the Denver metro area that supports people affected by Parkinson’s disease through community connection, peer mentorship programs and PD specific exercise and education classes.
How We Help
Our programs help people to navigate the challenges associated with the diagnosis of Parkinson’s and our peer-to-peer mentorship programs help to increase resiliency and sustain healthy habits. We offer exercise classes such as boxing, yoga and spinning which can help maintain or improve mobility to slow disease progression. Beyond that, our community helps ease loneliness, which has been shown to be the #1 cause of disease progression.
Why It Matters
Do you feel alone and isolated in your Parkinson’s diagnosis? Do you have a hard time sticking with your exercise and feeling motivated? Parkinson’s Pointe offers community, education and fitness classes to improve your quality of life.
Short Term Benefits
- Feel better in the moment
- Improve mobility
- Connect with peers and trained experts
- Improve sleep, memory, and mood
- Learn how to exercise safely
- Use the research that shows 150 min of exercise a week improves disease progression
Long Term Benefits
- Slow disease progression
- Sustain healthy habits
- Stay out of the hospital
- Reduce likelihood of falls
- Stick with your exercise program with community support
- Improve your quality of life community support
People who participate in exercise notice their symptoms improve just like if they had taken an extra dose of medication. When people with PD exercise 150 minutes per week, research shows they can slow the progression of their disease. On their own, many people struggle to stay consistent with their exercise routines and stop after 30 days. However, people who engage in peer mentorship and accountability groups are shown to continue to exercise and use healthy habits despite challenges.
At Parkinson’s Pointe, members feel connected, supported and empowered.
The Pathfinders Program provides those who have been recently diagnosed the opportunity to meet with peers who have been living with Parkinson’s and thriving. Through peer support, mentorship and introduction to the Parkinson’s community, we walk with the person as they find their path with Parkinson’s. Research shows that people who engage in peer-to-peer mentorship are more likely to continue to exercise and change their health behavior habits. Research also shows that self-efficacy and resiliency can be developed through goal setting, peer mentorship, coaching, and engagement in daily feedback. It is our goal at Parkinson’s Pointe to provide a sense of connection, community and empowerment to help those newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s to find their way, walking alongside someone who has been down the same path.
Coffee and Connect
Our Coffee and Connect program provides focused time among those living with Parkinson’s to support each other with guided resources, shared experiences, and some humor. The goal of the program is to connect with others in the Parkinson’s community and build relationships that will help support the people impacted by PD over the course of the disease. No one gets it better than another person living with Parkinson’s.
At the end of 2022, we also celebrated with the community during our Recognition Event and Holiday Open House, where we raised over $65,000! This was only possible thanks to our donors, supporters and members. Parkinson’s Pointe continues to thrive and we’re eager to grow in the years ahead!
About the Founder
Meredith Roberts Lo is the founder of Parkinson’s Pointe and owner of Roberts Empowered Movement, a woman-owned physical therapy practice that seeks to inspire and empower each person to live their highest quality of life and take control of their disease using evidence-based techniques and compassion. She founded Parkinson’s Pointe to share her expertise of Parkinson’s Disease and to help others to be resilient by using exercise like medicine and finding support through community. Her goal is to help people create the life they love, despite Parkinson’s Disease.