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Parkinson’s presence in Northwest Colorado

2-year-old Mateo Bartels

An epidemiological study reported in a medical journal devoted to neurology shows that Routt and Moffat counties are at the low end of the scale, in terms of the incidence of Parkinson's disease nationally.

The study reports that the incidence of Parkinson's in Routt County is about 279 per 100,000 population. In Moffat County, it is about 367 per 100,000 people.

The death rate attributable to Parkinson's disease in Colorado places it in the middle range.

The website reports that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the annual Parkinson's death rate per 100,000 population in Colorado is 7.22, ranking Colorado 22nd in the country.

The state with the highest death rate from Parkinson's is Vermont, at 9.63 deaths per 100,000 people, followed closely by Alaska at 9.22.

The state with the lowest death rate is New York at 4.48. Washington, D.C., is the next lowest at 4.65.

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Support group open to all

Everyone with an interest is welcome to attend the meetings of the Steamboat Springs-based support group for people with Parkinson's disease.

Meetings are held the second Monday of every month either in a conference room at Yampa Valley Medical Center or at the Rollingstone Respite House. The meetings are run by Lindarose Berkely. The contact person is Pat Bemis at 970-819-6155 or

Separate meetings for care partners of people with Parkinson's disease are held the third Thursday of every month at Rollingstone Respite House.

The group also hosts social gatherings every other month. The next one is June 20 at the Bemis home, 872 Douglas St. Everyone is welcome, Bemis said.