The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc.
Ease the Burden - Find the Cure
As the country’s largest grassroots Parkinson’s disease organization, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) improves the lives people with Parkinson’s disease and their families from coast to coast with patient/caregiver support; education and positive lifestyle programs; awareness, social and fundraising events; and scientific research funding at all levels. Through a national network of Chapters, Information & Referral Centers, more than 1,000 support groups, and eight Centers for Advanced Research, APDA delivers help for today and hope for tomorrow.
This month, APDA launched a new PSA, “Live with Optimism,”
nationwide. This exciting new initiative was developed
to raise awareness and critical funds that will continue to
Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for the 1 million
people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease.
We hope you will take a moment to watch this important PSA
and share it with all your friends and family.
Your story can mean the world to others!
Regardless of your connection to Parkinson’s disease,
it could well be your personal journey that touches
another person and ignites a sense of Optimism.
Often we are most inspired when we see
something of ourselves in another person’s story.Please take a moment to
share with the Parkinson’s community
what makes you Optimistic
and give the gift of hope to others that a life
filled with dignity and Optimism is possible.
Are you interested in becoming more involved?
Whether you are living with PD, know someone
who is, or just want to support a good cause...
Get involved and live with optimism.
Parkinson's Disease and DepressionDepression is more common in PD patients than in the general community. Although there had been a running argument for decades as to whether this was “part of the disease,” that is, due to the loss of brain cells in particular parts of the brain, or whether this was a “reactive” process, “wouldn’t you be depressed if you were diagnosed with a progressive, incurable, possibly disabling disorder,” I think most PD experts would say that both answers are correct.
10/11/14 - Atlanta, GA - APDA 2014 Casino Night
10/13/14 - St. Louis, MO - 19th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon and Action
10/15 & 10/22/14 - Boston, MA - Good Start Program in Parkinson's Disease
10/18/14 - Westport, CT - 2014 Optimism Walk
10/18/14 - Des Moines, IA - PD Walks at IMT
10/26/14 - Staten Island, NY - Optimism People & Paws Walk
10/26/14 - Piscataway, NJ - 2014 Optimism Walk
10/26/14 - St. Louis, MO - A Family Conference for Care Partners & Adult Children of Parents with PD
11/02 - 11/03/14 - Mansfield, MA - APDA New England Regional PD Conference
11/02/14 - St. Louis - PEP Meeting - Annual Research Update
11/8/14 - Loveland, OH - PD Edu Series
11/16/14 - Staten Island, NY - Optimism Bowls
11/20 & 11/21/14 - Tucson, AZ - El Tour de Tucson Expo and Bike Ride
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) has partnered with Luxe Studio to design and create the exclusive, handcrafted APDA “Optimism Jewelry Collection”. This exclusive jewelry line is the perfect gift that keeps giving, with Luxe Studio generously donating 30% of all proceeds to the APDA to help Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for more than 1 million people in the United States living with Parkinson’s disease.
You can order online or call 918-928-6458
APDA congratulates Scientific
Advisory Board member
on receiving the Lasker Award
for pioneering research
in Parkinson's disease
Read more here
APDA Statement Related to Depression in Parkinson’s disease
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is saddened by the loss of Robin Williams and extends its deep condolences to his family and friends.
Read more here
First Steps Towards a Vaccine for Parkinson's disease
by Alice Lazzarini, PhD
On July 31st, the Austrian biotech company, AFFiRiS AG announced the results of an early-stage trial of a vaccine intended to treat Parkinson’s disease. This is the first such study in Parkinson’s, although there has been work with similar strategies in Alzheimer disease.
Read more here
Meet APDA’s Research
APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board has selected 11 grant applications (seven research grants and four post-doctoral fellowships) and the Board of Directors approved for funding in 2014/15 APDA is pleased to present a synopsis of this year’s awards to support scientists whose research promises new insights into the disease. Such support has historically enabled recipients to position their work to a level eligible for greater funding. APDA has been a funding partner in most of the major PD scientific breakthroughs.
September 30, 2014 - The American Parkinson Disease
Association Awards $1.1 million in Research Grants
and Continues to Lead the Way to
Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for
August 26, 2014 - Hundreds of volunteers will collectively
walk on Sunday, September 14 at the new
Seattle University Park, 1100 East Cherry
Street, Seattle, WA 98122, to raise awareness
of Parkinson’s disease
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