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.
Parkinson's Disease and Depression
Depression 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.
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Join our email list to receive the latest information onParkinson's disease research and education. Whether you'reliving with Parkinson's or caring for someone who is, APDApublishes a variety of emails to keep you informed on the latestprogress we're making to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for onemillion Americans living with Parkinson’s.
This resource guide, created by the
APDA National Young Onset Center, helps
people of all ages who are living with
Parkinson's disease discover no-cost or
low-cost resources that make life easier.
Share your experience with various resources
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Get involved and live with optimism.
9/6/14 – Naperville, IL – 2014 Optimism Walk
09/07/14 - Omaha, NE - 2014 Optimism Walk
09/13/14 - Warwick, RI - 2014 Rhode Island Race, Walk and Roll for PD
09/13/14 - Hingham, MA - A Night in Monte Carlo Casino Night
9/13/14 – Nashville, TN – Optimism Conference & Walk
09/14/14 - Seattle, WA - 2014 Optimism Walk
09/20/14 - Middleton, WI - Symposium & Annual Meeting
10/11/14 - Atlanta, GA - APDA 2014 Casino Night
10/13/14 - St. Louis, MO - 19th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon and Action
10/15&22/14 - Boston, MA - Good Start Program in Parkinson's Disease
10/18/14 - Westport, CT - 2014 Optimism Walk
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
11/02-03/14 - Mansfield, MA - APDA New England Regional PD Conference
11/02/14 - St. Louis - PEP Meeting - Annual Research Update
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 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.
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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.
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Terry Ellis, PhD, PT, NCS
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.
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
June 10, 2014 - Father's Day 2014 Participate In One of
The Biggest And Best Running Events In The United States.
Support the American Parkinson Disease Association
Connecticut Chapter by taking part in The Branford Road
Race this Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15.
April 24, 2014 - Dr. Allan Perel, Chief of Neurology at
RUMC, and Leslie Chambers, President and CEO of
APDA, to lead lecture on April 28, 2014. Richmond
University Medical Center and the American Parkinson
Disease Association mark Parkinson’s Disease
Awareness Month by educating hospital’s medical
residents about this disease affecting more than
1 million people.
March 31, 2014 – Get Involved During April
Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month -
The American Parkinson Disease Association
Continues its Fight to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure
for Parkinson’s disease.
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