New Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Technology Now Available

Medtronic announces introduction of Percept PC Neurostimulator with Brainsense Technology On June 26, 2020 Medtronic announced the introduction of an upgraded deep brain stimulation (DBS) system known as PerceptTM PC Neurostimulator with BrainsenseTM Technology. The technology in the new system is the first to not only deliver electrical stimulation to the brain, with the goal […]

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Let’s talk about Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Parkinson’s disease

Many people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) find that their speech and communication skills are impacted as their disease progresses.  Low voice volume, imprecise speech, lack of inflection, rapid speech and other issues can become problems for some people living with PD. There are steps you can take early on that will help strengthen and preserve […]

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Walking Separately, but Together

Walking Separately, but Together The 2020 Optimism Walk season kicked-off with four virtual Optimism Walks which all took place simultaneously on May 31, 2020. After an online celebration and opening ceremony, participants in all four events walked separately, but together in solidarity for the PD community. Due to social distancing, participants were encouraged to walk […]

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Staying Connected While Social Distancing

Staying Connected While Social Distancing   Challenges often force us to adapt and learn new ways of doing things. No one knows that better than people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD). Facing new challenges As COVID-19 became a reality and communities implemented social distancing guidelines, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) faced some significant challenges. […]

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Sing for PD

Sing for PD The APDA National Headquarters was filled with song as people with PD sang their hearts out during our first-ever Sing for PD class in March. A program of the Mark Morris Dance Group, Sing for PD focuses on breathing and vocal technique, rhythm, melody, song interpretation, and creativity. Instructor Joseph Peterson took […]

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American Parkinson Disease Association RESPONDS TO COVID-19 WITH SUPPORT FROM ADIRA FOUNDATION

American Parkinson Disease Association RESPONDS TO COVID-19 WITH SUPPORT FROM ADIRA FOUNDATION  APDA Receives Adira’s Fast-Trask Response Grant to Assist People With Parkinson’s Disease During Pandemic NEW YORK, NY – June 9, 2020 —  The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) has been supporting people living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) for more than 60 years. However, […]

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A statement from APDA in this time of unrest

All of us at the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) support equality for all and reject racism.  Our programs are open to everyone and we foster a safe and welcoming place for all to join us, whether virtually or in person.  Disparities and injustice exist on many levels, including within the healthcare system. At APDA, […]

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