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The Iowa Chapter’s annual educational events and fundraisers allow us to provide support and services for the Iowa Parkinson’s community and spread public awareness about the disease. Volunteering, sponsoring and participating in these events gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people with Parkinson’s, their families and their caregivers.

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is closely monitoring Coronavirus Disease 2019 (also known as COVID-19) situation for the safety of our event attendees, volunteers and staff. As the disease can pose an increased threat for people with underlying health issues and/or advanced age, which includes many people living with Parkinson’s disease, we are ever mindful of your health and well-being. As such, we have been evaluating our upcoming events, support groups and exercise classes in conjunction with the recommendations and guidelines put forth by local health officials. In an abundance of caution, we will be suspending the Iowa Chapter support groups, exercise classes and all events beginning Monday, March 16 through Wednesday, May 15th.   We will extend that deadline if necessary. Our Annual June Parkinson’s Disease Conference has been postponed to November 13th. See notice below.  We will resume classes/groups as soon as we possibly can and apologize for any inconvenience.   We encourage our constituents to contact their group/class leader if they have questions about a specific class or events .



2020 Annual Parkinson’s Disease Conference: Fight Back! POSTPONED 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we made the difficult decision to postpone our Annual Parkinson’s Disease Conference to Friday, November 13th.

Location: Lutheran Church of Hope, West Des Moines

 Keep our original June 12th date on your calendar! We will still hold a mini conference online via zoom on Friday, June 12th 2020, our original conference date.

Virtual Parkinson’s Disease Mini Conference

Friday, June 12th 10:30am-2:30pm

Click Here to Register for our Virtual Mini Conference!






Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Iowa Optimism Walk! With your help we raised $69,000 to support programs in Iowa!  Thank you to all of our walkers and teams!

Save the Date for our 3rd Annual Optimism Walk

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Host Location: Ignit Sports, Grimes, Iowa

Register today by clicking here 


Here is a recap from our 2019 Walk.






If you are interested in being a sponsor for our 2020 Optimism Walk, please contact Natasha Winterbottom at, nwinterbottom@apdaparkinson.org

Recap from our C4 Workout to Beat Parkinson’s Disease

This event is to focus on fighting back and bringing awareness to Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease and hosted by our Vice President of our Board of Directors, Craig Haas, who was diagnosed with YOPD in 2015.  This year we raised $2,000 at this event with funds benefiting support services for those with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease in Iowa.  If you have Young Onset PD, and would like assistance, please contact us: apdaiowa@apdaparkinson.org