Information & Referral Center

University of Chicago
Parkinson and Movement Disorder Clinic
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tai Xie, M.D., Medical Director

Veterans with PD

In 2017, APDA published Helping Those Who Serve: Parkinson’s Disease Information for Veterans Community. This manual offers general information about Parkinson’s diagnosis, symptoms and treatment, tips for coping with disease progression and support for care partners. It also provides step by step directions on how to access the Veterans’ Affairs (VA) system and receive care from the VA PADRECC (Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers) and consortium centers across the country. The manual is accessible on the page linked below, and in print.


APDA National Rehabilitation Resource Center

More Information

Boston University Center for Neurorehabilitation: Sargent College
635 Commonwealth Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Exercise Helpline: 888-606-1688
Email: rehab@bu.edu

APDA’s National Rehabilitation Resource Center for Parkinson’s disease is located at the Boston University Sargent College Center for Neurorehabilitation. The Center is available to medical professionals and people with Parkinson’s Disease nationwide, serving as a central resource for information about Parkinson’s-related rehabilitation and exercise.

Through the Center’s toll-free helpline (888-606-1688), callers can speak with a licensed physical therapist about PD-appropriate exercise and relevant programs in their area. Engaging in regular physical activity is an important way to maintain mobility in PD.


Recursos En Español for Spanish Speakers

Understanding the critical need to provide support to diverse Parkinson’s populations, APDA increased efforts to provide Spanish educational materials. To date, nine APDA brochures and supplements have been written in Spanish and more continue to be developed. Additionally, APDA offers access to live phone support in Spanish through the 800-223-2732 toll free help line. Finally, an “En Español” section has been added to the APDA website to ensure that the Spanish-speaking community can get the important care and support they need.


First Responders Parkinson’s Awareness Training Program

This 1-2 hour web-based course with instructional videos intended to provide overall education about Parkinson’s disease and information on protocols for the first responder when interacting with a person who shows the signs of Parkinson’s.  The first responder’s training program has been posted on state training websites in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Other states will be adding the program in the coming year; CEUs may be available through these states’ websites. A non-CEU version of the program is available on the APDA website via the link below.

This program meets the educational goals in Section 4b4 of the New Jersey Parkinson’s Disease Public Awareness and Education Act (A-2576.) signed into New Jersey state law in December 2014.


The Parkinson Community’s Online Forum

An APDA collaboration with SMART PATIENTS

Helping people with Parkinson’s and their care partners connect with each other is the reason the we’ve partnered with Smart Patients to create a new online discussion forum for patients and their loved ones dealing with Parkinson’s Disease. Members in this online forum share help, advice and information about treatments, symptoms and side effects.

You can join the online forum for free to share, interact, and learn from each other in a safe, supportive environment.


National Updates

Featured: APDA Healthcare Communication Graph

By using the APDA Healthcare Communication Graph you will be able to consistently track important PD symptoms. This tool will allow you to identify any changes in symptoms and make visits with your healthcare professionals focused and productive.

Use the Healthcare Communication Graph Tool

Note: Clicking this link will take you to a new site where you can use the APDA Healthcare Communication Graph tool.

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