About APDA Northwest
Providing resources to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington states, APDA Northwest aims to fulfill our mission by educating and empowering those in our community challenged with Parkinson’s by promoting hope and optimism through innovative services and programs, and funding vital local and national research. This dual mission of helping people live better today while we also fight for a better life tomorrow, is unique.
What Do We Do
- Information & Referrals: We provide information, referrals, resources, and a listening ear. We also help people find a support group, wellness programs, or a healthcare provider.
- Education: We offer over 30 publications and produce a quarterly newsletter, the Parkinson Pathfinder. All are available via download or mailed by request.
- Research: We raise funds for research into the cause and cure of Parkinson’s disease. APDA has directed more than $49 million to scientific research and has been a funding partner in almost every major Parkinson’s scientific breakthrough over the past 55 years. APDA Northwest has been the primary funding source for the Washington State Parkinson’s Disease Registry, with the goal of making research happen faster by connecting people with Parkinson’s to the research community.
- Support Groups: Professional facilitators and a network of volunteers who are trained by APDA lead the support groups.
- Health and Wellness Classes: We provide classes specifically for people with Parkinson’s, including dance, boxing, singing, and yoga.
- Education Programs: We offer a variety of specialized program from large education events like our Live Well series, to smaller programs like Good Start for those newly diagnosed. We also have a monthly series called Take Control at which experts in the field present on a variety of topics such as exercise, cognition, nutrition, and more.
- Financial Support Program: We provide financial assistance to people with Parkinson’s who are struggling to make ends meet.