The St. Louis American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center is located in Chesterfield, MO and funds the APDA Center for Advanced Parkinson Disease Research at Washington University School of Medicine. The Greater St. Louis Chapter is one of the largest among the American Parkinson Disease Association chapters in the United States.Did you know that we have video from most of our major programs (including PEP meetings, special support group speakers and Tremble Clefs performances) archived on our YouTube channel? You can visit our YouTube channel by clicking this link or by clicking on the icon on the right side of the page.
Tremble Clefs is a free program for people with Parkinson’s, their family members and care partners led by a music therapist. The goal of this group is to be a participant-led, musical experience. Through vocal exercises, singing as a group, and playing instruments, members will come together and bond over a shared joy of making music. The APDA-Greater St. Louis Chapter currently hosts a Tremble Clefs class at Salem United Methodist Church in Ladue on Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm and a Tremble Clefs- West County class on Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 PM at Maryville University in Walker Hall. Pre-registration is required at this time, so please call 636-778-3377 if you are interested in joining Tremble Clefs!
Visit our YouTube channel to watch recordings of previous Tremble Clefs concerts.We will be offering another Loud Crowd group in Spring 2017! Click the flyer on the left for more information, including directions on how to sign up and specific dates. The APDA has launched a nationwide spotlight webinar series highlighting different areas of Parkinson disease research, advances and programming. Visit our webinar page to learn more about this new program, for upcoming dates and to view archived presentations! We will also be listing a limited number of other pertinent webinars on this page, so check back often!Parkinson Community Resource Center
Drop by and visit this unique destination for those impacted by this disease. Group participation programs including exercise class, Tai Chi, Wellness Course, PD101, Care Partner & Young Onset support groups, LOUD CROWD, and others will take place at this Center. Our resource library is bursting at the seams with new materials for your perusal on a wide variety of topics, including recent publications, DVDs, CDs, books, and community resources. Small adaptive equipment is available on site. 1415 Elbridge Payne Rd. Ste. 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017, Hours Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
The primary function of our Center is to serve as a central location where people with PD, caregivers, medical professionals, students and other interested individuals can call or write to receive the latest information.
What is Parkinson Disease?
Parkinson disease (PD) is a chronic neurological disorder due to the lack of the chemical dopamine in the brain. Dopamine controls movement, posture, and walking. Common symptoms of the disease are tremors, rigidity and bradykinesia (slow movement). Other manifestations of PD may include stooped posture, speech and swallowing problems, a mask-like facial expression, shuffling gait, arms kept fixed to the side of the body when walking, difficulty with fine hand movements and micrographia (small handwriting). Parkinson’s symptoms may appear on one or both sides of the body. Signs of the disease have a slow, gradual onset. The cause of PD is still unknown.