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Welcome to the St. Louis Chapter of APDA

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.

We’re hiring for the position of APDA Office coordinator. Click here to view the job description; interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to
Select APDA-Greater St. Louis Chapter’s exercise classes will now be live streamed! Visit to watch a class live or to watch an archived class. We hope you’ll join us!
Our April Parkinson’s Education Program on nutrition was a huge success! Video from the program is available for free on our YouTube Channel, or available for a small fee on DVD. Please email or call 636-778-3377 for a copy. If you attended, please also be sure to fill out a survey on the meeting so we can plan future events. For more information on our speaker, Heather Zwickey, visit her website at
19th Annual APDA Golf Classic in Memory of Jack Buck

Thank you to all who participated in, sponsored and donated to the American Parkinson Disease Association’s 19th annual Golf Classic in Honor of Jack Buck on May 15, 2017 at Algonquin Golf Club in Glendale, MO. John Mozeliak, GM of the St. Louis Cardinals, served as honorary chairman, while Tom Ackerman, Sports Director at KMOX, was the master of ceremonies. To view photos from the event, please click on the links on the right side of the page. 

 Our Optimism Walk will be on June 10, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm. This brand new twist on our annual walk will be family friendly and feature multiple walking distances, ranging from 3/4 of a mile to a full 5k. To register or learn more, visit Bill Donius will serve as honorary chair of the Optimism Walk.
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.Read More About Our Services

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. Read More About Us

What is Parkinson Disease?

Hands & HeartParkinson 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.

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