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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.

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 will take place on April 23, 2017 at 1:30 pm at the JCC Performing Arts Center. The PEP meeting will feature Dr. Heather Zwickey, who will be speaking on the topic of nutrition and Parkinson’s. More details are available on the flyer. Special thanks to the JCA Charitable Foundation, whose grant funding made this program possible.  
19th Annual APDA Golf Classic in Memory of Jack BuckThe 19th Annual APDA Golf Classic in Memory of Jack Buck will take place on May 15, 2017 and feature John Mozeliak, GM of the St. Louis Cardinals, as Honorary Chair, as well as Tom Ackerman, Sports Director at KMOX, as Master of Ceremonies. To hear Tom Ackerman’s recent interview about the golf tournament with John Mozeliak, click here. Visit for sponsorship opportunities or to register.
 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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