The St. Louis American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center is located in Chesterfield, MO and has additional offices in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. It is one of the largest among the American Parkinson Disease Association Centers in the United States.
April is PD Awareness Month
-See below for ways to spread the knowledge-
What is APDA All About?
Take a look at our newest video to get a better idea of the impact of the APDA- Greater St. Louis Chapter.
April Awareness Events:
Visit 30 Days, 30 Ways to Make a Difference for ideas on how to spread awareness of Parkinson disease
Do you want to start a Parkinson’s support group, but are wondering what steps to take first? Click this link to listen to a podcast between Mary Spremulli, MA, CCC-SLP and our Executive Director Debbi Guyer for tips on how to get started.
Have some pizza for a purpose throughout the month of April! When you eat at any of California Pizza Kitchen’s four St. Louis locations any Thursday in April, the APDA- Greater St. Louis Chapter will receive 20% of the proceeds. You must have this Flyer to take advantage of the deal, so spread the word to all of your friends or family in the St. Louis area.
APDA Golf Classic – In Memory Of Jack Buck
Join us for the APDA Golf Classic on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Algonquin Golf Club. With your support, we honor the memory of jack Buck, who lived with Parkinson Disease. Net proceeds from the day will fund research and services for the Parkinson’s community in the St. Louis region.
When: Monday, May 18, 2015
Where: Algonquin Golf Club – 340 North Berry Road, Saint Louis, Missouri 63122
We’re excited to announce that we are offering a yoga class for people with Parkinson disease. The class is offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm at Maryville University. Spots are limited, so call us at 314-362-3299 to reserve a spot.
Join us on Saturdays from 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm at Salem United Methodist Church in Ladue
Join Linda McNair, music therapist, at this free program for people with Parkinson’s, their family members and care partners. 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.
Click to here view the Tremble Clefs practice & performance schedule.
Want to watch the Tremble Clefs’ most recent performance? Visit our YouTube channel!
Thank you to all of our participants and our platinum level sponsor, Carol House Furniture, for helping make our annual walk/run a success! Visit our Walk/Run page for a full write-up of the event, including our other sponsors.
Announcing Our Public Service Announcement
APDA launched a new PSA, “Live with Optimism,” nationwide. This exciting new initiative was developed to raise awareness and critical funds that will continue to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure for the 1 million people in the U.S. living with Parkinson’s disease.
We hope you will take a moment to watch this important PSA and share it with all your friends and family.
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, For Caregivers Only, 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.
DVD RELEASED – The Parkinson Journey
Introduction with Joe Buck
Chapter 1 – What is Parkinson Disease
Chapter 2 – What Causes Parkinson Disease
Chapter 3 – Changes in Mood and Thinking
Chapter 4 – Treatment Options
Chapter 5 – Managing Symptoms
Chapter 6 – Living with Parkinson Disease-Personal Journeys
Chapter 7 – Finding Out More (resources)
Bonus Feature 1 – Parkinsonisms – “Look Alikes” (Dr. Joel Perlmutter)
Bonus Feature 2 – Helping with Falls (Dr. Beth Crowner)
Bonus Feature 3 – LSVT Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (Dr. Cynthia Fox)
Bonus Feature 4 – Caring for a Nursing Home Resident with Parkinson Disease
If you are a Parkinson patient enjoying this recently released DVD, The Parkinson Journey, playing on the screen, you may obtain your own personal copy, just for the asking, and one for your physician as well. For MO residents, one can be sent to you at no charge, compliments of the St. Louis American Parkinson Disease Association and the Fraternal Order of Eagles of MO through a generous grant. If you reside outside of Missouri, there will be a small fee. Contact the APDA Center, 314-362-3299, to obtain further information about Parkinson Disease and other programs and services available to our Parkinson community. Others interested may purchase a DVD for just a $10 donation to APDA.
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.
What does American Parkinson Disease Association do?
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…