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 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.


American Parkinson Disease Association has contributed more than $30 million to PD research and another $30 million to patient and caregiver support and education. Be an American Parkinson Disease Association partner in its mission. Each donation helps us to Ease the Burden – Find the Cure.

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.

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Tremble_Clef_LogoJoin us for a Broadway-themed performance by the Tremble Clefs! The concert will take place on March 28 at 2:00 pm at Salem United Methodist Church (1200 S. Lindbergh Rd., Ladue). A reception will follow.  

Team APDA will once again be participating in the GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend. Hurry and sign up- race weekend is April 11-12, 2015. Visit our Walk/Run page for more information.

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We’re excited to announce that we will be starting a new yoga class for people with Parkinson disease starting on March 25th. The class will be offered on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-7:30pm at Maryville University. Click the flyer to the left for more information!


jack buck seal_APDA Golf ClassicSpring is just around the corner- save the date for our annual golf tournament on May 18, 2015! Keep checking ourwebsite for the most up-to-date information about the event.

Two new medications – RYTARY™ and DUOPA™ have been approved by the FDA address Parkinson’s symptoms. To read the full press release, click here. 

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If you were unable to attend Dr. Perlmutter’s lecture about research in the PD field, visit our YouTube channel to watch the video recording of the event!


Thank you to all the presenters, volunteers and people who attended our Family Symposium on October 26! Handouts from each of the presenters are available below:

Click here for more information about our keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Short.

Video from the conference is available through our YouTube channel!

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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.

Announcing Our Public Service Announcement

This month, 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.

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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

CME Downloads For Physicians – Cover Letter / Course Evaluation / Quiz / Registration

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.

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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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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…

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