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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.

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Our inaugural Cocktails & Conversation fundraiser, which takes the place of the fall fashion show, will be held on October 20, 2016. The event will feature an hour of conversation, hors d’oeuvres and drinks at the Ritz-Carlton St. Louis followed by a presentation from Jon Palfreman, author of the best-seller Brain Storms. Jon will discuss his experiences researching Parkinson’s while working as a scientific journalist, as well as talk about his personal experiences living with the disease. For ticket and sponsorship information, please visit the event page

 Tremble Clefs

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 is in the process of assembling a Tremble Clefs- West County class. Pre-registration is required at this time, so please call 636-778-3377 if you are interested in joining Tremble Clefs!

If you missed the Tremble Clefs’ last performance, visit our YouTube channel to watch a recording.

tools_in_toolboxThe final PEP meeting in our 2016 Tools in the Toolbox series will take place on Sunday, November 6 from 1:30-3:30 pm. Dr. Joel Perlmutter will be our featured speaker and will be taking questions, debunking myths and talking about hopefulness for the future. Please note the new location for this meeting: Congregation B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Rd., St. Louis, MO 63141. See the PEP page for more information on this upcoming event and to catch recordings of previous PEP meetings and conferences.
webinarThe 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!
PD Coach Dr. Paul Short, the Parkinson’s Coach, recently hosted a live webinar for care partners called Pushing a String: When Your Powers of Persuasion Don’t Motivate a Person with Parkinson’s. Click here to be re-directed to Dr. Short’s website to view archived footage of the webinar.
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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