The St. Louis APDA Information and Referral Center is located in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine. It is one of the largest among the APDA Centers in the United States.
The American Parkinson Disease Association St. Louis Chapter’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease, their families and caregivers in our communities within Missouri and Southern Illinois and to provide funding for ongoing Parkinson’s disease research.
The American Parkinson Disease Association St. Louis Chapter’s vision is to expand significantly its patient services and education programs to better meet the growing and unmet needs while maintaining its commitment to fund Parkinson’s disease research.
What Does the APDA 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, including FREE printed material, medical and support system referrals, quarterly newsletters, and patient service listings. The Center informs patients about Parkinson’s disease studies and research projects in which they might wish to participate.
Public awareness and educational programs play a vital role in the Center’s activities. The Center has published the well-received book entitled “Coping With Parkinson’s Disease”, for the benefit of people with PD and caregivers alike and “A Collection of Helpful Hints for People With Parkinson’s Disease”. The St. Louis APDA has produced “FIT ‘N FUN”, a therapeutic PD home exercise videotape, and “Caring For A Nursing Home Resident With Parkinson’s Disease”. The Center coordinates all PD services in the Greater St. Louis area. It also serves as headquarters for the local APDA Chapter.