April Parkinson’s Awareness Month! Visit our April Awareness page above to see everything we have planned.
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.
What is APDA All About?
Take a look at the video below to get a better idea.Did you attend our Family Matters conference on April 24 with Dr. Paul Short? If so, we would love your feedback! Click on the Family Matters logo below to fill out a short (5-10 min), anonymous survey so we can hear your thoughts and better prepare for future events. Please only complete the survey once. Video from the Family Matters conference can be found on our YouTube channel. Our 18th Annual APDA Golf Classic in Memory of Jack Buck will be held on May 16th. The event has sold out, but if you would like to be put on a waiting list, please call 636-778-3377.Thank you to everyone who sponsored, participated and donated to our Optimism Walk/Run on April 9-10. Click the logo below to be re-directed to our Optimism Walk page for a full write-up. To view photos from the event, scroll down and look on the right side of the page under walk/run photos. The 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! We are starting a PEP series for 2016 called Tools in the Toolbox. See the PEP page for upcoming events, or to catch recordings of previous PEP meetings and conferences.
The World Parkinson Congress is a conference offered every three years that provides an international forum for dialogue on the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson disease. The conference will be held on September 20-23, 2016 in Portland, OR and is open to everyone in the community who is affected by Parkinson’s. Visit the World Parkinson Congress website for more info and updates! NPR radio host Diane Rehm will be discussing her personal experiences about her husband’s battle with Parkinson disease and coping with losing him. The interview will take place on March 18 at 7:00 pm at St. Louis County Library headquarters in the Main Reading Room. Click the photo for more inforatiom. Tremble Clefs
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.
If you missed the Tremble Clefs’ last performance, visit our YouTube channel to watch a recording!
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.
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.
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.