Welcome to the St. Louis Chapter of APDA

The Parkinson Resource Center in Chesterfield will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15, 2016 for President’s Day. The Monday afternoon exercise classes have been rescheduled for Friday, February 12, but will be held at their normal times.

The APDA- Greater St. Louis has new contact information! You can now reach us at (636) 778-3377 or by email at info@stlapda.org.

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.

The Optimism Walk/Run and Golf Tournament will be here before you know it! Click on either logo below to access the walk or golf pages for more information on each event!

Beating PD 2 APDA-Golf-Classic

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 and for upcoming dates!
tools_in_toolboxWe are starting a PEP series for 2016 called Tools in the Toolbox. The first PEP meeting will be on April 3 and will feature a panel discussion on Duopa and DBS. See the PEP page for more info, or to catch recordings of previous PEP meetings. PEP_Sponsors
 LOUD Crowd is starting up again! If you are an LSVT-Loud graduate, or would just like to work on your speech, this is a class for you! See the flyer for more information; RSVP required.


WPC2016The 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! 
rehmNPR 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, 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.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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