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.
NEW Classes starting Spring 2014!
Including: Wellness Course, Tremble Clefs Singing Group, Dance for PD, Role Reversal Seminars and LOUD Crowd.
Click Here for more info about these new classes.
PEP Meeting: Sunday, November 17, 2013 – DVD now available!
Over 500 people joined us to hear Dr. Joel S. Perlmutter’s presentation “Why Am I Optimistic and Hopeful – Looking Forward” at the PEP meeting on Nov. 17. His presentation covered the basics about PD, symptoms and progression of the disease, new research results and a question and answer session. A DVD of the event is now available for purchase online for $15. Or you can send a $15 check requesting the DVD to our Chesterfield location. St. Louis APDA, 1415 Elbridge Payne Rd. Ste. 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Next PEP Meeting: Sunday, February 2, 2014, 1:30pm at Shaare Emeth Congregation (11645 Ladue Rd., St. Louis, MO)
Topic: Deep Brain Stimulation with a panel of experts including Drs. Pratap Chand (SLU), Terry Rolan (MU) and Mwiza Ushe (WUSM). Special Guest Appearance by Brent Peterson, former NHL ice hockey player and coach/director of operations for the Nashville Predators, who will share his personal story of his toughest faceoff and DBS experience. Discussion will include who is a candidate for this surgical treatment, is there a window of opportunity, what is involved in the surgery and what can I expect after the stimulators are turned on. Join us to learn about DBS and be inspired!
GO! St. Louis Marathon, Run with APDA St. Louis!
APDA has been chosen as an official charity of the 2014 GO! St. Louis Marathon & Family Fitness Weekend, April 5 & 6, 2014. This means that individuals who are interested in participating in the 5K Run/Walk, Marathon Relay, Half Marathon, or Marathon can commit to run/walk and fundraise on behalf of (and with!) APDA. More than 25,000 people participated in this weekend in 2013, including thousands of charity runners who raised more than $367,000 on behalf of local causes. Our goal is to raise $10,000 this year, and we hope you (and your family) will join us as we ease the burden and find the cure for Parkinson disease.
Click Here to find out more and to join the APDA team!
Aren’t running, but want to donate to Team APDA? Click Here to visit our Crowdrise fundraising page for Team APDA,
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.
DVD RELEASED – The Parkinson Journey
Introduction with Joe Buck
Chapter 1 – What is Parkinson’s Disease
Chapter 2 – What Causes Parkinson’s Disease
Chapter 3 – Changes in Mood and Thinking
Chapter 4 – Treatment Options
Chapter 5 – Managing Symptoms
Chapter 6 – Living with Parkinson’s 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’s Disease
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.
What is Parkinson Disease?
Parkinson’s 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). PD 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.
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…