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.We’re hiring for the position of APDA Office coordinator. Click here to view the job description; interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Select APDA-Greater St. Louis Chapter’s exercise classes will now be live streamed! Visit stlapda.org/live to watch a class live or to watch an archived class. We hope you’ll join us!Our April Parkinson’s Education Program on nutrition was a huge success! Video from the program will be available for free on our YouTube Channel, or available for a small fee on DVD in a few weeks. If you attended, please also be sure to fill out a survey on the meeting so we can plan future events. For more information on our speaker, Heather Zwickey, visit her website at HeatherZwickey.com19th Annual APDA Golf Classic in Memory of Jack BuckThe 19th Annual APDA Golf Classic in Memory of Jack Buck will take place on May 15, 2017 and feature John Mozeliak, GM of the St. Louis Cardinals, as Honorary Chair, as well as Tom Ackerman, Sports Director at KMOX, as Master of Ceremonies. To hear Tom Ackerman’s recent interview about the golf tournament with John Mozeliak, click here. The golf tournament has sold out, however there are a few dinner spots remaining. Visit www.stlapda.org/golf for more information on registering for dinner. Our Optimism Walk will be on June 10, 2017 from 10 am to 1 pm. This brand new twist on our annual walk will be family friendly and feature multiple walking distances, ranging from 3/4 of a mile to a full 5k. To register or learn more, visit www.stlapda.org/walk. Bill Donius will serve as honorary chair of the Optimism Walk.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.