Parkinson’s Disease – Support for You

A diagnosis of Parkinson’s is a life-changing moment. However, with advances in treatment and the right support there is much an individual with Parkinson’s disease can do to live every day to the fullest.

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is the country’s largest grassroots organiza¬tion serving those touched by Parkinson’s disease. What makes APDA unique is that we are in cities, towns, and communities across the U.S. Throughout our nationwide network of Chapters and Infor¬mation & Referral Centers, Centers for Advanced Research, Specialized programs in Young Onset, Veterans and Rehabilitation Resources, and count¬less support groups, we are able to quickly reach people and connect them to resources that will provide the best outcomes as they navigate Parkin¬son’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological movement disorder. Over one million people live with Parkinson’s and there are 60,000 new cases each year in the U.S. alone. It can begin with a tremor, difficulty writing, stooped posture, stiff muscles, or slightly slurred speech; symptoms are different for every person.
APDA’s mission is to provide information, education, and support to all impacted by the disease and to fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure. We take pride in the fact that we are in your communi¬ty and many others across the country serving people with Parkinson’s disease to provide support from the day of diagnosis through¬out the Parkinson journey. We have also been a funding partner in most major Parkinson’s disease discoveries and we will con¬tinue to fund research initiatives that can stop the devastation of living with this disabling disease.

APDA is here to help with:
• Health and wellness initiatives delivering programs to help people maintain independence and optimism starting at diagnosis
• Education and support programs connecting people with Parkinson’s in local communities
• Expedited and innovative research to develop promising clinical approaches and better outcomes and funding the next generation of scientists dedicated to finding new treatments and a cure.
To learn more call the American Parkinson Disease Association at 800-223-2732 or visit our website at
For information about Massachusetts programs, call 800-651-8466 or visit the APDA MA website at
This article was submitted by Stephanie Paul, Vice President,