Who We Are
To ease the burden and find a cure for Iowans impacted by Parkinson’s disease in communities across Iowa.
Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
The Iowa Chapter is the state chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA), located in Staten Island, New York and was founded in 2003. We strive to help any Iowan who is impacted by Parkinson’s disease through various programming, support groups, educational conferences and symposiums and our Information & Referral Center. We hold various fundraisers throughout the year that support these endeavors and Parkinson’s research. The Iowa Chapter is run by a group of 11 volunteer board directors.
Iowa Parkinson Disease Information and Referral Center, located at UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
The Information and Referral Center (I&R Center) is supported by the Iowa Chapter of the APDA and the national headquarters of the APDA in Staten Island, New York. The APDA’s goal of promoting a better quality of life for the Parkinson’s community is actualized through an expanding network of Information and Referral Centers. The unique contribution of these Centers is to respond to the particular needs of persons affected by Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through education, referral, support and public awareness programs. The Information and Referral Center serves as a regional “hub” which processes requests received by mail, phone or on-site visit. Contact the Center for the following (877-872-6386):
Ask questions and request information and materials regarding Parkinson’s disease treatment, therapies and research.
- Get referrals to support groups in your area.
- Get referrals to Parkinson’s specialists in the state.
- Request information about upcoming events, symposiums and conferences.
Please note: The Information and Referral Center does not prescribe medications nor does it act in place of a physician. Before going forward with any treatments or therapies, discuss with your primary care physicians or neurologist first.
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines graciously houses the Information and Referral Center on its hospital campus in downtown Des Moines.
American Parkinson Disease Association
The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to “ease the burden and find a cure” for Parkinson’s disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness about the disease. APDA supports nine Centers for Advanced Research, 52 regional Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, 45 chapters, and 250 affiliated support groups nationwide. Each year, the APDA Scientific Advisory Board reviews grant applications, and submits recommendations, for funding researchers whose work shows promise for making scientific breakthroughs or for finding improved treatments for Parkinson’s disease.