Mission and Goals

The Mission of APDA

The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. (APDA) is a not-for-profit, voluntary health agency committed to serving the Parkinson’s community through a comprehensive program of research, education, and support. APDA was founded in 1961 to “Ease the Burden and Find the Cure” for Parkinson’s disease. APDA supporters have invested very heavily in this association, allowing for continuous expansion of its goals. The growing support received from the public at large, the Parkinson’s community, and pharmaceutical companies along with a dedicated Board of Directors, Executive Committee, National Office, and a network of Chapters, Information and Referral Centers, and Support Groups, has made APDA the largest grassroots Parkinson’s disease organization in the United States. This dedicated broad base of support has helped us to ease the burden and will bring us closer to finding the cure.

The Seven Goals of APDA

  • To sponsor pioneering research into the cause, diagnosis, treatment, and cure for Parkinson’s disease.
  • To develop a grassroots network of Information and Referral Centers, Chapters and Support Groups nationwide.
  • To encourage fundraising events in strategic areas throughout the country.
  • To publish and distribute materials such as a quarterly newsletter, booklets, audiovisual items, and other educational and supportive tools about Parkinson’s disease.
  • To sponsor regional educational conferences for professionals, patients, caregivers, and families throughout the country.
  • To raise public awareness and understanding of the disease.
  • To assist in the education of the Parkinson community worldwide.