The APDA in Nebraska

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that affects a patient's ability to move.  People with Parkinson's disease may experience tremors, slowness of movement, rigid muscles and difficulty with balance that may lead to falls.  Most people with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed after the age of 60, but the young can be affected as well.  The disease affects both men and women.  Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson's disease.  For more information go to Learn about Parkinson's Disease.


The Latest APDA News

First Steps Towards a Vaccine for Parkinson Disease

.On the heels of the AFFiRiS and MJF announcement regarding the PD01A vaccine study, Dr. Alice Lazzarini shares her perspective on the importance of this research.  As one of the researchers instrumental in the discovery of PARK1 and a person currently battling PD herself she has a unique perspective on this topic and the hope for the future.  

Dr. Lazzarini was a member of the team in the Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, (along with researchers at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Naples), who identified PARK1 in 1997, the first gene mutation to cause Parkinson disease.  This research was partially funded by APDA. To read the complete article

click here.


Depression and Parkinson's Disease

The recent death of Robin Williams has touched the lives of individuals of all ages.  We are also impacted by the recent news that Mr. Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease prior to his passing.


While Parkinson’s disease (PD) is typically associated with physical motor symptoms, a host of cognitive impairments such as depression, sleep disorders, and memory loss can also be related to PD.  Fortunately many of these symptoms are treatable, but patients and caregivers must seek care.  Each year in the U.S. 60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed, many under the age of 60.   It is important that when someone is newly diagnosed they talk to their physician about treatment options.


The American Parkinson Disease Association Nebraska Chapter and Information and Referral Center are here to provide information, education and support to those who are impacted by Parkinson’s disease, of which includes the patient, caregivers and their families.  In addition, the APDA Nebraska Chapter and Information and Referral Center also provides assistance to Parkinson’s support groups throughout the state of Nebraska and hosts events to create awareness, provide education, raise funds to support research and to bring individuals together so they know they are not alone.


The APDA Nebraska Chapter and Informational and Referral Center is part of a national organization that provides support to Chapters and Information and Referral Centers across the United Sates.  Click here for the complete release from APDA National Office.


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