Welcome! Parkinson disease is a neurodegenerative disease resulting in the loss of dopamine production. Dopamine is the neuro-transmitter responsible for aiding in body movements. Symptoms include slowness of movement, tremor, muscle stiffness and postural instability. To date, there is no cure. The mission of the American Parkinson Disease Association is to “Ease the Burden, to Find the Cure.” We do this by providing support and empowering people with Parkinson’s disease, their families, and caregivers through education, fundraising for research, sponsoring support groups, and networking with resource and referral agencies involved in the care of people with Parkinson’s disease throughout Wisconsin.
April is right around the corner and the APDA Wisconsin Chapter has not one, but TWO big events to celebrate Parkinson’s disease awareness month. On April 1, 2017, there will be the Parkinson’s Half Marathon/5k/1 mile walk at Glacial Drumlin Trail in Cottage Grove. The Nasett family and friends have put on the Parkinson’s Half Marathon/5k/1 mile walk for the last five years with each year surpassing the last. Approximately 1,000 people participate in this family friendly event which consists of a half marathon, 5k run, one mile walk, and free children’s run at Glacial Trail Drumlin in Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. The event brings in participants from across the United States with some families training in different states and uniting in Wisconsin as a family to raise proceeds for the APDA Wisconsin Chapter. To register, CLICK HERE!
On April 22, 2017, the APDA Wisconsin Chapter will host it’s annual wine and beer tasting fundraiser called A Night of Hops & Vines. This event is a fun and chic evening for adults who enjoy quality beer and wine while socializing and bidding on a fantastic silent auction.
Funds raised enable APDA Wisconsin Chapter to continue providing local support and education to those touched by Parkinson’s disease right in your own communities, and also fund scientific research into the causes, prevention, treatments and ultimately the cure. For its eighth year, approximately 200 participants gather at Blackhawk Country Club to sample dozens of different wines shipped from California’s best vineyards while viewing great silent auction packages such as our Milwaukee hotel, tailgating, and spa packages. To register, CLICK HERE!
On November 5th, 2016, the APDA Wisconsin Chapter held it’s annual Parkinson educational symposium at Madison Marriott West. We had an excellent keynote speaker, Dr. Giuseppe Cortese, and a health care panel with a wide range of health care experts to answer questions from the audience. If you missed the event, you can watch it here.
Here are some of the next presentations for the support groups that have decided to have speakers at each month’s meeting. There is no need to RSVP, just show up the day of the event.
Sun Prairie Group: 301 Blankenheim Lane, Sun Prairie WI, 1-2pm
Monday April 24th: Rock Steady Boxing Presentation: Learn the importance of exercise in Parkinson’s
Monday May 22nd: Rebecca Radue: Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson’s Disease
Monday June 26th: Trisch Schleicher: CPR & Choking Class
Asbury Support Group: 6101 University Ave, Madison WI, 2:45-4pm
Wednesday April 19th: Julie D’Angelo: Free Yoga Class for Parkinson’s disease
Wednesday May 17th: Emily Devine: Importance of Physical therapy in Parkinson’s disease
Wednesday June 21st: Kim Zimmerman: Hearing & Seeing Things that aren’t real in Parkinson’s Disease