Mission: Empowering the Wisconsin Parkinson’s community through support, education, and mind/body programs.

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 Wisconsin Chapter of the APDA 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.

Rowing with Parkinsons!

Learn the fundamentals of rowing from a safe, land-based environment. Most of class time will be spent on ergometers, or rowing machines, and the focus will be on balance, technique and aerobic exercise. It’s a new way to stretch your muscles. Participants will also learn about rowing equipment including boats, oars, and seats. There will be an on-the-water session the last week of class. The dates are Tuesday, July 7 through Thursday, August 13 from 4-5:30pm. If interested, please contact Jordan Mooney at (608) 229-7628 or click here to register! 

Optimism Walk August 30th!

This year, the Optimism Walk will be Sunday August 30th at Warner Park from 11am-3pm. All net proceeds will benefit Parkinson’s disease research and support and educate patients and caregivers through our Information & Referral Center network throughout the United States. Everyone can join in the quest as participants, cheering sections, sponsors, and contributors. It is a family day that will make a difference in the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease.  We will be meeting at the “colorful shelter.”  The day will consist of a one mile walk, raffle, cookout, and great music with a DJ! If you can’t join us that day for the event, register as a virtual walker and continue to support the cause! Please check out all of the information including registration  by clicking here!

 Madison Symposium November 7th

On November 7, 2015, the American Parkinson Disease Association Wisconsin Chapter will host a symposium at Madison Marriott West from 9am-1pm. The keynote speaker will be Dave Iverson who is the director and producer of numerous documentaries such as My Father, My Brother, and Me and Capturing Grace. The symposium will also consist of a question and answer session from health care professionals that can answer questions relating to topics such as: sleep, GI, medications, mental health, speech, swallowing, and nutrition. The cost of the event is $20. If you have a specific question for the health care panel, you can call Jordan Mooney at (608) 229-7628 or email jordan_mooney@ssmhc.com

Please check out all of the information including registration by clicking here! 

8th Annual Symposium for People With Parkinson’s and Their Families

On Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 8am-3pm, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program will host their 8th Annual Symposium for People with Parkinson’s and Their Families.

Session and Speaker Schedule:

Morning Sessions

8-10am Equipment providers, pharmaceutical companies, exercise class instructors covering the mind, body and spirit More than 30 exhibitors with products and services for individuals with Parkinson’s. Drawstring bags available for handouts.

10am Treatment Options: The Old/The New/The FutureKaren Blindauer, MD, medical director of the Froedert & MCW Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program

11am Nature Can Heal Phillip Chard, MS, psychotherapist, counselor, author, newspaper columnist, coach and nature therapist

Noon Lunch is provided– A healthy fare of strawberry-glazed walnut chicken salad with whole grain roll and dessert

Afternoon Sessions

Froedtert & MCW Speakers

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) DBS is a surgery that provides selected patients with relief from many Parkinson’s disease symptoms through electrical simulation- Peter Pahapill, MD, neurosurgeon; Brad Hiner, MD, movement disorders neurologist and director of the DBS program; and Christopher Sheridan, RN, Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Program Coordinator

Optimize Your Treatment with Exercise and Holistic Practices Designed for individuals with early-to mid-stage Parkinson’s and their families- Sheila Eichenseer, MD, movement disorders neurologist

When is Less More in the Area of Treatment? Designed for individuals with advanced Parkinson’s and their families- Wendy Peltier, MD, neurologist and director of the Palliative Care Program

Cost: $15

Registration is required. Please call 414-805-3666 or 800-272-3666

Support Groups

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. Please note that the Asbury Support Group will start meeting the 3rd Wednesday of the month in July from 2:45pm-4pm in hopes of increasing attendance.

Upcoming Presentations

Sun Prairie Support Group: 301 Blankenheim Ln, Sun Prairie WI, 1-2pm
Monday July 27th: Brienne Ruel- Speech and Parkinson’s
Monday August 24th: Dr. Mangin- Cognition Changes in Parkinson patients


Asbury Support Group: 6101 University Ave
TIME CHANGE- Wednesday July 15th 2:45pm-4pm: Janet Bolling, Coping Skills and Approaches to Caregiving
Wednesday August 19th 2:45-4pm: Julie D’Angelo- Free YOGA CLASS! Please RSVP with Jordan Mooney at (608) 229-7628.

My Father’s Clowns

By Jamie Roman
The “My Father’s Clowns” calendar is dedicated to the memory of Robert J. Roman.  My Dad made these clowns for over 20 years from rocks collected near where my family vacationed. Dad passed away from Parkinson’s in 2004 and I finally adopted all the “clownies” ten years later. The calendar features the clownies on backgrounds of original photographs that I have taken.

Coincidentally, after the calendars were made and I had arranged to donate the proceeds to APDA-Wisconsin Chapter, my son learned Grandpa (Dad) had raised substantial money for APDA in Utah as a member of their Board of Directors.  My son and I feel this is now a three generation project continuing what Dad started by raising money for those with Parkinson’s Disease for years to come.

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Parkinson’s Signature Bracelet

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Purchase a Parkinson’s bracelet today as a gift! The bracelets feature: -Sterling Silver is strong and long-lasting; similar to the strength it takes to fight Parkinson disease -Hand-stamped charms create a personalized bracelet for people involved with Parkinson’s community -Charms: two flat circular sterling silver hand-stamped discs say: “WI” and “CURE” -Swarovski Crystals are beautiful; just like the families supporting people with Parkinson disease -Red and blue Swarovski crystals are the APDA’s colors -Sterling Silver magnetic clasps make putting it on easy -Sterling Silver flex bead wire is comfortable to wear The bracelet is lovingly designed by an artist and the granddaughter of a person with Parkinson’s and is keenly tied to our Chapter’s purpose.  Purchase one today at http://wdaviesdesigns.storenvy.com.

Contact Us

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Wisconsin Chapter Of The American Parkinson Disease Association

P.O. BOX 7513
Madison, WI 53707-7513
Phone: 608-229-7628
E-Mail: chapter@wichapterapda.org
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