Optimism Summit

Optimism Summit & Expo (formerly Power Over Parkinson’s conference)

March 14-15, 2015
We have two dynamic speakers and two days of fun, education, trying out new exercise options and expanding your network.

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American Parkinson Disease Association Taps Sarah Jones for Top Arizona Post

Sarah A. Jones, MPA, has been named Executive Director of the American Parkinson Disease Association’s (APDA) Arizona Chapter, which serves all 15 counties, and more than 20,000 Arizonan’s with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive, neurological movement disorder that currently has no cure. In her new role, Ms. Jones will be responsible for maximizing APDA’s services to people with PD and raising awareness and funds to support and expand programs and services throughout the state. READ MORE


Coffee Talk Support Groups

Coffee Talk PD Support Groups

If you’ve been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and you have some questions or just want to talk informally, stop by one of our PD Support Groups called "Coffee Talk" sponsored by the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA). Click Here for Coffee Talk locations.

NEW Coffee Talk Support Group in Scottsdale starts March 11th - Click to Learn More

Welcome to American Parkinson Disease Association Arizona

American Parkinson Disease AssociationOur Mission:

The American Parkinson Disease Association Arizona is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of Arizonans with Parkinson’s disease and their families by promoting “Power Over Parkinson’s TM” through education, services, and support.

The Chapter also seeks to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease and the issues that are important to the Parkinson’s community.

What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system affecting more than 1.5 million people in the United States. Clinically, the disease is characterized by a decrease in spontaneous movements, gait difficulty, postural instability, rigidity and tremor. Parkinson’s disease is caused by the degeneration of the pigmented neurons in the Substantia Nigra of the brain, resulting in decreased dopamine availability. The major symptoms of the disease were originally described in 1817 by an English physician, Dr. James Parkinson, who called it “Shaking Palsy.” Only in the 1960′s, however, pathological and biochemical changes in the brain of patients were identified, opening the way to the first effective medication for the disease.

We are so grateful for your ongoing support. We fuel more than 141 hours of exercise classes and 24 support groups across 6 counties with your generous donations. Please contribute to ongoing services in Arizona.



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