APDA of Nebraska
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The National American Parkinson's Disease Association is represented in Nebraska by two entities. While the Information and Referral Center is the service arm of the national APDA, the Chapter is the fundraising and awareness arm. The two entities function as a partnership in providing Nebraska with resources, education and research opportunities.
The APDA Information & Referral Center of Nebraska:
The American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) Information and Referral (I&R) Center of Nebraska is the only educational resource center in the state that focuses entirely on Parkinson's disease. The I&R Center provides five services in assisting the Parkinson's community throughout Nebraska. These services include education, support group sponsorship, information and resource provision, referral assistance and awareness.
The Parkinson's Empowerment Program includes five teleconferences broadcast to 15 Nebraska locations, two major symposiums presented by medical experts and educational sessions for the newly diagnosed patient. The I&R Center assists 24 support groups in Nebraska that allow people within the Parkinson's community to socialize, learn about the disease, and find support. The center also offers resources and referrals to aid Parkinson's patients in their journey to maintain an optimal quality life while living with a chronic disease. Please explore all the options that are available to you through the Web site.
The APDA Nebraska Chapter
The primary goal of the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA) Nebraska Chapter is to raise support for ongoing Parkinson's research, educational programs, and resources for Nebraska as well as the nation. The Annual Walk-a-thon is just one of the events sponsored by the Chapter. The proceeds from that event go to furthering research to aid in finding a cure for the disease.
The Nebraska Chapter is grateful for the many generous donations received from the community. These contributions are used in Nebraska for educational and supportive services and across the nation for Parkinson's research. You can be a partner in easing the burden and finding a cure in a variety of ways while honoring a loved one. The following gifts can be made:
Memorial or Special Occasion Gifts
To honor the memory of a deceased loved one or friend or to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion. A card is sent to the designated person.
Your gift can be applied for a designated purpose such as research, education, early-onset, publications, library, etc.
Many companies or corporations will match your gift and double or triple the amount realized to continue our mission.
About Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that damages dopamine producing cells, which affect smooth and coordinated body muscle movement. The key signs of Parkinson disease include tremor (shaking), slowness of movement, rigidity (stiffness) and difficulty with balance.
Parkinson’s disease affects both men and women in almost equal numbers. It shows no social, ethnic, economic or geographic boundaries. In the United States, 60,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, joining the 1.5 million Americans who currently have Parkinson disease. The frequency of the disease is considerably higher in the over-60 age group, even though there is an alarming increase of patients of younger age. In consideration of the increased life expectancy in this country and worldwide, an increasing number of people will be victims of Parkinson's disease.
The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., founded in 1961, has sought to "Ease the Burden and Find the Cure" for this disease through research, patient and family support and education. For information on Parkinson’s Disease, go to www.apdaparkinson.org.