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Save the date for our upcoming education programs 

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Good Start: for newly diagnosed patients and their care partners, held at Seattle Pacific University

Thursday January 14 6:00-8:00pm 


Thursday March 10 6:00-8:00pm

Join us in Portland, Oregon for the 4th World Parkinson Congress

More than 3,500 people from 65 countries will attend the WPC 2016 in Portland, OR to learn about cutting edge science, clinical research and comprehensive care from some of the most renowned health professionals, researchers, and advocates globally.  Start planning now, it is less than one year away! APDA is a bronze sponsor of this event.  For more information:





Join us for APDA's first national patient teleconference/web conference taking place on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 9:00-10:00am.  Dr. David Standaert, Chair of our Scientific Advisory Board, will be the presenter for the program. Click here for more information:

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July 13, 2015: KOMO News Interview with Sam Jewell about his family's annual STP ride for Parkinson's


First Steps Towards a Parkinson's Vaccine

Boston University bio-engineer, uses a technique called optogenetics to diagnose Parkinson's disease.

 Green Tea May Help Protect Brain Cells from Neurodegeneration

Win a signed Russell Wilson Seahawks hat!

Russell Wilson Meets with APDA WA to help "Ease the Burden, and Find the Cure" for Parkinson's!

APDA WA Featured on Right at Home Radio Show for Parkinson's Awareness Month


Washington State Governor Declares April as Parkinson's Awareness Month!

Experts at New Castle University in Britain are investigating Google Glass as an assitive aid to help people with Parkinson's retain their independence for longer. Follow the link to watch the video and learn more!

A revolutionary new study discovers that a deficient energy process in cells can result in Parkinson's disease. Read about what this may mean for possible theraputic strategies.

In her new study, Dr. Laurie Mischley explores the commonalities shared between those who managed the disease most successfully, in an effort to answer the question: "Among those with Parkinson's who are doing unusually well, what are they doing differently?"

Attorney, Linda Worthington, with Schroeter Goldmark and Bender, discusses what you should know about Parkinson's disease and disability benefits in this short, informative blog post!

Joanne Hamilton, PhD, ABPP-CN explains how to distinguish cognitive and non-motor symptoms caused by Parkinson's, from those caused by medications.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finalized a new regulation that will make it easier for some veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) who also have Parkinson's disease to receive additional disability pay.

In a new study at the University of Florida, researchers use brain imaging to examine cognitive problems common to Parkinson's disease. This information could potentially foreshadow impairment and be applied to developing treatments.

Depression and anxiety can affect many people with PD, and even worsen Parkinson's symptoms. Learn how to identify symptoms that may indicate depression and anxiety, as well as strategies on how to cope.

Scientists at the National Institute of Health have discovered a network of genes that may regulate the disposal of dysfunctional mitochondria, potentially opening the door to new drug targets for Parkinson's disease and other disorders.

Difficulty swallowing, called dysphagia, can happen at any stage of Parkinson's disease. Learn more from the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders.

Join the Parkinson's Action Network in ending sequestration and supporting policies that strengthen research and Parkinson's care!

Explore Healthline's "15 Best Parkinson's Blogs of 2013" and connect with others sharing the daily struggles and successes of their journeys with PD.

Everything you've ever wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask about sexuality and intimacy in Parkinson's.

Research Update: "An Omaha scientist will start a human trial this summer involving the novel use of a drug that he hopes will halt the progress of Parkinson's disease"

How can you cope with changes to communication in Parkinson's?

Learn about the potential cognitive symptoms of PD including dementia, hallucinations, and night terrors.

Lets get moving! Check out this article about the benefits of yoga for reducing tremor and improving steadiness of gait!

President Obama speaks on the BRAIN Innitiative and American innovation.

Various provisions of the Affordable Care Act will have implications for the Parkinson's community. The Parkinson's Action Network explains what you need to know!

Scientist say they have, for the first time, cloned human embryos capable of producing embryonic stem cells. That ability means, in theory, that they could be used eventually to treat all sorts of illnesses, including diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and spinal cord injuries.

Eat your vegetables! Eating peppers twice or more per week was consistently associated with at least 30% reduced risk of developing Parkinson's disease.

MIT computational scientists have now modeled the structure of the protein most commonly associated with Parkinson's disease...the findings could offer a new way to treat Parkinson's.

The NIH launches collaborative effort to find biomarkers for Parkinson's.

The Vashon Parkinson's Support Group is looking to start a Dance for PD class, and got mentioned in the local paper!

A touching story about the power of music for people with dementia.

The Neupro Patch is back in the US, recently approved by the FDA for use in Parkinson's.