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American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center of Minnesota
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The American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center of Minnesota provides:
Who we serve
The Information and Referral Center provides information to individuals who have Parkinson's disease, their families, caregivers, allied health professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about how to live well with Parkinson's disease.
Parkinson's disease is a disorder of the brain that leads to shaking (tremors) and difficulty with walking, movement, and coordination.
Help us continue this vital service in Minnesota. Donations can be mailed to:
Please make checks payable to: The Minnesota Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association
Photo: APDA Minnesota Chapter Board of Directors
The Board would like to thank all of the people who attended the Party for Parkinson's Fund Raiser event, all of the individuals that donated time, expertise and silent auction items, The WHITESIDEWALLS who provided the wonderful music and silent auction items, and especially our Corporate Sponsors including the Capistrant Family Foundation, Allina Health, and the Noran Neurological Clinic.
Fitness exercise classes for Parkinson's disease/Movement disorder
Four classes designed to provide fitness opportunities for participants across the continuum of their disease. This unique exercise program emphasizes four key components:
The class schedule varies by class level; Fitness 1, Fitness 2, Fitness 3, Fitness 4. Classes follow a circuit and highlight Parkinson’s specific exercises from the PWR! fitness training model.
Prior to starting an exercise class, every new participant will meet with a physical therapist for a free assessment to determine appropriate class. New participants please call 651-326-2150 to schedule a free fitness assessment.
This series of classes is for people who have completed any LSVT Big and/or Loud therapy program and want to maintain their skills and have fun.
Try something new and creative in a fun, supportive and relaxed atmosphere. This class with Northern Clay Center Artist Lucy Yogerst, allows participants to work on fine motor skills and hand strength. This class is free and you may attend one or all three classes. Patients and caregiver/carepartners are welcome. For dates and information call Erin at 651-232-2166.
Exercise class for people with Parkinson's disease. Come alone or with a caregiver/partner. Enjoy live music and move to feel energized.
Nordic walking makes walking a new fitness experience. Using poles while walking has all of the benefits of walking plus it engages the muscles of the upper back, shoulders, arms and torso. The swinging arm motion of walking with poles is important for the balance and coordination of people with Parkinson's. $5 participation fee. Caregiver/care partner walks for free. Call Erin for dates and more information at 651-232-2166
This series of classes takes place at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul. Tai Chi is a chinese exercise of slow circular movements that help promote energy flow and a sense of well-being. This Tai Chi can be done standing or sitting in a chair.
Parkinson's disease support groups
For questions or for help starting a group, call Joan Brandl, RN, at
The American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center of Minnesota supports a number of support groups throughout the state.
Minnesota board of directors
Minnesota Messenger is published every spring and fall for anyone interested in Parkinson's disease and the efforts of the American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Center of Minnesota.
Please call 1-888-302-7762 (toll free) or 651-241-8297 (Twin Cities area), if you would like to: