American Parkinson Disease Association
APDA meets its unique dual mission to “Ease the Burden – Find the Cure” through a national network of 42 chapters, 50 Information & Referral (I&R) centers and approximately 1,000 support groups. It is the only Parkinson’s disease (PD) organization that equally funds scientific research to find the cause(s) and cure, while providing patient and caregiver support and education.
APDA has been a funding partner in most of the PD scientific discoveries. Its Scientific Advisory Board, a panel of prominent clinicians and scientists, reviews all applications and recommends funding the most promising research.
APDA is the nation’s largest grassroots Parkinson’s organization. Volunteer chapters raise awareness and funds for research. I&R centers provide patient/caregiver services and physician referrals, educational materials and programs. Support groups address the needs of patients, families, the newly diagnosed, young onset, and caregivers. The APDA National Young Onset Center is the country’s only full-time center addressing the specific challenges of young people with PD.
APDA National Headquarters is located at Parkinson Plaza, 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, N.Y. 10305.
About Lotsa Helping Hands
Lotsa Helping Hands powers online caring Communities that help restore health and balance to caregivers’ lives. Our service brings together caregivers and volunteers through online Communities that organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion in neighborhoods and communities worldwide. Caregivers benefit from the gifts of much needed help, emotional support, and peace of mind, while volunteers find meaning in giving back to those in need.
We created Lotsa Helping Hands after witnessing four years of awe-inspiring community support and response to a family member’s serious medical crisis. Seeing how earnestly friends wanted to help, and juggling the difficulty of organizing their assistance, we designed Lotsa Helping Hands with the understanding of how to bring together a variety of social circles and what a resulting community like this would need. Lotsa Helping Hands is easy to use and requires no training for either the Coordinator who creates the Community or the Members who participate.
Our Commitment to Philanthropy
Because Lotsa Helping Hands was inspired by the outpouring of support during our own caregiving experiences, we have a strong commitment to giving back. We support the nonprofit sector and align with national organizations who offer our service to their members and constituents. We donate pro bono expertise and financial resources to the nonprofit organizations we serve.
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