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Welcome to the American Parkinson Disease Association

Vermont Chapter

16 – Year Anniversary!

The Vermont Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was established in 1998 by a small group of Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients willing to support the APDA Information and Referral Center (I&R Center) established by Fletcher Allen Health Care under the direction of Dr. Robert Hamill, Chair for the Department of Neurology.

The Vermont Chapter APDA has made practical advice available to the Parkinson’s community and provides educational opportunities and resources to “ease the burden” of this chronic illness. In cooperation with the I&R Center, the Chapter communicates key information and provides support to the patient, care partner and health provider while supporting efforts to “find a cure” for Parkinson disease.

The Vermont Chapter of APDA is committed to helping communities in Vermont and New York with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Chapter is led by individuals, some of whom are directly affected by PD, so we understand what impacts you and your family.
Collectively, we strive to meet your needs by searching for unique ways to provide education and support.

Services provided:

  • Respite Services: It frequently falls to one person-a spouse, relative or friend to provide care and assistance for people with advanced PD. The VT Chapter of APDA provides vouchers for in-home respite care to relieve caregivers for a short time.
  • Jim’s House: A home away from home for patients traveling from afar to Burlington for Neurological care. Jim’s House offers overnight lodging at no cost for patients and their immediate care giver.
  • Community Building: The VT Chapter supports educational and social events in partnership with the I&R Center. These events allow members of the PD community to network with each other, as well as with various wellness resources. These include physical therapy, aquatic therapy, equipment, etc.
  • Research: All net proceeds raised during our annual Walk-A-Thon go directly to the National APDA office to support research efforts. The I&R Center can also provide information about research that is happening locally.

Whether it is participating in a fundraiser, volunteering to help run an event, or being a member of the board, the Vermont APDA needs you. Please consider renewing your membership or joining us in our mission “To Ease the Burden, To Find the Cure”.

Please feel free to explore our website and get to know us. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any further questions.