Parkinson's Outpatient Program
American Parkinson Disease Association Information & Referral Service
- Comprehensive, holistic service
- Evaluation and referral
- Information and counseling
- Parkinson's Support Groups
- Young On-Set Group
- Care Giver Group
Contact Person: Julie Garofalo, RN (631) 862-3560
Please call (631) 862-3560 for more information.
Understanding Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurologic disorder involving areas of the brain which control movement. In PD, dopamine-producing nerve cells(a brain chemical used to send messages to the muscles to make them move properly) are damaged, gradually reducing dopamine levels in the parts of the brain that control movement. This loss of dopamine causes a variety of movement problems. Symptoms in early PD are usually mild and may stay that way for some time. If you or someone you know has PD you are not alone. In the United States, 50,000-60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed each year, adding to the one million people who currently have PD. The Center for Disease control rated complications from Parkinson’s disease as the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, it is estimated that four to six million people suffer from the condition. There is hope, however, as scientists work towards a cure and make progress in identifying the best treatment options for patients. St. Catherine’s American Parkinson Disease Association Information and Referral Service is available to offer support and is staffed by a part-time nurse coordinator and a medical director who is a board certified neurologist.
- Slowness of movement
- Stiffness or rigidity
- Tremor at rest
- Difficulty with balance
Common Problems• Difficulty walking
- Speech Problems
- Mental Confusion
Standard medications, new drugs, innovative developments, and surgical procedures offer increasing hope in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.