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Appointments
Veterans with suspected movement disorders are typically referred to a PADRECC or a Consortium Center by a consult from their VA primary care provider or general neurologist. Please, see our Getting Care page for more information.
Parkinson's Disease and Agent Orange
Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease who served in-country or on the inland waterways of Vietnam between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 are presumed exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides and are eligible for presumptive service-connection. To learn more, go to the Agent Orange Parkinson’s Disease website or call 1-800-749-8387, the Special Health Issues Toll-Free Helpline.
Support Groups

Nationwide via telephone

Parkinson's TelephoneEducation/Support Conference

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday each Month;  10-11am PT, 11am-12noon MT, 12-1pm CT, 1-2pm ET

Location: call 1-800-767-1750 enter code 54321#


Philadelphia VA PADRECC

Meetings: 1st Wednesday of the Month
2:30pm-4pm April-December

Location: Philadelphia VAMC
3900 Woodland Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19104
PADRECC Conference Room
4th Floor Old Building

Contact: Gretchen Glenn or Rebecca Martine
215-823-5934


San Franciso PADRECC (San Francisco's Support Group Page)

Meetings: Third Tuesday of Each Month
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: San Francisco VAMC Neurology
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Building 203
Conference Room 1B26A

Contact: Susan Heath
415-221-4810 #2505


Richmond PADRECC (Support Group Page)

Meetings: 4th Thursday of the Month
1pm-3pm

Location: Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC
1201 Broad Rock Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23249
Room 2K113-115

Contact: Lynn Klanchar
804-675-6952


Houston PADRECC

Meetings: 1st Wednesday of the Month
12:30pm-2:00pm

Location: Michael E. DeBakey VAMC in Houston
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX
2A Dining Room

Contact: Shawna Johnson, RN BSN
713-794-8410


West Los Angeles PADRECC

Meetings: Please Call

Location: West Los Angeles VAMC
11301 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90073

Contact: 
310-478-3711 x48001

Support Group Resources

Notice: When you click on a links provided below, you will be leaving the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed below. Please refer to the VA's official disclaimer at: http://www.va.gov/disclaim.htm


Support Group Leaders Manual (from NPF) (PDF document)

Parkinson's Disease Organizations

Notice: When you click on a links provided below, you will be leaving the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed below. Please refer to the VA's official disclaimer at: http://www.va.gov/disclaim.htm


American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA)
www.apdaparkinson.org

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
www.michaeljfox.org

National Parkinson Foundation
www.parkinson.org

Parkinson's Action Network (PAN)
www.parkinsonsaction.org

Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF)
www.pdf.org

PD Trials: Learn about Parkinson's clinical trials
www.pdtrials.org

The Parkinson Alliance
www.parkinsonalliance.org

Davis Phinney Foundation
www.davisphinneyfoundation.org

Young Onset Parkinson's Association (YOPA)
www.yopa.org

Clinical Trials
www.clinicaltrials.gov

Multi-National Directory of Parkinson's Disease Information on the Internet
www.disabilityuk.com/health/parkinsons/park2.htm

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Educational Resources

My Parkinson's Story

A series of short videos prepared by the VA PADRECCs addressing various aspects of Parkinson's Disease.

Deep Brain Stimulation

Depression

Early Parkinson's

Falls

Memory

Sleep

Environmental Exposure

Genetics

My Parkinson's Story on YouTube:

Notice: When you click on a links provided below, you will be leaving the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed below. Please refer to the VA's official disclaimer at: http://www.va.gov/disclaim.htm

My Parkinson's Story Videos




Newsletters:

The PADRECCs publish two newsletters to provide clinicians with information on recent developments concerning movement disorders. These newsletters are also available to our patients. Go to our For Professionals page and look for the VA Parkinson Report and the Monthly Transmitter on the right-hand side.


Patient Education Brochures:

Patient Education Brochures were developed by the PADRECCs to provide patients and families with information on the most common topics concerning Parkinson's disease.

Exercise and Physical Activity

Fall Prevention

Parkinson’s Disease Medications

Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Non-Motor Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Agent Orange and Parkinson’s Disease

The PADRECC Bulletin:

A Special Edition for persons with Parkinson's Disease and their families.

Suggested Education Essentials:

Suggested Education Essentials for Newly Diagnosed Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease is a document that has been reviewed by the PADRECC Education Committee and includes useful articles such as: Overview of PD, Exercise, Medications, Nutrition, and Organizations.
PDF File

Hospitalization Plan for PD:

PADRECC Hospital Kit materials - use these specially designed tools & ask your local PADRECC for more information. Hospital Kit Checklist & Emergency Plan (a list of what should go in your hospital kit); Quick Fact Sheet for Providers about PD (to educate staff who care for you during a hospital stay); Reminder cards (post on the communication board in your hospital room or give to nursing staff to remind them you need your PD meds on time, every time). Wallet Cards and Medication Lists can be printed from  MyHealtheVetMedical Alert ID Bracelets can be obtained by consult to VAMC Prosthetics department. 

Critical Information for Caring for the Parkinson's Patient developed by Parkinson's Resources of Oregon & OHSU's Parkinson Center of Oregon. Individualized information to share with inpatient medical staff in case of hospitalization.

Additional Articles:

Notice: When you click on a links provided below, you will be leaving the Department of Veterans Affairs Website. The VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of any of the links listed below. Please refer to the VA's official disclaimer at: http://www.va.gov/disclaim.htm

Driving and PD.

Going to the Hospital with PD.

Understanding Dysphagia.

Aware in Care Kit from the National Parkinson Foundation aims to help people with Parkinson's get the best care possible during a hospital stay.

Frontline Episode:

Watch "My Father, My Brother, and Me", The Public Broadcasting Service's Frontline episode about Parkinson's Disease.

VA Resources

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I'm Caring for a Veteran with Parkinson's Disease (PD) -  What do I need to know? Download fact sheet

The National Caregiver Support Line is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The National Caregiver Support Line Toll-Free number is 1-855-260-3274.

Visit the VA's Caregiver support site at www.caregiver.va.gov.



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National Resource Directory:

The National Resource Directory is designed to connect wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their families with those who support them.

Regional Resources:

State Veterans Affairs Offices click to locate your state or territory

APDA Dedicated Veteran I&R Center for Parkinson's Disease at VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System (Reno, NV)

Military Exposures:

Veterans may have been exposed to a range of chemical, physical, and environmental hazards during military service.

Click here for more information