Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Centers
For Veterans and Family
|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.
If you are a Veteran and are not yet in the Veteran Affairs Healthcare System, print out your VA Welcome Kit and explore Vets.gov to learn about your benefits. https://www.vets.gov/welcome-to-va/
|Parkinson's Disease and Military Exposures|
|Veterans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease or Parkinsonims 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, about Agent Orange and other military exposures, click these links:
Agent Orange website or call 1-800-749-8387, the Special Health Issues Toll-Free Helpline.
Camp Lejeune past water contamination and Parkinson's disease
VA Military Exposures and Veterans' health concerns pages
WRIISC: War Related Illness & Injury Study Center, may have additional information
Joint Philadelphia & Richmond VA PADRECC
Meetings: 1st Monday of the Month @ 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
Location: Virtual via Microsoft Teams
Contact: Gretchen Glenn, email for link information
Meetings: Third Tuesday of Each Month @ 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm PT
Tel: 415 379 5530
Meetings: 1st Thursday of the @ 12:30pm - 1:30pm CT
VA Greater Los Angeles PADRECC
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of the Month @ 10:00am – 11:00am PT
Contact: Patricia V. Pittman
VA Long Beach Health Care System
Meetings: evey other Friday @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm PT
Meetings: 2nd Friday of the month @ 10:00am-11:30pm
Contact: call to register-- 503-220-8262 x58594
Early Onset Support Group
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of the month @ 5:30pm EST
Contact: Jessica Kaplan or 804-675-5931
Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Support Group
Contact: Jessica Kaplan or 804-675-5931
|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)
My Parkinson's Story
My Parkinson's Story on YouTube is a series of short videos addressing various aspects of Parkinson's disease told through the grace of Veterans' stories:
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 Bi-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.
Suggested Education Essentials:
Suggested Education Essentials for Veterans with Parkinson’s Disease is a document that has been reviewed by the PADRECC Education Committee and includes useful links to resources that provide information on topics such as: Overview of PD, Exercise, Medications, Nutrition, and Organizations.
Additional 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
Veterans and Parkinson’s: Mobility and Driving (June 2022)
Understanding PD and Mental Health in the Veteran Community (April 2022)
Veterans and Parkinson’s: A Team Approach to Living Well (Mar. 2022)
Environmental Exposures in Veterans with Parkinson’s (Nov. 2021)
Veterans and Parkinson’s: What You Need to Know (Oct. 2021)
The VA Caregiver Support Program contains a wealth of resources for caregivers/partners, including self-care and caring for your Veteran. Visit the VA Caregiver Support Program website at www.caregiver.va.gov or call the National Caregiver Support Line, at 1-855-260-3274.
I'm Caring for a Veteran with Parkinson's Disease (PD) - What do I need to know? Download fact sheet
VA Geriatrics and Extended Care