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 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
Parkinsonism added to list of presumptive service connected conditions associated with Agent Orange.
VA Military Exposures and Veterans' health concerns pages
WRIISC: War Related Illness & Injury Study Center, may have additional information
Joint Philadelphia & Richmond VA PADRECC
1st Monday of the Month 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
Location: Virtual via Webex
Gretchen Glenn, email or call for link information: firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 823-5934
Meetings: Third Tuesday of Each Month 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Email email@example.com for video links
Tel: 415 379 5530
Meetings: 1st Thursday of each month
VA Greater Los Angeles (SW) PADRECC
Meetings: PD @ Home,
2nd Tuesday of the Month
10:00 – 11:00 PT
Contact: Patricia V. Pittman
Meetings: 2nd Friday of the month
Contact: call to register-- 503-220-8262 x58594
|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: Exercise, Nutrition and Wellness – October 17, 2022, 12pm-2pm ET
Veterans and Parkinson’s: Managing Cognitive Changes – December 2, 2022, 1pm-2:30pm PT
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