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Welcome to the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association

Welcome to the website for the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association. Our mission is to "Ease the Burden, To Find A Cure" for the people with Parkinson's Disease and their caregivers in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. Our goal is to provide education, support and socialization. Along with educational information found on our website will hold many event, both educational and social during the year and there is something for everyone. Please feel free to call: 401-736-1046 with any questions that maybe of concern to you. You may email us at:

Our mailing address is:

American Parkinson Disease Association- Rhode Island Chapter

PO Box 41659

Providence, Rhode Island 02940

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month!

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is Celebrating Parkinson's Awareness Month!

Please help us spread the word and support CT APDA by clicking the donate button to help us help those with PD!

2014 Rhode Island "Matching Grant Challenge"

A great opportunity has been presented to RI APDA that will help further our mission to "ease the burden" and we are asking for your help!

We are pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has issued a fundraising challenge to the Rhode Island Chapter APDA. The challenge is for RI APDA to raise $40,000 in 2014 and if achieved, the anonymous donor will contribute another $20,000 for a total campaign amount of $60,000!  This money will remain in Rhode Island and will be earmarked for Patient Care Services. Any donation received during 2014 will be Challenge Grant eligible, I know together we can, with your help, achieve the goal.  No gift is too small.


The 16th Annual Race Walk & Roll for Parkinson Disease - September 13, 2014

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!!  for the 16th Annual Race, Walk & Roll for Parkinson's Disease

Join us for our annual Race Walk & Roll, a fun family day in scenic Goddard State Park!  You can choose to run in the 5K official road race , walk the 1.5mile walk or just enjoy the beautiful day. The events are followed by prizes, a free picnic and entertainment. To date we have raised over $487,997.80 for Parkinson's Research.

Help us  break $500,000  this year !!!!!!  Together we can do it!!  For more information.....

Parkinson's Swim Program begins in April at RI Rehab in Cranston

Rhode Island Rehab's Parkinson's Swim Program is beginning on Thursday, April 24th at their Cranston location. This class will focus on balance, posture, strength and flexability designed for people with Parkinson's. This new program is being taught by Nadja Adams, DPT. For more information  see the attached flyer.......

April 15th - Atria Aquidneck Place- Portsmouth DBS Lunch & Learn Lecture with Dr Asaad, MD, PhD

This event is full! Please consider another event listed on our homepage!

Please join us on April 15th,12:00PM at Atria Aquidneck Place for a "Lunch & Learn" lecture with Dr Wael Asaad, MD PhD. Dr Asaad will talk about Deep Brain Stimulation, A Treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Dr Asaad is an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the Brown Alpert Medical School and The Rhode Island Hospital Faculty. Don't miss this special opportunity. RSVP is required as seating is limited. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at 401-580-2412 to reserve your seat! For more information...........

April 18th - Dr Bellafiore Lectures at Arturo Joe's Restaurant

"It's Parkinson's Disease...Now What?"

This event is now full! Please consider another event listed on our homepage! 

On Friday, April 18th Dr Bellafiore will be our guest speaker at the Arturo Joe's Restaurant at 140 Point Judith Rd. in Narragansett. His Topic; "Managing  Parkinson's Disease".  The luncheonand lecture will begin at 12:00PM. Both the luncheon and presentation is sponsored by Teva NeuroScience. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046.


April 26th - Parkinson's Unity Walk Bus Trip to New York City

"Freedom from Parkinson's disease can be a Walk in the park...."

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is again organizing a bus trip to the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in New York City. This fun and moving event fills up fast so check out the information on how to join us on the bus trip....

After reserving your seat on the bus you can register for our team.. 


Go to our  Team page 


To Register for "Team Rhode Island " follow the link above and let the "FUNdraising" begin. 

April 29th- New Support Group begins at Atria Lincoln Place - Lincoln

The Rhode Island Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is pleased to announce the beginning of a new Support Group in Lincoln. Atria Lincoln Place has graciously agreed to host a support group for the Lincoln area. The first meeting will be on Tuesday,  April 29th at 10:45 AM. Please RSVP for the first meeting to Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046. Valet Parking will be available to those in need.  For more info.....

April 30th Dr Marano Lectures at the Venus de Milo Restaurant in Swansea

On Wednesday, April  30th, Dr Marano will be our guest speaker at the Venus de Milo Restaurant at 75 Grand Army Highway in Swansea, MA. His Topic; "Managing  Parkinson's Disease".  The luncheon and lecture will begin at 12:00PM. Both the luncheon and presentation is sponsored by Teva NeuroScience. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046.


May 5th- Lecture on "Voice Your Choice-Advanced Directives" at the South County Support Group

Rhonda Taddei, RN BSN CHPN, Care Transition Nurse from Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island will be our guest speaker, sharing her expertise in the area of advance directives. Her topic, "Voice Your Choice, Making Informed Decisions about Advanced Directives" is an important topic for all ....with and without PD.   For more information....

May 5th - Parkinson's "Boot Camp" at the Jewish Community Center-East Side of Providence

 Parkinson's "Boot Camp" begins at RIRehab-Jewish Community Center in Providence form May 5th - June 2nd.  Classes available include: Essential LSVT BIG and PD EX (for those who have completed LSVT BIG Therapy),  Tai Chi, Aquatics for PD and Dance for PD. For more information....

May 7th - Dr Gordon lectures at Atria Bay Spring Village Barrington, RI


On Wednesday, May 7th,  Dr Norman Gordon, MD from East Providence will be our guest speaker at Atria Bay Spring Village at 147 Bay Spring Avenue in Barrington, RI. His Topic; "Managing  Parkinson's Disease".  This luncheon and lecture will begin at 12:00PM. The luncheon is sponsored by Atria Bay Spring Village and the presentation is sponsored by Teva NeuroScience. Reservations are required. Please RSVP to Mary Ellen at 401-736-1046.


May 13th- Chapter Board Meeting

The next  meeting of the APDA Rhode Island Chapter will be on on Tuesday, May 13th at 6:30PM. We meet the second Tuesday each month!

We meet at Kent Hospital in the Doctor's Auditorium on the first floor. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.


June 14th-PawSox- Parkinson's Awareness Night

Parkinson's Disease Awareness Night! Saturday, June 14, 2014 Family Fundraiser

We are excited to announce that RI & MA APDA Chapters and Team Dominachin will hold an awareness and fundraising event with the PawSox. We will be selling tickets to attend the  Pawtucket Red Sox vs. the Charlotte Knights. For more information.....

Breaking News

This new section on our website will keep you up to date on the latest articles found on the internet regarding Parkinson's disease. Just follow through to the next page and click on the links provided to be taken to articles of interest....

Current Research Opportunities

Many members of RI APDA have participated or are currently participating in research studies at varies sites. We will now maintain a list of ongoing research studies that are available for those who are interested. As researchers make us aware of new studies they will be added to our website. For questions about participation.....

New studies at URI!

VA to Extend Benefits for Tramatic Brain Injury for those who also have Parkinson's

WASHINGTON – Some Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) who are diagnosed with any of five other ailments will have an easier path to receive additional disability pay under new regulations developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.The new regulation, which takes effect 30 days from today, impacts some Veterans living with TBI who also have Parkinson's disease, certain types of dementia, depression, unprovoked seizures or certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. To read the full press release.......

Dancing for Parkinson's at the Newport Y

Join us as we explore movement & connect with others creatively & joyfully*

When: Tuesdays at 11 am- 12 pm

Where: Newport Count YMCA                 Fee: $60 for members   $80 for non-members

Register at the Newport County YMCA

Instruction by Rachel Balaban 401.261.7062

Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition

Dr Joseph Friedman's new book is now available!

"Making the Connection Between Brain and Behavior, Second Edition"

The only complete and up-to-date book addressing the most common behavioral symptoms of Parkinson's Disease (PD), including depression, anxiety, hallucinations, disrupted sleep, and compulsive behavior. For more information....

Join RI APDA Chapter facebook group

   Yes!! Rhode Island APDA has it's own group on Facebook. Use this social networking site to meet others in RI and across the country who have or care about someone with Parkinson's disease.!/groups/119816945170/

Yoga Classes at the Kent Y for Individuals with Movement & Balance Disorders


The New and Improved Kent Y now has New & Improved Classes for People with Movement & Balance Disorders. Kent YMCA has Yoga classes with you in mind. For more information....