About Us

Our History and Mission


The Arkansas Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) was started in 1995 when the Director of Home Health at Mercy Hospital Hot Springs (then St. Joseph’s Mercy Medical Center), applied to the national office of APDA to start a center in Arkansas.

Since then, the Arkansas Chapter and Information & Referral Center have grown from one support group in Hot Springs, to 17 Support Groups throughout the state and conducts educational seminars for People With Parkinson’s, their caregivers and in-service educational programs for health care professionals.


The Arkansas Chapter of APDA’s mission is to ease the burden of Parkinson Disease through education, raising awareness and facilitating support group meetings throughout the state of Arkansas.

The Chapter and I&R Center have a Vision to be the educational and support organization in Arkansas for People with Parkinson’s, their families, caregivers and the public in general.

We do this through our goals:

  1. To Raise Public Awareness of Parkinson Disease throughout the state of Arkansas
  2. To Establish, promote and sustain Support Groups throughout the state of Arkansas
  3. To educate People With Parkinson’s, their families, care givers and healthcare professionals.
  4. To fund and staff an Information & Referral Center in Arkansas.
  5. To support research initiatives toward treatments and a cure.