Programs and Services

Parkinson's Disease Education and Answers

The Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania is committed to providing the public with the most up-to-date information available on Parkinson’s disease, its causes, treatments, and opportunities for optimal health. Our services extend beyond people with PD and caregivers to allied health professionals, caregiving organizations and the community at large.

The Parkinson Primer
The Foundation regularly holds a four session Parkinson’s disease overview for those who are newly diagnosed and others that wish to learn more about Parkinson’s disease and its management. The weekly sessions are two hours and cover:

Parkinson’s Overview
Medications and Managing Parkinson’s Symptoms
Non-motor Symptoms or Features
Parkinson’s Disease Self-Care

For additional information and details on the next program offering, please call us at 412.837.2542.

Community Awareness and Health Care Provider In-Services
The Foundation is active in raising awareness and understanding of not only the disease, but more importantly, the special needs of those intimate with PD. We are available to speak to home care providers, allied health professionals, assisted and skilled living administrators and staff and also community and service organizations about any aspect of living with Parkinson’s disease or caring for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Organizations that have participated in trainings and workshops will be listed on our website information and referral page as having participated in the program and designated as “Parkinson Aware”. The workshops and trainings are provided at no charge.

For additional information or to schedule a time, please contact David Von Hofen at 412.837.2542 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Parkinson Support Group Programs
We are available to speak to the regional support groups on a variety of topics. We also have a number of videos and recorded webcasts that address the many aspects of managing Parkinson’s disease and caregiving for support group viewing. Additionally we are often able to provide the names and contact information of additional speakers who are able to address specific topics and concerns beyond healthcare (i.e. financial and legal concerns).

Lending Library
The Foundation maintains extensive information on all topics pertinent to people with Parkinson’s disease. Our lending library contains several hundred books, videotapes, and DVDs for loan. David Von Hofen, director of Programs and Outreach, is available for in-person appointments or phone calls to answer questions and help arrange services.

For more information, please call the Foundation at 412.837.2542.

The Foundation writes, publishes, and distributes an e-newsletter 6 times a year. Each issue contains information on current research, opportunities for advocacy, tips on nutrition and exercise, and new sources of support and hope for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson Care Series
The most comprehensive Parkinson’s disease educational tool available, the Parkinson Care Series (PCS), was developed by the Parkinson Foundation of the Heartland for educating individuals with PD, their families and caregivers, and professional caregivers, to improve the quality of life for those with Parkinson’s disease.

The Parkinson Care Series is an eight-module video presentation with supporting handouts. It can be used as an informational tool and as a professional training complete with continuing education credits. The series can be borrowed or purchased from the Foundation and also can be presented by Foundation staff.

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We are committed to providing the public with the most up-to-date information available on Parkinson's disease, its causes, treatments, and opportunities for optimal health.

Support Groups

Support Groups

Support groups share information and offer mutual support. Group members are often the sounding board in talking out fears, concerns, or set backs and celebrating victories along the way.

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