Education & Answers

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 Proficient.” 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 info@pfwpa.org.

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.

E-Newsletter
The Foundation writes, publishes and distributes an e-newsletter monthly. Each issue contains the latest information and updates from the Foundation.

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  • Address: 575 Lincoln Avenue,
    Pittsburgh, PA 15202
  • Phone: 412-837-2542 - Office
The Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania is the Pittsburgh region’s leading advocacy organization for Parkinson’s patients, their families and professional caregivers offering a variety of services related to Parkinson’s disease. Since 1995, the Parkinson’s community has relied on us for exercise, education and support programs as well as referrals to leading healthcare providers specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease. The Parkinson Foundation Western Pennsylvania is fully funded through private donations.
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