What is Parkinson’s Disease

According to the APDA, Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a type of neurologic movement disorder, affecting the brain and causing difficulty with movements, or motor symptoms.

It is characterized by its most common motor symptoms — tremors (a form of rhythmic shaking), stiffness or rigidity of the muscles, and slowness of movement (called bradykinesia) — but also manifests in non-motor symptoms including sleep problems, constipation, anxiety, depression, and fatigue, among others, which can be present well before any visible motor symptoms. It is a chronic and progressive condition, meaning that the symptoms become worse over time and can affect the ability to perform common, daily activities.

JCHC'S Parkinson's Support Group

Join JCHC Therapy Services for our Parkinson's Disease Support Group. We focus on learning, sharing experiences, and establishing connections in a welcoming, comforting environment. The Jefferson County Parkinson’s Support Group is a Community Group that meets the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 pm, with support from JCHC and the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA)- “Strength in Optimism. Hope in Progress." Meetings take place in Conference Room C at Jefferson County Health Center. Please use the McCreery Cancer Center entrance. The purpose of the group is to learn by talking with others and sharing experiences, tips, ideas about living with PD or about being a care partner. 

For More Information Contact:
Michelle Boeding-Kreuter
(641) 469-4295 

Parkinson’s Disease Resources

American Parkinson's Disease Association

Iowa Chapter of American Parkinson Disease Association

Iowa Chapter of American Parkinson's Disease Association Facebook

Iowa Chapter of American Parkinson's Disease Association YouTube