Parkinson’s disease was first described by Dr. James Parkinson in a report entitled “An essay on the Shaking Palsy,” about 200 years ago in 1817. In more contemporary terms Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder caused by the loss of dopamine producing brain cells. The primary symptoms of Parkinson’s disease included tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and impaired coordination. There are approximately 60,000 Americans diagnose with Parkinson’s each year, with Parkinson’s effecting more people then Lou Gehrig’s disease( ALS), Muscular Dystrophy, and Multiple Sclerosis( MS) combined.
PAACI (Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana) was founded in 1981 by Marge and Edwin Schulz and about 25 other families as a group who could help provide most current information through education and support to those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We provide a Newsletter (quarterly) informing our readers of the advances in the disease management, an annual symposium featuring nationally recognized researchers and topics; weekly e-blasts, literature on the topic of Parkinson’s as well as caregiving, have a convalescent aids closet, and schedules other educational meetings throughout the year. PAACI’s website is or you can find them on Facebook at Parkinson’s Awareness Association.
The Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation (IPF) was founded in 2009, by Don Waterman and his family. Their mission is to improve the daily lives and wellbeing of people with the disease. Their program “The Climb,” provides a research-based exercise program and support system that is geared towards common symptoms and deficits caused by the disease. IPF provides support groups, caregiver support groups, resources for families living with the disease, as well as lunch-and-learn opportunities on various topics. The climb has several locations for their exercise programs around the city and state. IPF can be found at or on Facebook at Indiana Parkinson Foundation. They also offer a monthly newsletter and weekly e-mail blasts.
The Indiana Parkinson’s Foundation (IPF),along with The Parkinson’s Awareness Association of Central Indiana, Inc. (PAACI) and other community resources are embarking on a series of articles to better inform our community about the disease and caregiving.
The Times is partnering with the Indiana Parkinsons Foundation to promote education and awareness of Parkinson’s Disease. For more information visit