The Parkinson’s Foundation Ohio Chapter seeks to:
- Provide services and information that benefit the Parkinson’s community, including patients, families and medical professionals,
- Provide support to local communities to establish support groups,
- Increase awareness of PD signs and symptoms, issues that impact the disease and be the community resource for PD,
- Educate those affected by Parkinson's about the entire spectrum of Parkinson's disease and,
- Serve as a bridge between people with Parkinson's and their healthcare providers, to help patients and families get the best care possible.
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Founded in 1980 as the Central Ohio Parkinson Society with the purpose to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease; to help find its cause and cure; and to provide education and support to patients, their families and caregivers. Initially, the Society focused on monthly support group meetings to educate and serve as a resource for individuals and their care partners. As more counties in Ohio began asking for assistance to begin support groups, we focused on supporting Central and Southeast Ohio while other organizations supported the remaining counties. A monthly newsletter was created to provide information about research and care for PD. Voice and movement classes were added in Central Ohio to further empower patients to live their lives to the fullest.
In 2012, the Central Ohio Parkinson Society began a strong relationship with the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF), and signed an affiliation agreement to operate as the Ohio Chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation.
In 2015, the Ohio Chapter unified with NPF, officially becoming part of the highly regarded organization that was founded on making life better for those with Parkinson's.
In 2016, the National Parkinson Foundation merged with the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, becoming the Parkinson’s Foundation. At this time, our chapter name changed to the Parkinson’s Foundation Ohio Chapter.