60,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) each year.
Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and the 14th leading cause of death in the U.S. One million people in the United States and six million people worldwide live with Parkinson’s. These numbers are expected to climb significantly over the next 20 years as the number of older adults in the U.S. continues to grow.
Since 1957, the National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) has focused on improving Parkinson’s care through research, education and outreach. NPF has funded over $172 million in services, research and care to support these goals. The organization currently supports one million people through these combined efforts.
A core belief for the organization is that every person living with Parkinson’s disease deserves the best care and treatment. To that end NPF dedicates its outreach initiatives to:
- Raising awareness about Parkinson’s disease in both the general population and the medical community.
- Delivering national programs that increase training, promote resources and help people.
- Supporting the Parkinson’s chapter network that serves 100,000 people living with the disease and their families.
- Partnering with organizations that can help NPF meet research, care and education goals.
Highlights of NPF achievements over the last 50 years include:
- NPF Centers of Excellence. These 39 team-based care centers are located at top medical institutions around the world; 24 in the U.S. and 15 at other international facilities.
- “Ask the Doctor” An online forum that provides educational materials to patients and families, as well as monitors the NPF national Helpline.
- NPF Grants. Organization-supported projects include the genetic research that led to the discovery of the alpha-synuclein gene and the identification of pathways in the basal ganglia that are now being targeted for drug development.
- Allied Team Training for Parkinson (ATTP). Training to teach and encourage health care professionals to use an interdisciplinary care team approach to treat patients living with Parkinson’s disease.
- Parkinson’s Outcome Project (POP). An NPF effort to study and track how Parkinson’s progresses and the ways various treatments affect disease outcomes. Ultimately, NPF hopes to share models of care with the medical community to ensure each person living with PD receives the most effective care.
Because the need for research, care and education is so urgent, The Bristal has chosen the National Parkinson Foundation as one of our three Pay-It-Forward charitable recipients. For every “Like” our NPF posts receive on Facebook between 12/08/13 through 12/21/13 we will donate $1 to the organization, and raise up to $2,500 for the organization. Show your support for this great cause by sharing our posts with your friends on Facebook and encouraging them to “Like” these Facebook posts, too.