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To ease the burden and find a cure for Iowans impacted by Parkinson's in communities across Iowa. Parkinson's disease is a neurological disorder that has no cure and no exact cause. It is a progressive disease that often impacts one's quality of life significantly. As an organization we want anyone who has Parkinson's to know they are not alone in their diagnosis. We want them and their family members to understand that there is a place they can call and ask questions and seek information. We want Iowans impacted by Parkinson's to know they are not alone.
The Chapter funds an Information and Referral Center. The Center is the community outreach arm of the organization is staffed by a full-time coordinator. The Information and Referral Center has a helpline that people can call and ask questions, request resources or be referred to support groups/specialists around the state. In conjunction with the Chapter, the Center organizes two conferences a year and other annual educational events. The Chapter and the Center also publishes a tri-annual magazine, Live It! with a circulation of over 3500. With a network of over 35 support groups, the Center also helps establish and maintain Parkinson's support groups around the state of Iowa.