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Give Birmingham: Parkinson Association of Alabama

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the U.S. impacting more than 1 million individuals. Every nine minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with PD. More than 16,000 people in Alabama are currently living with PD. Founded in 1978, the Parkinson Association of Alabama (PAA) has been dedicated to three key initiatives:

• CARE: We believe in access to quality care for all Alabamians, providing awareness to make the best-informed decisions with the latest advancements. We believe comprehensive wellness is the key to living well with Parkinson’s disease.

• COMMUNITY: We believe community connectedness through support and camaraderie equips those impacted by Parkinson’s and their care partners with a network of resources and encouragement to ensure no one travels this journey alone.

• CURE: We believe in supporting Alabama’s quality research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease. The PAA partners with UAB and other Alabama-based hospitals through grants and research for a cure.

Contributions to the PAA stay local in Alabama to help people live quality lives with Parkinson’s disease and provide research funding for a cure. The PAA has contributed more than $2.5 million in support of PD research to the UAB Udall Center of Excellence, 1 of 4 PD research facilities specializing in Parkinson’s in the United States. More than $35 thousand has been provided annually since 2014 to support UAB Predoctoral Scholars in their research. Additionally, the PAA provides more than $30 thousand in scholarships to those impacted by Parkinson’s to attend movement-based programs throughout the state.

In 2023, the PAA is revitalizing its Care Navigation program, offering person-centered care and resources to the newly diagnosed and their care partners to help them connect with others for a great start to living a quality life with Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, a new online resource center has launched for those that wish to self-navigate resources about Parkinson’s disease which can be found at



Improving the quality of life for patients, care partners and families affected by Parkinson’s throughout Alabama.


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