APDA saddened by the loss of Robin Williams

The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) is saddened by the loss of Robin Williams and extends its deepest condolences to his family and friends. We are all also impacted by the recent news that Mr. Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease prior to his passing.

While typically Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with motor symptoms, a host of non-motor symptoms, such as depression, fatigue, and sleep disorders, can also be related to PD. Fortunately many of these symptoms are treatable. Each year in the U.S. 60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed, many under the age of 60. It is important that when someone is newly diagnosed they talk to their physician (preferably a movement disorder specialist) about treatment options. Additionally, there are local resources like APDA available to help guide individuals and families to keep them focused on what they can do rather than what they can't.

"APDA is here to provide support, patient services and education through our vast network of Information & Referral centers, chapters and support groups nationwide," explains Leslie Chambers, President & CEO. "While your doctor is the best source of advice regarding management of symptoms and treatments, APDA has local resource centers throughout the country that provide referrals to medical and psychological professionals to help people navigate this disorder, make important health decisions, and face PD with hope and optimism.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, you may have questions about maintaining mental health. What are some warning signs of depression? To answer some of your questions, our educational supplement, Depression & Parkinson's Disease, is available at no cost.

In addition, APDA publishes and distributes more than 30 FREE PD educational publications that support the PD community and provide them with the most up-to-date information on key issues facing individuals and families coping with PD.