About Us

Our Mission  

The Parkinson Council is the premier local organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for patients, carepartners, and their families impacted by Parkinson’s disease.

We invest in research, education and programs provided by world-renowned institutions and innovative service organizations in the greater Delaware Valley area.

We strengthen our role in the Parkinson’s community by increasing the number of lives we touch every year.

Click on the presentation below to find out more about us, how we work and where the money goes.

Register and Take the Lead for our Walk to Stamp Out Parkinson's on October 10, 2015!

Oct 10 2015 8:00 am
Oct 10 2015 11:30 am

Our 2015 Walk to Stamp Out Parkinson's website is up and running! Please join us for this inspiring, family-friendly event on Saturday, October 10th (RAIN OR SHINE) on MLK/West River Drive. 

Now Accepting 2016 Request for Funding Proposals




The Council’s mission is to raise funds to provide financial grants to Philadelphia and Delaware Valley based entities dedicated to:

  • Promoting research into the causes of and cure for Parkinson’s disease.
  • Educating people with Parkinson’s, care-partners, health professionals and the general public about Parkinson’s Disease; and
  • Improving the quality of life for patients and their care-partners.

The Council provides financial grants in the following areas:

  • Research initiatives at local hospitals and universities that may lead to improved quality of life, improved symptomatic relief from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease, and has the potential to lead towards the cause or cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
  • Activities that bring awareness of Parkinson’s disease to the medical, general and underserved communities through advocacy and education.
  • Support for emotional and physical needs that have the potential to improve symptoms and enhance quality of life for the person and care-partner.
  • Support groups for people with Parkinson's and care-partners. 

The Parkinson Council’s grant cycle is a one-year cycle from January 1 through December 31, 2016.

Support Groups

A support group is a way for people to help Parkinson's Disease patients cope with problems they all share. These groups offer social and emotional support to patients and their care partners, education and information from peers and professionals and a chance to be active for oneself and for others in the community. Members give and receive information and encouragement through the mail, phone calls, and group meetings. There are more than 40 support groups now active in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland. Groups meet weekly or monthly.  

Movement Classes


Dance for PD is a unique movement program specifically designed for people with Parkinson’s disease. It helps people affected by PD improve well-being, address symptoms and connect with others in the Parkinson’s community in a safe, fun and creative environment.

Emma Lee/for Newsworks

Everyone with PD, family and friends are welcome... no dance experience is necessary! Participants have the opportunity to experience a variety of dance themes including folk dance, ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theater numbers, all with an emphasis on using the power of music to move.


Abington YMCA dance class designed for people with Parkinson's disease, by Hilary Bentman, Philly.burbs.com 7/2/13

Dance classes help Parkinson's patients stay limber, by Gloria Hochman, Philadelphia Inquirer 6/16/13

People with Parkinson's revel in dance class made for them, by Maiken Scott, WHYY Newsworks 5/8/13

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