Parkinson Disease Lunch & Learn

This April, millions of people around the world will recognize April as Parkinson's Awareness Month.

posted on 4/18/2023 in Press Releases

The Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) and the Carroll Area Parkinson Disease Support Group/Delay the Disease class invites the Carroll community to recognize and increase their awareness of Parkinson’s disease at St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. Not only that:

  • Nearly 2 million Americans, including an estimated 20,000 Iowans, are living with Parkinson’s.
  • Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected.
  • The impact Parkinson’s disease has on the economy (increased health and insurance costs, lost wages, lost productivity, etc.) is calculated to be $14.4 billion annually.
  • Seven to 10 million people worldwide are estimated to be living with Parkinson’s disease. Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated 4% of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.
  • With the exception of Alzheimer’s/dementia, Parkinson disease is more prevalent than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s disease and ALS combined.

Unfortunately, the cause of Parkinson's is unknown and currently, there is no cure. That’s why the Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is rallying the Carroll community this April to raise awareness and funds to ease the burden of the disease and find a cure.

The Iowa Chapter of the APDA and the Carroll Area Parkinson’s Disease support group/Delay the Disease/Rock Steady Boxing exercise classes invite all community members to join them in raising Parkinson’s awareness by visiting their website at and participating in events taking place throughout the month. For more information contact social worker Melissa Schultes at St. Anthony at 712-794-5815 or the State office, toll-free, 877-872-6386. For more information on St. Anthony Rock Steady Boxing class, click here.

Parkinson disease is a neurological disease that affects the central nervous system and is characterized by tremors, rigidity, slow movement and problems with walking and balance. There are over 1.5 million people in the United States who have Parkinson’s disease, and over 100,000 are diagnosed each year in the United States. The Iowa Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is a not-for-profit organization that increases public awareness through annual events and offers telephone support and resources to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Parkinson disease in the state of Iowa. For more information, call the Iowa Parkinson Disease Information and Referral Center at (877) 872-6386 or visit

The Carroll Area Parkinson’s group is hosting Dr. Mike Cassaday of the Parkinson’s Speakers Bureau at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, immediately following the weekly Delay the Disease exercise class. Along with the informational program, there will be a light lunch. To RSVP, call 712-794-5815 by April 13. The class and luncheon are held in the St. Anthony Education Center on the fourth floor; parking in the covered garages. Call with questions.