Ruth Hagestuen, Chairperson of Health Professionals Special Interest Group of the Movement Disorders Society Ruth Hagestuen started preparing for her place in the Parkinson’s professional community when she was a nurse working overseas in Bangladesh and Madagascar. “I gained a different and more global perspective from my time there. I can see the value of… Read More


Neurologist and Medical Director of the Struthers Parkinson’s Center How did you come to be a professional dealing with PD? I completed my training in Neurology and then did a fellowship in Clinical Genetics, because I was interested in genetic disorders of the nervous system.  I became an expert in Huntington’s disease, a genetic movement… Read More


Rose Wichmann’s path to the Struthers Parkinson’s Center unfolded one step at a time; at each step she found new ways of supporting PD patients and their families. Rose began her journey over 30 years ago in the physical therapy department at Methodist Hospital, where a small Parkinson’s center did multidisciplinary team assessments of three… Read More


Louisa Voss and her husband, Gregg, should get the award for the “most miles traveled” since Gregg, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) in 2006. Gregg grew up on a farm and enjoyed hunting, a passion that continues to today. Since the day of the diagnosis, Louisa and Gregg have gone to Africa and this… Read More


Parkinson's Support Grants(2)

Here at NPFM we are very excited to offer three great opportunities for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers. We truly believe that providing help and support for those living with Parkinson’s disease is the best way to raise awareness. After creating our first support grant and helping others, NPFM decided to evaluate the most prominent needs… Read More


Friendly Community[1]

  Why Parkinson’s friendly Communities? We believe there are over 1 million Americans with Parkinson’s disease and it is expected to double by 2030, yet there is not a national registry to calculate exact number of people living with Parkinson’s. In the 2016 Senate session, the Advancing Research for Neurological Diseases Act (S.849) will be… Read More


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Thank you for your interest in a Parkinson Support Grant from the National Parkinson Foundation Minnesota. NPFM is excited to offer three opportunities for Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers through the program, focusing on the areas of caregiver respite care, help-at-home and exercise. Individuals/families are welcome to apply for ONE of the three grants within a… Read More


First Hand Help-1

Recently diagnosed with Parkinsons disease? Living with Parkinson’s disease and looking to connect with someone else living with the disease? We are here to help! First Hand Help was created to help people living with Parkinson’s make the connection with someone on the same journey. This group, comprised completely of those living with PD serves… Read More