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PDF Announces Financial Assistance Program for People with Parkinson's

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is pleased to announce a new financial assistance program for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), developed in partnership with the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation (MWPF).

The program, to be known as the Helen M. Lynch Direct Aid Fund of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation, was established in 2008 with the help of a private gift.  It addresses a problem faced by many people with PD: handling the continuing and often overwhelming costs of vital home adjustments and medical equipment.  For individuals who meet certain eligibility requirements, the new fund offers assistance to cover, temporarily, such costs as home healthcare and the purchase of medical equipment, such as wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

Marsha Anthony, co-director of MWPF with Traci Corcoran, says the two “are frequently in contact with people living with Parkinson’s whose lives could truly be made easier by items such as durable medical equipment or a home health aide.  We have seen first-hand the difference that assistance, no matter how big or small, can make in keeping that person more independent and safe.  That is why this collaboration between MWPF and PDF is so vital.”

PDF’s Executive Director, Robin Elliott, said of the new program, “PDF frequently hears from our helpline callers that financial matters are of great concern.  It is crucial that all people with Parkinson’s have access to the equipment and services they need to manage their disease most effectively.  We hope that this program can help, in some small way, to address this need.”

To find out if you are eligible for support to cover the costs of PD-related care or equipment, please contact the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation at help@mwpf.org or (757) 313-9729. 

About Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the US.  Although promising research is being conducted, there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s.

About the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF)
The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) is a leading national presence in Parkinson's disease research, education and public advocacy.  We are working for the nearly one million people in the US living with Parkinson’s by funding promising scientific research and supporting people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers through education programs and support services.  Since its founding in 1957, PDF has funded over $75 million worth of scientific research in Parkinson’s disease, supporting the work of leading scientists throughout the world.

About the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation (MWPF)
The Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation (MWPF) is a not-for-profit organization that raises money to purchase medical equipment and health supplies for Parkinson’s patients to help with the maintenance of safe and healthier living environments.  To learn more about MWPF, visit www.mwpf.org or read about them in PDF’s Parkinson’s Disease Resource List.

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Source Date: Jul 21 2009