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PINS: Answering Your Questions about PD

Have you or has a loved one recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD)? Are you adjusting to life several years into PD? Do you need help finding a physician? ... managing your medications? ... or finding a support group?

All of these questions, and more, can be answered through PDF’s Parkinson’s Information Service (PINS). PDF is pleased to announce two exciting updates to this program.

Helpline Extends Its Hours

Due to popular demand, the PINS toll-free helpline, (800) 457-6676, has extended its hours and is now available from 9 AM – 6 PM ET.

This resource will place you in direct contact with PDF’s information specialists who have a wealth of knowledge about Parkinson’s-related treatments and symptoms. Additionally, our team keeps comprehensive listings of physicians and support groups around the country and can help refer you to local resources.

Ask the Expert Now Available in Spanish

PDF is also proud to announce that, Ask the Expert, the online feature of PINS, is now available in Spanish.

This feature allows people who have questions about Parkinson’s to reach PDF’s team of information specialists through the web. All questions are answered within 8 – 10 days. 

Please call (800) 457-6676 or visit to learn more about PINS. PINS is managed exclusively by PDF and is supported by a generous grant from Boehringer Ingelheim.

Parkinson’s Awareness Month

For more than a decade, April has been designated as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s groups nationwide are taking this opportunity, the month in which James Parkinson was born in 1755, to raise greater awareness about Parkinson’s and to recommit themselves to finding a cure.

PDF is recognizing the month by hosting a second annual Parkinson’s Awareness Day at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, IL, on Saturday, April 12. We invite you to join us for a day that includes a mall walk, a demonstration of a seated exercise program de signed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease, a stress management session and an in-person question and answer segment with the specialists behind the Parkinson’s Information Service (PINS) toll-free helpline.

For those of you who are closer to New York, the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park on Saturday, April 26, presents another way to join the PD community and support Parkinson’s research. This year, PDF will be fielding a team consisting of members of our Board of Directors, our national staff, and our own People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council (PPAC). If you are not connected with another team and would like to join us, let us know.

To learn more about these events or to find a support group in your area that may know of local activities, please call us at (800) 457-6676 or email us at