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PDF Announces Financial Assistance Program for People with PD

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

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 common problem faced by people with Parkinson’s: handling the continuing costs that are associated with home adjustments and medical equipment that can quickly become overwhelming.  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. 

According to Marsha Anthony, she and Traci Corcoran, co-directors of MWPF, “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 also seen first-hand the difference that assistance, no matter how big or small, can make in keeping that person more independent and safer.  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.”

Do you or does someone you know need help covering the costs of PD-related care or equipment? To find out if you are eligible for support, please contact the Melvin Weinstein Parkinson’s Foundation at or (757) 313-9729.