Your support and contributions will enable us to provide free education, referral, wellness, & support to people with Parkinson's and their Care Partners in the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City area.
All programs will continue to be held online at this time. We are continuing to assess the situation as we put policies in place for resuming classes.
If you are in need of anything we might be of help with during this time, please do not hesitate to contact us. We thank you for understanding.
The Cedar Rapids Parkinson's Support Group was started in 2006 by a group of volunteers who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease to connect and support one another. The group has grown over the years, adding exercise and wellness programs. In 2017, the Cedar Rapids Metro Parkinson's Association was founded as a non-profit 501c3.
Providing free education, referral, wellness, & support to People With Parkinson's and their Care Partners in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area.
We are stronger together as we move toward a cure.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Seniors are the most vulnerable. Since most people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are in their senior years, the Parkinson’s Foundation wants you to be prepared for COVID-19 and Parkinson’s.
Seniors are most at risk to develop COVID-19 and its symptoms, which can increase the already elevated risk of getting pneumonia. Seniors should strongly consider getting the pneumonia and flu vaccine as soon as possible or speaking about it with their doctor.
In general, viruses spread faster in residential facilities, community housing and assisted living centers. When possible, seniors living in these facilities should avoid communal rooms and sanitize often.
Living with Parkinson’s does not put you at a higher risk of contracting COVID-19, but it does make it harder for you to recover if you contract it. This is because people with PD have slight differences in their immune systems. Respiratory systems become compromised, especially in later stages of PD putting people at high risk from any respiratory illness.
*Read the October 2020 University of Iowa research on COVID-19 case fatality and Parkinson's Disease in the 'PD In The News' section of our website.