National Parkinson Foundation North Florida
The North Florida Chapter was originally formed and incorporated under the name of the North Florida Parkinson Awareness Group, Inc., (NFPAG) on November 19, 2005. NFPAG was founded around the nucleus of a few people with Parkinson’s who learned that singing was beneficial to retention of voice strength and volume. They soon realized, perhaps even more importantly, the bonds of friendship which remain strong today. The choir has grown from approximately five to twenty under the expert instruction of interns from The Florida State University Music Therapy program. The choir learns four new programs a year which they perform in care centers and various venues in the area.
NFPAG renewed the affiliation with NPF in July of 2011 and officially changed its name to the National Parkinson Foundation North Florida, Inc. NPFNF is continuing to grow and is recognized as an important support for those challenged by PD. In cooperation with the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Parkinson’s Center, approximately 400 people living with Parkinson’s are being served locally – though estimates range over 700 live with PD in this area. As the leading community resource for Parkinson disease in the area, the Chapter is committed to serving the Parkinson community with services, information, education, and support. The North Florida Chapter provides peer-led support groups and educational programs. These support groups provide access to information and interaction that otherwise would not be available.
“To provide support, information, education, and advocacy for all people with Parkinson Disease and their caregivers, family and friends and promote awareness throughout the area“.