What is the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas?
The Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) was formally recognized as a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in 2002 with a mission “to serve as a resource for individuals and their families affected by Parkinson’s disease in the Carolinas, through education, community outreach and direct support”.
The overarching goal for the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas (PAC) is to help support people with Parkinson’s disease throughout North and South Carolina, so that they can remain independent and stay active in the community, until a cure is found. The organization uses their resources and expertise to support, educate and empower those impacted by the Disease. They give patients the tools needed to better manage the Disease and to allow them to maintain the highest quality of life, for as long as possible.
What types of programs and services does PAC offer?
Our programs and services provide people with Parkinson’s disease and their families with the tools needed to manage the Disease. PAC currently does this in the following ways:
- We maintain a website and distribute an electronic monthly newsletter in addition to a printed newsletter three times a year, which include educational items about the Disease, community resources, support group meetings, and a variety of other topics.
- We offer a toll-free resource line, answered by a Program Assistant, for individuals seeking information about Parkinson’s disease and details about resources in their area.
- We create and strengthen opportunities for a peer-to-peer support network for patients and care partners to give and receive emotional and practical support to others who are in the same situation.
- We assist over 70 support group leaders throughout North and South Carolina to design and facilitate meetings that are in-line with the needs of those who participate.
- We maintain a speakers bureau of individuals and organizations who are willing to speak to patients, care partners or large support groups about the challenges that patients encounter during their journey with the Disease.
- We partner with several major medical centers and other organizations to offer educational symposiums for patients and their families.
- We provide movement therapy programs such as Gentle Yoga.