The Parkinson's Disease Buddy Program

The Parkinson’s Disease Buddy Program is an educational program that pairs first-year medical students with people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. They meet for one day each month over the course of the academic year. The buddies determine their own activities based on mutual interests and preferences. Buddies have met for bowling, fitness classes, meals, arts events and walks in the park etc. There will group outings offered by National Parkinson’s Institute, speeches given by Neurologist Dr. Victoria Holiday and opportunities to become a PD Buddy ambassador.

The program is a collaboration of UofL Physicians — Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, University of Louisville School of Medicine, the National Parkinsons Institute, and Denise Cumberland of the UofL College of Education and Human Development.

The goals of the Parkinson’s Disease Buddy Program are:

Be on the lookout for a list upcoming events to participate in for the Parkinson’s Diseases Buddy Program!

How can you participate in the Buddy Program?

Contact Eric Richardson by phone: 502-550-2754 or by email: admin@nationalparkinsonsinstitute 

Buddy Program Events

2023 Buddy Program Photos

Lunch at Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Game Night