The main objectives of MPDA are:
- To promote educational and emotional support to people with Parkinson's and their families
- To promote self-management of their Parkinson's condition by patients and their families, consistent with the best medical advice
- To facilitate the provision of suitable professional help and advice to people with Parkinson and their families
Any person interested in furthering the objectives of the Association of at least 18 years of age, residing or working in Malaysia is eligible for ordinary membership on payment of an Annual Membership Fee. There are four different classes of membership:
- People with Parkinson's
How can MPDA help you?
Consistent with its objectives, MPDA provides the following educational and support services:
Health education for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers
Generally, the Malaysian public knows very little about Parkinson's Disease. Thus, people with Parkinson's are often anxious and scared when doctors tell them that they have Parkinson's. Some of them think that they will get paralyzed very soon.
We educate people with Parkinson's and their caregivers about Parkinson's so that they can understand and cope with the various aspects of the illness. We also give up-to-date and reliable information on the various health services available in Malaysia for people with Parkinson's/caregivers, some example are: physiotherapy, home visits, medications and brain surgery.
Moral support for people with Parkinson's and their caregivers
Parkinson's results in significant mental distress to both the patients and their caregivers. The MPDA is a place where people with Parkinson's and caregivers share their experience and knowledge with each other. People with Parkinson's help and give moral support to each other to cope with the illness. Most importantly, experienced patients/caregivers are the best councilors to newly diagnosed Parkinson's patients and their caregivers. By becoming members of MPDA, people with Parkinson's will know that they are not alone.