The European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) is the only European Parkinson’s disease umbrella organisation. Founded in 1992, we are a non-political, non-religious and non-profit organisation. Representing national Parkinson’s organisations in 36 countries, we advocate for the rights and needs of more than 1.2 million people with Parkinson’s and their families across Europe.
We exist because the facts relating to Parkinson’s in Europe are startling. The disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease (after Alzheimer’s) and the number of people living with the disease is forecast to double by 2030 as the population ages. The current economic impact of the disease is enormous – the annual European cost is estimated at €13.9 billion – yet Parkinson’s is just one of many neurodegenerative disorders, which will surpass cancer as the most common group of medical conditions by 2040.