|We hear time and time again that getting involved with a support group is one of the most beneficial actions someone can take when looking for resources to cope with Parkinson's disease. Please click here for a list of meetings!
There is no charge to attend any PRO sponsored support group, but we do ask that you please call the listed facilitator ahead of time to confirm meeting time and location before you attend your first meeting. If you have any questions about these groups, or would like a suggestion for a group to best meet your needs, please call Anna at 503/594-0901 or 1/800-426-6806.
Why visit a support group?
Our support groups are not "group therapy." In essence, our groups are a gathering of peers whose lives have been touched by Parkinson's to share information, provide mutual support, and talk about coping skills. It's a safe place to get together with people who understand. Members not only talk about challenges but also victories and helpful discoveries.
Parkinson's Resources of Oregon sponsors a large number of these support groups across the state of Oregon and in Southern Washington. Each one is coordinated by a volunteer facilitator, or group of co-facilitators, who usually have personal experience and knowledge of Parkinson's disease. Facilitators receive special one-on-one orientation and help, as well as ongoing training opportunities through Parkinson's Resources to help provide the best possible environment for the group.
Just as every person is different, every support group is different with variations in meeting format, group dynamics, and topics discussed. We also have a number of specialty groups for carepartners, newly diagnosed, and young onset. Some groups focus on open sharing meetings, while some groups invite educational speakers, and many do a combination of both. It's also ok to "sample" or be a regular member of more than one group!
If you live in a community that does not have a local support group listed, please call Anna to discuss ways to get one started! 800-426-6806
"I wasn't sure I was the kind of person who needed a support group - I've always handled things on my own. But from the first time I walked in the door, I found a new sense of peace and acceptance. I look forward to monthly meetings, and now realize that my participation is as much about what I am able to give as it is about what I take."
- Mike, diagnosed 2002