Support Groups

Connect with and learn from experiences of others

Why Visit a Support Group?

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 sponsors a large number of these support groups across the state of Oregon and in Southwest Washington. Some groups focus on open sharing meetings, while other 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!

Benefits of joining a support group include:

  • New friendships
  • Advice for daily living
  • Reduced isolation
  • Greater acceptance of life with PD
  • Reduced stress

Find a Support Group

No One Has to Face Parkinson's Alone

Just as every person is different, support groups vary in format, group dynamics, and topics discussed. We also have a number of specialty groups for carepartners, newly diagnosed, and young onset.

Support group format varies depending on what group members and the facilitator(s) decide best suit the group’s needs. Some groups focus meetings around member sharing and support; while other groups invite educational speakers. Many groups operate as a mix of both. All groups in the PRO network adhere to guidelines to ensure a quality experience that respects individual experience and upholds confidentiality.

What They Say

"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

"Having the PRO Women's Tele-Support group provides an accessible gift of friendship and connection to other women with PD who can relate. It's a safe place to talk; women are encouraged to share openly about their experience while exchanging wisdom on what works for them in managing Parkinson's. Also, I always find a layer of humor during our meetings that lifts our spirits!"

Michelle, YOPD

"Being a facilitator for the Coos County PD Support Group has really lifted my heart, and given me more compassion and understanding of this disease. I look forward to our monthly meetings to greet everyone, see their smiles, and know we have a loving PD family."

Julie, Support Group Facilitator & Care Partner

Start a support group

Volunteer in your community

Support groups at PRO are  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, administrative support, as well as ongoing training opportunities to ensure the best possible environment for the group. If you live in a community that does not have a local support group listed, please call Jess to discuss ways to get one started! 800-426-6806

Start a support group

volunteer in your community

Support groups at PRO are  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, administrative support, as well as ongoing training opportunities to ensure the best possible environment for the group. If you live in a community that does not have a local support group listed, please call Jess to discuss ways to get one started! 800-426-6806