Support Groups

Joining a support group is a great way to connect with others who understand what you are going through, learn about Parkinson disease and ways to cope with the challenges that come with having PD.

Our support groups are for:

  • People new to PD
  • People who have had PD a long time
  • People with Young Onset of PD
  • People who are caregivers or relatives of those with PD

Some groups meet via zoom and some groups meet at locations across the state. We encourage you to find the one that best meets your needs.

Some groups are specifically for certain people – like care partners or those with young onset Parkinson’s. Others are open to anyone who wishes to attend. A group may invite guest speakers, plan an event or just discuss topics of interest to the participants.

APDA Support Groups

These support groups are led by APDA trained facilitators.

Alton, IL (Madison County)

Monthly 2nd Wednesday at 1:00 pm
Senior Services Plus (Main Building) – (618) 465-3298
2603 N. Rogers Ave.

Care Partners Only
2nd Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm
Senior Services Plus (Main Building) – (618) 465-3298
2603 N. Rogers Ave.


Aurora, IL (Kane County)

Monthly 1st Tuesdays 10:30 am
Rush Copley Heart Institute
2088 Ogden Avenue
Aurora
Contact: Cheryl Rerko 1-630-499-6681

For Care Partners Only
Monthly 3rd Tuesdays 10:30 am

Rush Copley Heart Institute
2088 Ogden Avenue
Aurora
Contact: Cheryl Rerko 1-630-499-6681


Belleville, IL (St. Clair County)

Monthly 3rd Mondays 1:30 pm
SWIC’s Programs and Services For Older Persons (618) 234-4410 ext.7031
Older Adult and Caregiver Counseling Program
201 N. Church St.
Belleville, IL  62220

Care Partners Only
3rd Tuesday of the Month 11:00 am
Southwestern IL College’s Program and Services for Older Persons (618) 234-4410 ext.7031
201 N. Church St.
Belleville, IL 62220


Carbondale, IL (Jackson County)

Monthly 1st Wednesdays 1:00 pm
Prairie Living at Chautauqua – (618)351-7955
955 Villa Ct, West Bldg, 3rd Fl
Carbondale, IL 62901


Carlinville, IL (Macoupin County)

4th Tuesday of the month 11:00 am
Carlinville Area Hospital- (217) 854-3839
20613 N. Broad St.


Champaign, IL (Champaign County)

Weekly Mondays 10:00 am
Savoy United Methodist Church – (217) 352-3993
3002 W. Old Church Road
Champaign, IL 61821


Chicago, IL

Monthly 4th Tuesdays 11:00 am
University of Chicago, virtual Parkinson Disease support group
Contact: Nicole Reidy 1-773-834-1688 or nicole.reidy@uchospitals.edu
Group takes the Summer off and doesn’t meet during June, July and August.
For more information click here.

1st and 3rd Mondays 12:00 pm
University of Chicago, virtual Education and Enrichment Group. This group combines education, enrichment and exercise for those who have Parkinson’s disease. The exercise sessions include dance, yoga, physical therapy and rock steady boxing led by licensed professionals. The educational sessions include a variety of speakers including neurologists Dr. Xie and Dr. Padmanaban, a physical therapist, a speech/swallow therapist and a nutritionist.
Contact: Nicole Reidy 1-773-834-1688 or nicole.reidy@uchospitals.edu
Group takes the Summer off and doesn’t meet during June, July and August.
For more information click here.

2nd Tuesdays 10:00 am
University of Chicago African Americans Living with Parkinson’s Disease virtually over Zoom
Are you interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease (PD) and connecting with others? We work to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment to support and engage with others who are diagnosed with PD and their care partner. Our monthly Parkinson’s group is a great way to receive education and build support.
There is no cost to attend this support group.
Please call 773-834-1688 or email Dr. Reidy at nicole.reidy@uchicagomedicine.org for more information.
This group is facilitated by: Sydney Jackson, MSW, and Dr. Nicole Reidy, LCSW, ICDVP

**New** Thursdays, February 29 – April 4 10:00 – 11:30 am CT
University of Chicago – Virtual Program – Acknowledging Purpose During Adversity
Do you feel a lack of purpose since your Parkinson Disease diagnosis? This support group focuses on identifying loss and lack of purpose since the diagnosis of PD. Each week will focus on different topics, including:
Loss, Grief, and Resiliency
Bad Things Do Happen to Good People
Transforming Trauma into Triumph
Implementing Your Purpose and Strengths
There is no cost to attend this program, however registration is required.
Please call 773-834-1688 or email Nicole Reidy, DSW, at nicole.reidy@uchicagomedicine.org for more information.


Decatur, IL

Monthly 3rd Thursday 1:30 pm
Westminster Church- (217) 428-6603
1380 W. Main
Decatur, IL


Edwardsville, IL (Madison County)

1st Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm
Edwardsville YMCA Niebur Center – (618) 656-0436
1200 Esic Dr.


Glen Ellyn (DuPage County)

Monthly 3rd Mondays 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Movement Revolution Glen Ellyn
3S012 Illinois 53
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Contacts: Daisy Asimakopoulos 312-465-3921 daisy@movement-revolution.com


Glenview (Cook County)

Monthly 2nd Tuesdays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Endeaver Health
Ambulatory Care Center
Hospital Room 3 and F
2180 Pfingsten Rd.
Glenview, IL 60026
Contacts: Toni Pliskin ,MSW, LCSW 847.570.2570 Tplinskin@northshore.org


Greenville, IL (Bound County)

2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm
Bond County Senior Citizens (618) 664-1465
1001 East Harris Ave.


Highland, IL (Madison County)

4th Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm
St. Joseph’s Hospital – Sullivan Conference Room – (618) 651-2600
12866 Troxler Ave.


Jacksonville, IL (Morgan County)

Virtual
1st Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm virtually


Maywood, IL

Monthly 1st Mondays 2:00 pm
Loyola Outpatient Center
2160 S. First Ave., 4th floor Conference Room
Maywood, IL
Check in at Neurology Front Desk
Contact: Isabella Dahlke 512-202-8208 or Isabella.dahlke@abbott.co


Normal, IL (McLean County)

Monthly 3rd Tuesdays 1:00 pm – No meetings in Nov. or Dec.
The Activity and Recreational Center (The ARC)
600 East Willow Street
Normal, Illinois 61761
Contact: Kay Book 1-309-212-6834 or Roger Halleen 309-699-7394 or roghfish@comcast.net


North Utica, IL

Monthly 1st Mondays 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Utica Fire Station
2945 N IL 178
North Utica, IL 61373
Contact: Sue English 815-434-7117 senglish1950@gmail.com


Northbrook, IL

Monthly 2nd and 4th Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Brandel Care Center
2155 Pfingsten Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
Contact: Diane Behnke dbehnke@nssc.org


Northfield, IL

Twice a month Wednesdays 1:00 pm
North Shore Senior Center
161 Northfield Road
Northfeild, IL 60093
Contact: Diane Behnke 847-784-6078


Quincy, IL

Monthly 2nd Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Quincy Library – (217) 223-1309
526 Jersey St.
Quincy, Il 62301


Please be sure to call ahead to confirm schedules.


Other Community Support Groups

Arlington Heights, IL

Korean American Support Group
Monthly 2nd Saturdays 10 am-Noon
Arlington Heights Senior Center)1801 W. Central Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Contact: Sunghee Park, 630-667-3209 or sunghee101@gmail.com


Chicago, IL

Monthly 1st Wednesdays 3:00 pm
Northwestern, This is an virtual/online group. Once registered, you will be given information to join the group.
Contact: movementdisorders@nm.org

For Care Partners Only
Monthly 2nd Wednesdays 2:00 pm

This is a virtual/online group. Once registered, you will be given information to join the group.
Contact: movementdisorders@nm.org


Dixon, IL

Monthly 2nd Thursdays 1:00-2:30 pm
KSB Hospital, Town Square Center
102 S. Hennepin Avenue
Dixon, IL 61021
Use Parking Lot Entrance on 2nd St.
Contact: Megan 815-285-5591 or ahilliard@ksbhospital.com


Effingham, IL 

Monthly last Wednesday 1:00 pm
Effingham Library
200 N 3rd St
Effingham, IL 62401
Contact: Jessica Mottashed 618-322-5478 or jessica.mottashed@hshs.org


Oak Park, IL

Monthly 2nd Saturdays 9:30 am to Noon – No meeting in August
Oak Park Hospital
520 S. Maple Avenue – 2nd Floor
Oak Park, IL 60304
Contact: Lucia Blasucci, RN 312-563-2900  lucia_blasucci@rush.edu


Peoria, IL

Monthly 1st Saturday 1:30-3:30pm *No meetings on Holidays/Holiday Weekends*
OSF Center for Health
5114 N. Glen Park Place
Peoria, IL 61614
Contact: contact@cipdsupportgroup.org


Spring Valley, IL

Monthly 1st Mondays 1:30 – 3:30pm
St. Margaret’s Hospital
600 E. 1st Street
Spring Valley, IL 61362
Contact: 815-434-7114 or mikesue72@sbcglobal.net


Winfield, IL

Monthly 2nd Thursdays 10:30 am
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital
25 North Winfield Road Conference Center, BedTower Conference Room
Winfield, IL 60190
Register at 630.933.4234, Registration is encouraged
Contact: Debra Crystal 630-933-4234 or Debra.crystal@cadencehealth.org

Illinois – Young Onset Support Groups

Peoria, IL

When: Meets 3rd Wednesday at 3:30 pm
Meeting at Panera’s, 2515 W. Lake Street (Westlake), Peoria, IL 60515
Barb Halleen -309.699.7934, peoriapdgroup@comcast.net


Illinois – Exercise Groups

Aurora

When: Tues and Thur at 2:00-3:00pm
Rush Copley Healthplex, 1900 Ogden Avenue, Aurora, IL 60504
Free! Just call 630.978.6280 to register


Chicago, IL

Galter Life Center, 5157 N. Francisco, Chicago, IL 60625
Call for information regarding times and programs and trainers available.
Laura McDonagh – 773.878.9936; Amy Petersen – 773.878.9936


Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
RIC Center for Health and Fitness, 710 N. Lake Shore Drive, 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
NOTE: discounted parking at 321 East Erie.
When calling for info, ask specifically for Parkinson’s exercise classes and fees. Registration required, class size limited.
Carolyn Mueller, Manager 312.238.5001


Naperville, IL

Aqua Parkinson’s/Arthritis at Naperville

Water-based Class –

Therapy Pool Introducing exercise in the early to mid-stages of Parkinson’s has been shown to help improve mobility and possibly delay further impairment, so why not reap the benefits while enjoying the warmth of our Therapy Pool.

MON, WED & FRI 10:30 – 11:30am (60-min class; 10-week Session) Mem: $43.00 Non-Mem: $115.00 Delay the Disease: Exercise for Parkinson’s at 7Bridges Land-based Class – Aerobic Studio Certified

More Information:

Aquatic Classes – (630)646-5905 or Alice.Novotny@EEHealth.org • Land Classes – (630)646-7920 or Daniel.Johnson@EEHealth.org

To Register:

 Aquatic Classes (630)646-5917 or Toni.Kadera@EEHealth.org

 Land Classes (630)646-7913 or Dina.Kuban@EEHealth.org


Lake Forest, IL

Pedaling for Parkinson’s (Stationary bicycle pedaling therapy)
When/Place: Lake Forest location – Tuesday 11am – Noon *Registration is required*
When/Place:Lindenhurst location – Thursday 10:15am to 11am *Registration is required*
Call Rehabilitative Services Dept. 847-535-8060

Additional programs include:

  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • Parkinson’s Support Group
  • Strength & Balance
  • Stride & Strength
  • TRX for Parkinson’s
  • Yoga for Parkinson’s

Orland Park, IL

When: Parkinson Disease exercise class – Weekly on Friday at 11:00 – 11:45am.
Orland Park/Palos Park Health and Fitness Center, 15430 West Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462
Pre-registration required at 708.226.0555.


Rockford, IL

Pedaling for Parkinson’s – No Fee
Riverfront YMCA
M-W-F 11:30-12:15
815-489-1252

Knock Out Parkinson’s
K.O.P.Inc.
Core Combat Sports
Loves Park, IL
Tommy: 815-708-8751


Roscoe, IL

Location: Roscoe YMCA
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:15am-12:00pm
Cost: Free for members and non-members
Contact: For more information contact Erin, 815.623.5858, or email at: escott@statelineymca.org 


Woodridge, IL


Delay the Disease® instructor will help improve quality of life with exercises that incorporate joint strength, range of motion, balance, coordination, and neurological training.

WED 11:30am – 12:15pm (45-minute class; 8-week Session) Mem: $60.00 Non-Mem: $114.00

Parkinson’s Cycle at 7Bridges Land-based Class – Children’s Multipurpose Room Program follows parameters set forth in Cleveland Clinic study that revealed an increase in brain activity and reduction in Parkinson’s symptoms after performing a specific cycling protocol.

TUE and/or THU 10:00 – 11:00am (1-hour class; 8-week Session) Mem: $80 or $144 Non-Mem: $152 or $273.60

 Parkinson’s Cardio Circuit Training at 7Bridges Land-based Class – Basketball Court A rigorous and challenging program to take participants past their comfort zone and improve motor control and delay the progression of symptoms.

WED 12:30 – 1:00pm (30-minute class; 8-week Session) Mem: $40.00 Non-Mem: $76.00

 Knockout Parkinson’s at 7Bridges Land-based Class – Basketball Court & Boxing Area/Track Certified Rock Steady Boxing® instructor leads a non-contact boxing and circuit training-based curriculum proven to be neuro-protective and delay progression of symptoms!

WED 12:30 – 1:30pm (1-hour class; 8-week Session) Mem: $80.00 Non-Mem: $152.00

Parkinson’s Triple Threat at 7Bridges Land-based Class – Children’s Multipurpose Room & Boxing Area/Track Increase exercise intensity & heart rate to increase the neurotransmitter dopamine with 20-minute segments each of cycling, boxing, and weight training.

TUE and/or THU 6:00 – 7:30pm (1.5-hour class; 8-week Session) Mem: $120 or $216 Non-Mem: $228 or $410.40

Parkinson’s Yoga at 7Bridges Land-based Class – Adult Multipurpose Room Yoga postures, breath techniques, and guided visualization to support those who live with PD, or other chronic progressive movement disorders. Class is practiced mainly on a chair – yoga mat recommended.

THU 11:45am – 12:45pm (1-hour class; 8-week Session) Mem: $84.00 Non-Mem: $192.00 For

More Information:

Aquatic Classes – (630)646-5905 or Alice.Novotny@EEHealth.org

Land Classes – (630)646-7920 or Daniel.Johnson@EEHealth.org

To Register:

Aquatic Classes (630)646-5917 or Toni.Kadera@EEHealth.org

Land Classes (630)646-7913 or Dina.Kuban@EEHealth.org

Indiana Community Support Groups

Evansville, IN

Second Wednesday of the month 6-8P.M.
Location: 5130 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47715
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
Contact:  (812) 477-7816


Goshen, IN

Monthly 4th Thursday 10am
Greencroft Senior Center, 1820 Greencroft Blvd., Goshen, IN 46526
Contact: 574-537-4000


Merrillville, IN

For information, call 219-738-4926
Southlake Campus, Pavilion B, 1st Floor Conference Room, 200 E. 89th Ave, Merrillville
12 noon to 1:30 pm • The third Monday of every month.


 Munster, IN

Second Wednesday Monthly 1-3pm
Board Room Second floor –901 MacArthur Blvd., Munster, IN 46321
Andrea Dance – 219-663-5953, andreaaha222@sbcglobal.net


Warsaw, IN

2nd Friday of the month at 6:30pm-7:30P.M
Warsaw Parkinson’s, Support Group Kosciusko Community Hospital, 2101 Dubois Drive Warsaw, IN 46580, The Administration Building                                                                             Pam: 1-574-370-5709


West Lafayette, IN

Meeting: On the third Thursday most months from 5-6
BoxFit Lafayette when we are back to being in person. The address is 3540 SR 38 E, Suite 202, Lafayette, IN 47905.
Jessica Huber – 765-494-3796, jhuber@purdue.edu
Sandy Snyder at 765-494-6488

Indiana – Young Onset Support Groups

Indianapolis, IN

Monthly, 4th Thursdays, 6:30-8pm
Young Parkinsons of Indiana
Allisonville Christian Church, 7701 N. Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240
Paula Tomlin – 317-570-0545, ptomlin3@comcast.net


Indiana – Exercise Classes

Fort Wayne, IN


Ft.Wayne Parkinson’s Exercise Group
Turnstone Center, 3320 N. Clinton Street, Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
Contact – 260-483-2100

Rock Steady Boxing

Rock Steady Boxing combines non-contact boxing with group fitness and focuses on building strength, power, flexibility and confidence. This class is specifically for those who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. It is designed to delay the symptoms that come along with Parkinson’s and have fun while doing it. The mission of Rock Steady Boxing is to empower people with Parkinson’s disease to fight back. Located in the new Rock Steady Boxing group exercise room. Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday & Thursday 3-4:30 p.m.


Munster, IN

Rock Steady Boxing

Contact: 219-924-5348

Boxing for Parkinson’s

Dancing for Parkinson’s

Delay the Disease

Yoga for Parkinson Disease

Contact: 219-237-2342


Schererville, IN

Dizziness, Balance, and Neuro Center

Contact: 219-836-5381


West Lafayette, IN

2741 North Salisbury Street, IN 47906


Rock Steady Boxing:

An innovative program for those with Parkinson’s disease

Contact: 1-765-771-7200


For more information or if you have additions, deletions, or edits, please call APDA Illinois Chapter 708-329-9527 or email us at apdail@apdaparkinson.org.

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