Support Groups

About Support Groups

How a support group can help you

Participating in a support group is a wonderful way to receive practical information and education on living with Parkinson’s disease. More importantly, members receive the support of others who truly understand.

APDA Support Group Leaders

All groups welcome new members. Each group is unique. Some have recently formed; others have been meeting for years. Some meet bi-weekly, others monthly. There are groups for individuals who are family caregivers. There are also groups for individuals diagnosed at a young age or with conditions that share similarities to parkinsonism or Parkinson’s disease, including Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP), Multi Systems Atrophy (MSA) and Diffuse Lewy Body Dementia (DLB).

Some groups are organized and operated by the group members. Many receive guidance and support from social workers, nurses, psychologists, or other healthcare professionals.

The Massachusetts Chapter and APDA Information & Referral Center are committed to the ongoing development and assistance of support groups in Massachusetts. If you are interested in learning more about a specific group please call 617-638-8466 or 800-651-8466.

There are areas in the state that do not have nearby support groups. If you or someone you know is interested in helping to organize a group, please call the I & R Center and we will get you on the way to facilitating a successful group!

 

Support Groups in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Be sure to confirm the group’s meeting time with the group contact.

Andover, MA

Andover Senior Center, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 1:30-3 PM; no meetings July and August
Contact: Kristine Arakelian
Phone: 978-623-8321
Email: karakelian@andoverma.gov

Ashland, MA

Ashland Senior Center, 162 West Union Street, Ashland, MA 01721
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30-3 PM; no meetings July and August
Contact: Jim Bartley
Phone: 508-881-8507
Email: jim@bartley.com
Contact: Al Ferzoco
Phone: 508-376-2238
Email: alex@safetysignal.com

Attleboro / Southeastern MA (SEMA)

Community VNA, 10 Emory Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 AM
Contact: Gretchen Robinson
Phone: 508-226-2910
Email: whistling.girl2910@gmail.com

Attleboro, MA Friends & Family (Caregivers)

Brookdale Attleboro, 100 Garfield Avenue, Attleboro, MA 02703
Meeting Time: 4th Saturday of the month, 10 AM
Contact: Gretchen Robinson
Phone: 508-226-2910
Email: whistling.girl2910@gmail.com

Beverly, MA / North Shore

Beverly Council on Aging, 90 Colon Street, Beverly, MA 01905
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of the month, 1-3 PM
Contact: Ray James, BS, RN
Phone: 617-638-7745
Email: rcjames@bu.edu

Note: Some meetings may not be held on the 2nd Monday of the month, please contact the Beverly Council on Aging to confirm meeting dates.

Boston, MA / Deep Brain Stimulation

Boston University Medical Center, 88 East Newton Street, Conference Room C-D, Boston, MA 02118
Meeting Time: Saturdays, FEB 3, MAR 3, APR 7, MAY 5, no meeting JUN, JUL, & AUG, SEP 8, OCT 6, NOV 3, DEC 1, 2018; 10-11:30 AM
Contact: Keith J. Ciccone
Email: keciccon@aol.com
Contact: Melissa Diggin, NP
Phone: 339-927-5468
Email: m_diggin@hotmail.com

Boston, MA / Lewy Body Dementia

Sherrill House, 135 S Huntington Avenue, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 6-8 PM
Contact: Victoria Ruff
Phone: 617-710-0136
Email: octoryrose@yahoo.com

Boston, MA / Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, & Corticobasal Degeneration

Boston University Medical Center, Conference Room C, 2nd Floor, 88 East Newton Street, Boston, MA 02118
Meeting Time: Saturdays, April 7, May 5, Sept. 8, Oct. 6, Nov. 3; 12:30-2:00 PM
Contact: Melissa Diggin, NP
Phone: 339-927-5468
Email: m_diggin@hotmail.com

Bourne, MA / Cape Cod

Bourne Council on Aging, 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 1:30-3:00 PM
Contact: Ellen Weinlich, LICSW
Phone: 774-487-0530

Cambridge, MA

Youville House Assisted Living, 1573 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 3 PM
Contact: Kim Arouth
Phone: 781-396-2633 ext. 205
Email: karouth@gmvna.com
Contact: Youville House Assisted Living, attn: Ildiko Szabo
Phone: 617-491-1234
Email: ildikoszabo@youvillehouse.org

Chatham / Harwich / Brewster, MA

Saint Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 625 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 10-11 AM
Contact: Betty Magnusson
Phone: 508-945-1106
Email: magnulbch@gmail.com

Concord, MA

Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Road, Community Room, Concord, MA 01742
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the month, 2-3 PM
Contact: APDA Information & Referral Center
Phone: 800-651-8466
Email: apdama@apdaparkinson.org

Dartmouth, MA

Dartmouth Senior Center, 628 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth, MA 02742
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 1-3 PM
Contact: Miles Mulman
Phone: 617-291-3991
Email: milesm@seniorhelpers.com

Framingham, MA

Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702
Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:30-3 PM
Contact: Lisa Ushkurnis, LICSW
Phone: 508-532-5980 ext.2

Greenfield, MA

Baystate Franklin Medical Center, 164 High Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 2-4 PM
Contact: Garry Earles
Phone: 413-863-4128
Email: glel@comcast.net

Hingham, MA

Hingham Senior Center, 224 Central Street, Hingham, MA 02403
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of the month, 11 am- 12 PM
Contact: Leslie Vickers, RN, MS
Phone: 617-750-2275
Email: Vickers.Leslie@yahoo.com

Lexington, MA

Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA 02421
Meeting Time: 4th Tuesday of the month, 1-2 PM
Contact: Alicia Grunes, RN
Phone: 781-698-4847
Email: agrunes@lexingtonma.gov

Lynnfield, MA/ Young Parkinson’s Group

Centre Congregational Church, Fireside Room, 5 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of Each Month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Contact: Sonja Vincola, LICSW
Phone: 978-853-8742

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Marshfield, MA

Marshfield Council of Aging, 230 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA 02050
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 1-2 PM
Contact: Paul Flynn
Phone: 781-635-2400
Contact: Mark Hurley
Phone: 781-254-2738
Email: fishwizard83@yahoo.com

Martha’s Vineyard / West Tisbury, MA / Vineyard Isle Caregivers

The Up-Island Council on Aging (Howes House), 1042A State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 10:30-11:30 AM
Contact: Ellen Reynolds, MSW
Phone: 508-693-2896

Martha’s Vineyard / West Tisbury, MA / Vineyard Isle Parkinsonians (VIPs)

The Up-Island Council on Aging (Howes House), 1042A State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of the month, 10-11:30 AM
Contact: Ken Beebe
Phone: 508-693-3497
Email: kenb44@aol.com

Mashpee, MA

Mashpee Council on Aging, 26 Frank E. Hicks Drive, Mashpee, MA 02649
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 10-11:30 AM
Contact: Jeanne Jackson
Phone: 508-428-7994
Email: jahjackson@comcast.net

Medford, MA

Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Meeting Time: 1st Wednesday of the month, 10:30 AM
Contact: Medford Senior Center
Phone: 781-396-6010
Email: medfordcoa@verizon.net

Methuen, MA

Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month; 6 – 7:30 PM
Contact: Julia Huestis
Phone: 857-221-2460
Email: lowelljulia@msn.com
(for questions, concerns, suggestions, etc.)
Contact: Tracy J. Pekarski
Phone: 978-686-4080 x 19
Email: tpekarski@nevinslibrary.org
(to register (not required) or with site questions)

For more information about meeting times and speakers for the Methuen support group, click here.

Milton, MA

Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA 02186
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 1-2 PM
Contact: Leslie Vickers, RN, MS
Phone: 617-750-2275
Email: Vickers.Leslie@yahoo.com

Newburyport, MA

Newburyport Senior Center, 331 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 12-2 PM
Contact: Andrew Mungo
Phone: 978-462-0282 or 978-518-9143
Email: portmovies@aol.com

Newton, MA / Baby Boomers

Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458
Meeting Time: Monthly Sundays, 2-4 PM
Contact: Sarah Singer, LICSW
Phone: 617-323-0574
Email: boomerpd@gmail.com

Newton / Wellesley, MA

The Falls at Cordingly Dam, 2300 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02462
Meeting Time: 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Contact: Niki Sinopoli, LICSW
Phone: 617-903-0076
Email: niki@nextstepeldercare.com

Orleans, MA / Cape Cod

Orleans COA, 150 Rock Harbor Road, Rooms B-C, Orleans, MA 02653
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 10 AM-12 PM
Contact: Gail Glanville
Phone: 508-255-7774
Email: gpglanville@comcast.net

Reading, MA

Reading Senior Center, 49 Pleasant Street, Reading, MA 01867
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1:30- 2:30 PM
Contact: Kathy Hill, PT
Phone: 781-608-0557
Email: khillma@msn.com

Rockland, MA – Care Partners Support Group

110 Fitness, 200B Weymouth Street, Rockland, MA 02370
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 11 AM
Contact: 110 Fitness
Phone: 781-616-3313
Email: bmiller@110fitness.org

Salem, NH

Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital, 70 Butler Street, Salem, NH 03079
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month, 11 AM
Contact: Sarah Ellis, OT/L
Phone: 603-681-3241

Sharon, MA

Sharon Adult Center, 219 Massapoag Avenue, Sharon, MA 02067
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the month, 1-2:30 PM
Contact: Susan Edinger, LICSW
Phone: 781-784-8000
Email: sedinger@townofsharon.org

Southwick, MA / Westfield Region

American Inn, 796 College Highway (Route 202 & 10), Southwick, MA 01077
Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10-11:30 AM
Contact: Mike & Susanna
Phone: 571-220-3103

Springfield, MA

Jewish Community Center, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108
Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of each month, 10:30 AM, SEP – JUN
Contact: Joyce Dupont
Phone: 413-323-4274
Email: JdupontB@aol.com

Stoneham, MA Circle of Friends Support Group

Stoneham Senior Center, 136 Elm Street, Stoneham, MA 02180
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Contact: Howard Porter
Phone: 781-438-0326

Sturbridge / Fiskdale, MA

Sturbridge/Fiskdale Senior Center, 480 Main Street, Fiskdale, MA 01518
Meeting Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month, 1 PM
Contact: Sturbridge/Fiskdale Senior Center
Phone: 508-347-7575

Tewksbury, MA

Tewksbury Senior Center, 175 Chandler Street, Tewksbury, MA 01876
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the month, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Contact: Barry
Phone: 978-640-4480
Contact: Pat King
Phone: 978-851-9478

Waltham, MA

Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 3rd Floor Board Room, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of September, December, March, June; 10:30 AM-12 PM
Contact: Nancy Mazonson, MS, OTR/L
Phone: 781-693-5069
Email: nmazonson@jfcsboston.org

Westborough, MA

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 West Main Street, Westborough, MA 01581
Meeting Time: Meets weekly on Fridays, 10:30 AM-12 PM
Contact: Tom Olson
Phone: 508-614-9135
Email: Contact@wpdsg.org

Williamstown, MA / Berkshires

651 Henderson Road, Williamstown, MA 01267
Meeting Time: Last Friday of the month, 1 PM
Contact: Marcia Gross
Phone: 413-458-8427
Email: lhgross@roadrunner.com

Wilmington, MA

Windsor Place of Wilmington, 92 West Street, Wilmington, MA 01887
Meeting Time: 4th Thursday of the month, 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Contact: Kim Arouth
Phone: 781-369-2633 ext. 205
Email: karouth@gmvna.com

Worcester, MA / Central MA Parkinson’s Support Group

Saint Vincent Hospital, 123 Summer Street, Room 581 North, Worcester, MA 01608
Meeting Time: 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Contact: Elizabeth Austin, PsyD
Phone: 508-755-2056
Email: elizabeth@etaustin.com

Yarmouth, MA

Yarmouth Senior Center, 528 Forest Road, West Yarmouth, MA 02673
Meeting Time: Last Thursday of the month, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Contact: Ellen Weinlich, LICSW
Phone: 774-487-0530

 

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