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.

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

*Please Note: Beginning in September, this group will begin meeting in person. Meetings will be limited to 8 attendees, and registration is required. Contact Kelly MacKay to register. Masks will be required at all times, and all participants will be asked to stay at least 6ft apart from one another.*

Temporary Site: Andover Senior Center, Ballard Vale United Church, 23 Clark Road, Andover, MA 01810
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of each month; 1:30 – 2:30 PM (No Meetings Jul. & Aug.)
Register: Kelly MacKay, 978-623-8320
Contact: Kristine Arakelian, LCSW, MPH
Phone: 978-623-8320
Email: karakelian@andoverma.gov

Arlington, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

Whittlemore-Robbins House, 670R Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476
Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 10:00 – 11:15 AM
Contact: Joanne Sliney, BS, RN
Phone: 781-316-3405
Email: jsliney@town.arlington.ma.us

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Ashland, MA

This support group is not meeting in person at this time due to Covid 19 restrictions.  The group is staying connected with news updates provided by the facilitators.

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

Beverly, MA / North Shore

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

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

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

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 / Lewy Body Dementia

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

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

Braintree, MA / Deep Brain Stimulation

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Health South Braintree Rehabilitation Center, 2nd Floor AB Conference Room, 250 Pond Street, Braintree, MA 02184
Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of the Month; 10-11:30 AM
Contact: Keith J. Ciccone, BS, LPN
Phone: 617-733-8120
Email: keciccon@aol.com
Contact: Melissa Diggin, NP
Phone: 339-927-5468
Email: m_diggin@hotmail.com

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

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

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Health South Braintree Rehabilitation Center, 2nd Floor AB Conference Room, 250 Pond Street, Braintree, MA 02184
Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of the Month; 12:30-2:00 PM
Contact: Melissa Diggin, NP
Phone: 339-927-5468
Email: m_diggin@hotmail.com

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Brookline, MA

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Goddard House Assisted Living, 135 Chestnut Street, Brookline, MA 02445
Virtual ZOOM Meeting Time: 1st Wednesday of the month, 2:15 – 3:30 PM
Contact: Bob DePeron, Right at Home Boston Metro West
Phone: 617-597.1500
Email: bob@rahbostonmetro.com

Cambridge, MA

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Youville House Assisted Living, 1573 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of every month, 3 PM
Contact: Youville House Assisted Living, attn: Yanira Burgos
Phone: 617-491-1234
Email: yaniraburgos@youvillehouse.org

Chatham / Harwich / Brewster, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

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

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future beginning September 2020. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Newbury Court, 80 Deaconess Road, Community Room, Concord, MA 01742
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the month, 2-3 PM
Contact: Christine Hobbs, PT
Phone: 978-402-8276
Email: chobbs@newburycourt.org

Concord, NH/ Young Onset

This support group is not meeting in person at this time due to Covid 19 restrictions.  The group is staying connected with news updates provided by the facilitators.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 254 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month; 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Contact: Sheryl Rambikur
Phone: 603-892-2972
Email: sheryl.rambikur@healthsouth.com

Framingham, MA

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

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

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Greenfield, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

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: gle1@comcast.net

Hingham, MA

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

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

Lynnfield, MA

This group will be meeting virtually via Zoom in October, 2020. Contact the facilitator for details.

Lynnfield Senior Center, 525 Salem Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of Each Month, 10 – 11 AM
Contact: Kim Arouth, BSN, RN
Phone: 781-643-6090 Ext. 2202
Email: karouth@thevisitingnurses.com

Lynnfield, MA/ Young Parkinson’s Group

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of Each Month, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Contact: Sonja Vincola, LICSW
Phone: 978-853-8742

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Marshfield, MA

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Marshfield Council of Aging, 230 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA 02050
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 1:00-2:30 PM
Contact: Leslie Vickers, RN, MS
Phone: 617-750-2275
Email: Vickers.Leslie@yahoo.com

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

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. This group also meets for a socially distanced walk outside; please contact facilitator Bethany for more information.

The Up-Island Council on Aging (Howes House), 1042A State Road, West Tisbury, MA 02575
Meeting Time: 2nd Monday of the month, 10:30-11:30 AM
Contact: Bethany Hammond
Phone: (508) 693-2896
Email: coa-outreach@westtisbury-ma.gov
Contact: Lila Fischer, RN
Email: lfischer@gmail.com

Mashpee, MA

This support group is currently on hiatus but will be meeting via Zoom shortly. More information to follow

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: 508-367-4267
Email: jahjackson@comcast.net

Medford, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

Medford Senior Center, 101 Riverside Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 10:30 AM
Contact: Medford Senior Center
Phone: 781-396-6010
Email: pkelly@medford-ma.gov

Methuen, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

Nevins Memorial Library, 305 Broadway, Methuen, MA 01844
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month; 6 – 7:30 PM
Contact: Kathy Sabine
Phone: 978-852-2781
Email: ksabine@vicr.com
(with any questions about the group)
Contact: Tracy J. Pekarski
Phone: 978-686-4080 x 19
Email: tpekarski@nevinslibrary.org
(to register (not required) or with site questions)

Natick, MA/ Women with Parkinson’s and Young Onset Parkinson’s

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Natick Community Center, 117 East Main Street, Natick, MA 01760
Meeting Time: First Saturday of the month; 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact: Liz Brouillard
Phone: 508-251-9404
Email: lizbroui@yahoo.com

Newton, MA / Baby Boomers

This group is currently on hiatus. More details to follow.

Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458
Meeting Time: Monthly Sundays; 2 – 4 PM
Contact: Donna McLaughlin, MSW, LICSW
Phone: 617-515-4408
Email: donnamclaughlinlicsw@gmail.com

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

North Attleboro, MA

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Striking Beauties Fitness Studio, 18 Church Street, North Attleboro, MA 02760
Meeting Time: 3rd Saturday of the Month; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Contact: Nancy Quintin
Phone:508-991-0857
Email: nancyquintin0814@gmail.com
Contact: Dena Paolino
Phone: 617-201-1868
Email: dena@strikingbeauties.com

Peabody, MA / Care Partner Support Group

A new virtual Zoom session of this group begins in September. Click here to see a flyer. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates, 240 Lynnfield Street, Peabody, MA 01960
Contact: Anne Muskopf, MS, OTR/L
Phone: 781-693-5069
Email: amuskopf@jfcsboston.org

Reading, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

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

This group will meet via Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please contact the facilitator for further details.

110 Fitness, 200B Weymouth Street, Conference Room, Rockland, MA 02370
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the month, 11 AM
Contact: Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT
Phone: 781-659-2342
Email: jwright@nvna.org

Rockland, MA / Young Parkinson’s Group

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Leslie Vickers for further details

110 Fitness, 200B Weymouth Street, Conference Room, Rockland, MA 02370
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of the Month, 6 – 7:30 PM
Contact: Leslie Vickers, RN, MS
Phone: 617-750-2275
Email: Vickers.Leslie@yahoo.com

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

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

Scituate, MA

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Leslie Vickers for further details

Scituate Senior Center at Scituate Harbor Community Center, 44 Jericho Road, Scituate, MA 02066
Meeting Time: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact: Leslie Vickers, RN, MS
Phone: 617-750-2275
Email: Vickers.Leslie@yahoo.com

Sharon, MA

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Melissa Shea for further details

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

Southampton, MA / Westfield Region

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Chad Moir for further details

DopaFit Parkinson’s Movement Center, 15 College Highway, Unit C, Southampton, MA 01073
Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of the month, 10 AM – 12 PM
Contact: Chad Moir
Phone: 203-828-7189
Email: cmoir@mydopafit.com

Springfield, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

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

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Sterling, MA

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Joe O’Connor for further details

Sterling Senior Center, 35 Muddy Pond Road, Sterling, MA 01564
Meeting Time: Once monthly Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Contact: Joe O’Connor
Phone: 978-422-6612
Email: northworcparkies@yahoo.com

Waltham, MA / Adult Children of PWP Support Group

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Anne Muskopf for further details

Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Meeting Time: Call for dates/times and to register
Contact: Anne Muskopf, MS, OTR/L
Phone: 781-693-5069
Email: amuskopf@jfcsboston.org

Waltham, MA / Care Partner Support Group

This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Anne Muskopf for further details

Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451
Meeting Time: Call for dates/times and to register
Contact: Anne Muskopf, MS, OTR/L
Phone: 781-693-5069
Email: amuskopf@jfcsboston.org

Wellesley, MA

This support group is currently not meeting due to COVID 19. More information to follow.

Tolles Parsons Center, 500 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02482
Meeting Time: 1st Friday of the Month *No Meeting March 2020*, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Contact: Kate Burnham, LCSW
Phone: 781-235-3961 ext. 6424
Email: kburnham@wellesleyma.gov

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Westborough, MA

This group is meeting via ZOOM weekly. Please contact Tom Olsen for further details.

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

Worcester, MA / Central MA Parkinson’s Support Group

Please Note: This support group will continue meeting via ZOOM for the foreseeable future. Please contact Elizabeth Austin for further details

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

This group is supported by the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter