Support Groups

About Support Groups

Please find information about support groups in Massachusetts below. This listing is broken into groups for people with Parkinson’s and families and groups for care partners. Please contact the group facilitator if you have any questions about a particular group.

If you would like guidance in finding a group that may be a good match for you, please reach out to the APDA Information and Referral Center at BUMC at 617-638-8466 or toll-free at 800-651-8466.

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!

Find Support Groups for People with Parkinson’s in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

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

Andover, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
The Robb Center, 30 Whittier Court, Andover, MA 01810
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of each month; 1:30 – 3:00 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 meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Temporary Meeting Location: Arlington Senior Center, Arts and Crafts Room, 27 Maple Street, Arlington, MA 02476
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of the month, 11:00 – 12:15 PM
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 meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
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: Al Ferzoco
Phone: 508-376-2238
Email: alex@safetysignal.com

Attleboro, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Sweet Community House, 44 Peck Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 12 – 2 PM
Contact: Nicole Szeliga
Phone: 508-222-7422
Email: nszeliga@attleboroymca.org

Beverly, MA / North Shore

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Beverly Council on Aging, 90 Colon Street, Beverly, MA 01905
Meeting Time: 2nd Friday 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 Friday of the month, please contact Ray James to confirm meeting dates.

Boston, MA / Lewy Body Dementia

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
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

Brockton, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Brockton Council on Aging, 10 Father Kenney Way, Brockton, MA 02301 (Temporarily meeting at Shaw’s Center, 1 Feinberg Way, Brockton, during renovations)
Meeting Time: 4th Friday of the month; 1 -2 PM
Contact: Brockton Council on Aging
Phone: 508-580-7811

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

Cambridge, MA

This support group meets in-person and via Zoom. Contact the facilitator for more information.
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

Cape Cod Virtual Support Group

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of the Month, 10:00 – 11:15 AM
Register: Click here to register
Contact: APDA Information & Referral Center
Phone: 800-651-8466
Email: apdama@apdaparkinson.org

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

Chatham / Harwich / Brewster, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
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 meets via hybrid model (in-person as well as via Zoom). Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Newbury Court, 100 Deaconess Road, Great Room, Concord, MA 01742
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the month, Educational Presentation 2-3 PM (In-Person & via Zoom)
3rd Monday of the month, 2-3 PM Carepartner discussions; 3 – 4 PM people with Parkinson’s discussion (via Zoom only)
Contact: Liz Lyng
Phone: 978-402-8205
Email: elyng@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

Dartmouth, MA

This group meets in-person. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Dartmouth Council on Aging, 628 Dartmouth Street, Dartmouth, MA 02748
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month; 1 – 2:30 PM
Contact: Donna Valente (for questions about the group and registration)
Phone: 617-899-1892
Email: davalente@comcast.net
Contact: Dartmouth Council on Aging (Location questions)
Phone: 508-999-4717

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

Deep Brain Stimulation

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
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

Falmouth, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Town of Falmouth Gus Canty Community Center, Room 1, 790 Main Street, Falmouth, MA 02540
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the month, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Contact: Barbara Fagan, LPN
Phone: 508-274-3917
Email: barbarajfagan@comcast.net
Contact: Marleen Spengler, MBA, BS, RN, GERO-BC
Email: m_spengler@yahoo.com

This group is supported by the Parkinson Support Network of Cape Cod, a Branch of the American Parkinson Disease Association MA Chapter

Framingham, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702
Meeting Time: 1st Tuesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:30 PM – ZOOM Meeting
3rd Tuesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:30 PM – Onsite Meeting
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 meets in-person. Contact Jayne for more information.
Franklin County YMCA, 451 Main Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
Meeting Time: 4th Tuesday of the month, 11am – 12:30pm
Contact: Jayne
Phone: 413-773-3646
Email: jtrosin@your-y.org

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

Hingham, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Hingham Senior Center, 224 Central Street, Hingham, MA 02043-2759
Meeting Time: 4th Monday of Each Month, 11 AM– 12 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

Lynnfield, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Lynnfield Senior Center, 525 Salem Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of Each Month, 10 – 11 AM
Contact: Mary Ann Barry
Phone: 781-960-7027
Email: mbarry@thevisitingnurses.com

Manchester, NH

This group meets via hybrid model (in-person as well as via Zoom). Please contact the facilitator for more information. 
Elliot at River’s Edge, First Floor Conference Room, 185 Queen City Avenue, Manchester, NH 03101
Meeting Time: 3rd Wednesday of the Month; 3:30 – 4:30 PM
Contact: Michele Howe, PT
Phone: 603-663-7010
Email: mhowe@elliot-hs.org

Marion, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Location: Marion Council on Aging, 465 Mill Street, Marion, MA 02738
Meeting Time: 1st Monday of the Month; 1 – 2 PM
Contact: Sue Griffith
Email: sgriffith@marionma.gov
Contact: Marion Council on Aging
Phone: 508-748-3570

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

Marlborough, MA

This group meets weekly in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Marlborough Senior Center, 40 New Street, Marlborough, MA 01752
Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 AM
Contact: Jim Joubert
Phone: 508-523-3593

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

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator 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: Susan Merrill
Phone: (508) 693-2896
Email: coa-outreach@westtisbury-ma.gov
Contact: Lila Fischer, RN
Email: lfischer@ihimv.org

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

Medford, MA

This support group is currently rebuilding. Please contact the Senior Center if you are interested in attending.
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

Monterey, MA/Southern Berkshire Parkinson Support Group

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Monterey Town Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey, MA 01245
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the month, 2 – 4 PM
Contact: Lin Saberski, Town of Monterey Council on Aging
Phone: (413) 528-1443 (ext. 247)
Contact: Richard Pargament
Phone: 413-528-2492

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

Newton, MA

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Right at Home Boston Metro West, 1191 Chestnut Street, Newton, MA 02464 – Partnering with LifeCare Advocates and Anna Pollard, LICSW, Clinical Director
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

North Attleboro, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
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

Northborough, MA/Early Onset Parkinson’s Support Group

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
*This group is designed for people with Parkinson’s of any age who were diagnosed before they were 55 years old*
Northborough Free Library, 1st Floor Conference Room, 34 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532
Meeting Time: Every other Tuesday, 10 – 11 AM
Contact: Neil Towler
Phone: 508-414-8385
Email: neiltowler@gmail.com

Northampton, MA Support Group

This support group meets in-person. Contact the HRYMCA for more information.
Hampshire Regional YMCA, Studio 1, Northampton, MA 01060
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the Month, 2:15-3:15 PM
Contact: HRYMCA – Lynne Zusi
Phone: 413-584-7086
Email: lynne.zusi@hrymca.org

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

Northampton, MA/Young Onset Parkinson’s Support Group

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
*This group is designed for people with Parkinson’s of any age who were diagnosed before they were 55 years old*
Atkinson Family Practice, 6 Hatfield Road, Northampton, MA 01060
Meeting Time: 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10:00 -11:30 AM
Contact: Debra Ellis, MSPT, NCS
Phone: 413-695-6069
Email: deb@debellispt.com

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

Orleans, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Orleans Senior Center, 150 Rock Harbor Road, Orleans, MA 02653
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the Month, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Contact: Hilary
Phone: 860-214-5615

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

Plymouth, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Plymouth Public Library, Main Branch, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
Meeting Time: 3rd Thursday of the Month, 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Contact: Janet Enos, MS, ED, CPT
Phone: 508-728-2088
Email: janoots61@gmail.com

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

Reading, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Reading Senior Center, 49 Pleasant Street, Reading, MA 01867
Meeting Time: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 1 – 2 PM
Contact: Kathy Hill, PT
Phone: 781-608-0557
Email: khillma@msn.com

Rockland, MA / South Shore

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
110 Fitness, 200B Weymouth Street, Conference Room, Rockland, MA 02370
Meeting Time: 2nd Thursday of the month; 1 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

Scituate, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Scituate Senior Center, 333 First Parish Road, Scituate, MA 02066
Meeting Time: 3nd Thursday of the Month; 1-2 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

Springfield, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Springfield JCC, Adult Lounge, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the Month, 1 – 2:30 PM
Contact: Liz Martin & Corrie Trattner
Email: springfieldparkinsonsgroup@gmail.com

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

Sterling, MA

This group meets via hybrid model (in-person as well as via Zoom). Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Sterling Senior Center, 36 Muddy Pond Road, Sterling, MA 01564
Meeting Time: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Contact: Joe O’Connor
Phone: 978-422-6612
Email: northworcparkies@yahoo.com

Virtual Women with Parkinson’s and Young Onset Parkinson’s

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Meeting Time: First Saturday of the month; 11 AM – 12 PM
Contact: Liz Brouillard
Phone: 508-251-9404
Email: lizbroui@gmail.com

New APDA MA Virtual Support Group

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the month, 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Contact: Sonja Vincola, LICSW
Phone: 978-853-8742

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

Westborough, MA

This group meets in-person weekly. Please contact the group for more information.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 183 West Main Street, Westborough, MA 01581
Meeting Time: Meets weekly on Fridays, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Facilitators: Tom Olson & Chip Feazel
Contact: RoseMary Morrissey
Phone: 508-898-9313
Email: wpdsg23@gmail.com

Worcester, MA

This group meets in-person. Please contact the group for more information.
UMass Memorial in Worcester – For more location details please contact the facilitator
Meeting Time: 4th Monday of the month (except May); 2-3 PM
Contact: Kelly
Phone: 508-735-9889
Email: pdsupport@umassmemorial.org

Young Parkinson’s Group

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.
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

Find Support Groups for Care Partners & Family Members in Massachusetts

APDA Virtual Care Partners Group

This group meets virtually twice monthly (2nd Thursday of the month & 4th Wednesday of the month). Registration takes place online.

Dates & Times: 4th Wednesday of the month, 1:00 – 2:15 PM; 2nd Thursday of the month, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Register: Click here to register online
Contact: Sarah Singer
Email: singer.sarah.j@gmail.com

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

Monterey, MA/Southern Berkshire Parkinson Support Group

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.

Monterey Town Library, 452 Main Road, Monterey, MA 01245
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the month, 2 – 4 PM
Contact: Lin Saberski, Town of Monterey Council on Aging
Phone: (413) 528-1443 (ext. 247)
Contact: Richard Pargament
Phone: 413-528-2492

Peabody, MA / Care Partner Support Group

This group meets via Zoom. Please contact the facilitator for more information.

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

Rockland, MA / Care Partners Support Group

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.

110 Fitness, 200B Weymouth Street, Conference Room, Rockland, MA 02370
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the month, 10 AM
Via Zoom – 3rd Thursday of the month, 1 PM
Contact: Joan Wright, CDP, CADDCT
Phone: 781-659-2342
Email: jwright@nvna.org

Springfield, MA

This support group meets in-person. Contact the facilitator for more information.
Springfield JCC, Adult Lounge, 1160 Dickinson Street, Springfield, MA 01108
Meeting Time: 1st Thursday of the Month, 1 – 2:30 PM
Contact: Liz Martin & Corrie Trattner
Email: springfieldparkinsonsgroup@gmail.com

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

Waltham, MA / Adult Children of PWP Support Group/Care Partner Groups

These groups currently meet via Zoom. There are currently three groups ongoing at various times and for various situations. please contact Anne Muskopf to learn more and to find a group that best fits your needs

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

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