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 the APDA Greater St. Louis office and in locations across the bi-state region. 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. All support groups are led by a trained facilitator. If you can’t find a group in your area, please let us know

To join a Support Group please call 636.778.3377.

All support groups are free of charge.


Missouri Support Groups

Illinois Support Groups

Ballwin (St. Louis County)

Chaplain Carla Schmidt 636.923.2364
Meramec Bluffs Care Center
1 Meramec Bluffs Drive, Veterans Room
4th Tuesday of the month at 2:30 pm

Branson West Area (Stone County)

Stone County Health Department 417.357.6134
11016 State Highway 76, Ste. 11
1st Thursday of the month at 12:00 pm

Cape Girardeau (Cape Girardeau County)

Jayanti Ray, PhD, CCC-SLP jray@semo.edu
Cape Girardeau Public Library
711 N Clark Street
2nd Monday of the month at 5:30 pm

Carthage (Jasper County)

Tericia Mixon
Fair Acres Family YMCA
2000 Grand Ave.
3rd Monday of the month at 11:30 am

Chesterfield (St. Louis County)

Carrie Burggraf 636.778.3377
APDA
16100 Chesterfield Parkway W, Suite 155
1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am – virtually

Chesterfield (St. Louis County) – For Care Partners Only

Jay Bender & Lynda Wiens  636.778.3377
APDA
16100 Chesterfield Parkway W, Suite 125
Chesterfield, MO 63017
2nd Monday of the month at 10:30 am.

Joplin (Jasper County)

Lori Marble and Aaron Lewis 417.556.8760
Every Monday at 3:30 pm virtually

Kirkwood (St. Louis County)

Terri Hosto MSW, LCSW 314.286.2418
4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm virtually

Ozark (Christian County)*

Sharlin Health & Neurology 417-485-4330
4th Monday of the month at 10:00 am

Rolla (Phelps County)

Julie Riggs 573.458.3034
Phelps Health Delbert Day Cancer Institute
1060 W. 10th St., Conference Room B
3rd Tuesday of the month at 2:30 – 4:00 pm

South St. Louis (St. Louis County)

Kimberly Sanders
4th Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am virtually

Springfield (Greene County)*

Cathy Locke 417.865.0500
The Bodysmith,
1136 E. St. Louis St.
2nd Saturday of the month at 11:00 a.m.

Springfield (Greene County)*

Kingshighway United Methodist Church, 417.881.6363
2401 S. Lone Pine Ave.
3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 pm

In person with a virtual option

Ste. Genevieve (Ste. Genevieve County)

Teddy Ross 618.210.7371
Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital
800 Ste. Genevieve Dr., Education Conf. Room
2nd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am

St. Louis – For Care Partners Only

Kathy Schroeder 314-753-5139
3rd Monday of the month at 1:00 pm – virtually

St. Peters (St. Charles County)

Jodi Peterson, OTA 636.724.4357
Spencer Road Library #243
427 Spencer Road, Room 259
1st Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm

Washington (Franklin County)

Carol Weber  314.713.4820
Washington Public Library
410 Lafayette Avenue
2nd Monday of the month at 6:00 pm

YOPD

Karen Frank & Mike Mylenbusch 636.778.3377
1415 Elbridge Payne, Suite 150, Chesterfield, MO 63017
Every Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm virtually

Illinois Support Groups

Alton, IL (Madison County)

Dustin Heiser 618.465.3298, ext. 142
Senior Services Plus (Main Building)
2603 N. Rogers Ave.
2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm

Belleville, IL (St. Clair County)

Jodi Gardner, MSW, LCSW 618.234.4410, ext. 7031
Southwestern IL College’s Program and Services for Older Persons
201 N. Church St.
3rd Mondays of the Month 1:30 pm

Carbondale, IL (Jackson County)

Gayla Lockwood 618.967.1317
1st Wednesday of the month 1:00 pm – virtually

Champaign, IL (Champaign County)

Carol Clark 217.898.2725
Savoy United Methodist Church
3002 W. Old Church Rd.
Every Monday at 10:00 am

Decatur, IL (Macon County)

John Kileen 217.620.8702
Westminister Presbyterian Church
1360 W. Main St.
3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 pm

Edwardsville, IL (Madison County)

Sara Hoelscher/Pam Pinegar 618.656.0436
Edwardsville YMCA Niebur Center
1200 Esic Dr.
1st Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm

Greenville, IL (Bound County)

Robbie Mueth, 618-334-3465
bond County Senior Citizens
1001 East harris Ave.
2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm

Highland, IL (Madison County)

Kayla Deerhake
St. Joseph’s Hospital
12866 Troxler Ave., Sullivan Conference Room
4th Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm

Jacksonville, IL (Morgan County)

Jim and Fran Ringle
1st Wednesday of the month at 1:00 pm virtually

Quincy, IL (Adams)

Dave & Terri May 217.224.7027
Quincy Public Library
526 Jersey St.
2nd Saturday of the month at 10:00-

*Denotes non-APDA affiliated support group

WINTER WEATHER INFO: In inclement weather, we will cancel support groups at the APDA Resource Center if the Parkway School District is closed. For support groups in other locations, please call the number listed for the leader.


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