Support Groups

About Support Groups

Please find information about support groups in Virginia below. This listing contains all 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 us at 757-495-3062.

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 APDA Virginia Chapter is committed to the ongoing development and assistance of support groups in Virginia. If you are interested in learning more about a specific group please call 757-495-3062.

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 Virginia Chapter and we will get you on the way to facilitating a successful group!

Find Support Groups for People with Parkinson's, Care Partners and Families

Virginia Support Groups

Unless otherwise noted, all in-person support groups are on hiatus due to Covid-19.  As soon as they resume, we will update the website.

STATEWIDE

YOUNG PARKINSON’S  VIA ZOOM
Support Group for people 60 years and younger
4th Wednesday 6:30 pm
Facilitator: Wendy Wilkerson | 757-474-6300 | wendy.wilkerson@empowerment-wellness.com.

Virtual Parkinson’s Resource Meeting: Empowering You to Live Well with Parkinson’s Through Exercise, Education and Conversation
1st Wednesday 10 am to Noon via Zoom
Facilitator: Ann Perkins | 757-615-4657 | aperk100@gmail.com

 

ARLINGTON

Side by Side Groups via Zoom
10:30 a.m. Caregivers: 2nd Tuesday
Those with PD & family: 4th Tuesday
Our Lady Queen of Peace
Facilitator: Arlene Edwards | 571-286-5000 | info@parkinsonsocialnetwork.org

BLACKSBURG

1st Thursday 2:30-3:30 pm
Warm Hearth Village
Facilitators: Kenny Harrah | kharrah@warmhearth.org | 540-443-3474
Judi McBride | mcbridejudi@gmail.com

CHARLOTTESVILLE

3rd Friday at 12:30 pm
Positively Parkinson’s
Church of Our Savior, 1165 Rio Rd. East
Facilitator: Susan Dietrich | 434-982-4482 | sjd3c@virginia.edu

Parkinson’s Support
2nd Tuesday; 7 p.m. ZOOM
Facilitator: Charlie Voelmle | charlievoelmle@yahoo.com.

  

Care Partners Group
1st & 3rd Thursday 10:30 am ZOOM
Facilitator:  Natasha Soudek | 424-645-2402

2nd and 4th Wednesday 10:30 am IN-PERSON
The Center Facilitator: Ellie Syverud | ellie7349@gmail.com.

Essential Tremor Group
2nd Thursday, 4 p.m. The Center
John Watterson | johnwatterson@comcast.net

 

MLee Parkinson’s Group
Maulebach@Yahoo.com | 434-882-8480 | #TeamMleePD; Blog, Twitter, Instagram, FB

 

CHESAPEAKE/PORTSMOUTH/SUFFOLK

2nd Saturday, 1:00 pm, ZOOM
Church of St. Therese, Chesapeake
Facilitator: Kendra Lapointe | 505-379-5982 | kendra4pd@yahoo.com

DANVILLE

2nd Tuesday 2:00 pm
Trinity Methodist Church (Have joined with Eden, NC, group, do not meet every month in Danville)
Facilitators: Jim and Marjorie Hamilton | 434-791-4493 | shopman33@comcast.net

EASTERN SHORE/ONANCOCK

3rd Thursday at 2:00 pm
Eastern Shore Family YMCA
Facilitator: Debra Murray | 757-678-6459 | debrakmurray@msn.com

FRANKLIN

3rd Tuesday 7 pm
Southampton Memorial Hospital Auditorium
Doug Boyce | 757-562-4432 | dboyce_124@gmail.com

FREDERICKSBURG

4th Wednesday at 10:30 am
Disability Resource Center
Facilitators: Jim & Earline Haney
540-371-7334 | scout1977@hotmail.com

Caregivers: 3rd Tuesday, 10:30 AM
Facilitator: Earline Haney | 540-371-7334

FRONT ROYAL

4th Monday (unless a holiday); 4:30-6:00 PM
Warren Memorial Hosp. Outpatient Center
Facilitators: Dana Crone | dcrone@valleyhealthlink.com
Noah Jordan | njordan@valleyhealthlink.com | 540-635-0730

HARRISONBURG

3rd Saturday at 1:00 pm
Sentara RMH Medical Center
Facilitator: Eva Showalter | 540-810-5210 | conniesuer@gmail.com

HILLSVILLE

PD & Essential Tremor
2nd Wednesday 1:00 pm
St. Joseph Church Hall in Woodlawn
Facilitator: Mary Ann Riccitiello | 276- 728-0130 | mcox1753@gmail.com
Stephen Turner | 276-728-8221 | turneredwards@embarqmail.com

LAKE OF THE WOODS/LOCUST GROVE

2nd Thursday 4:00 pm
Lake of the Woods Church
Facilitator: Lee Moore | 540-972-0395 | Leeatstm@aol.com

LOUDON

1st Tuesday at 2:00 ZOOM
Facilitator: Sonia Gow | 703-375-9987 | sonia.gow@inova.org

 

LYNCHBURG

3rd Tuesday 2 pm
Legacy Wealth Management
Facilitator: Wendy Posey | 434-386-7002 | Wposey0001@yahoo.com

MANASSAS

3rd Thursday 10 am ZOOM
Facilitator: Dale Walden | dswalden@verizon.net

NORTHERN NECK/MIDDLE PENINSULA

ORANGE

3rd Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.
Powell Wellness, Culpeper
Facilitator: Ginny Stanley | 804-690-4505 | vawstanely@gmail.com

RICHMOND

1st Tuesday at 6:00 pm  IN-PERSON & ZOOM
Circle Center | 4900 W. Marshall Street (behind Krispy Kreme on Broad Street)
Facilitator: Jay Burkhardt | 804-355~5717 | jburkhardt@circlecenterads.org

 

1st Monday at 1 pm ZOOM/WEBEX
PADRECC, combined meeting with Philadelphia PADRECC – open to both veterans and non-veterans.
804-675-5931 | parkinson.va.gov/patients/asp 

Women’s PD Group

1st Friday, 10:30 am
VCU NOW bldg. 4th-floor conference room.
Facilitator: Vondra Harrell, MSW | 804-364-6633 | vondra.harrell@vcuhealth.org

Last Wednesday, Noon
Tarrant’s West Restaurant
Fred Woodlief | 804-378-7577 | fpwoodlief@gmail.com

 

Parkinson’s Dance Group
Every Tuesday, 3 pm
Brandermill Woods Clubhouse
For information: 804-521-8274 | wlloyd@brandermillwoods.com

ROANOKE

Please contact the facilitator (information below) for meeting dates and times.

roanokeparkinsonsgrp.org@gmail.com | http://roanokeparkinsonsgroup.org

ROCKY MOUNT NC

Please contact the facilitator (information below) for meeting dates and times.

Facilitator: Letitia Furrow | 540-489-6368 | LKFurrow@carilionciinic.org

SUFFOLK

Parkinson Support Group
3rd Saturday 3 pm
Lake Prince Woods
Facilitator: Denise Brown | 757-923-5513 | dbrown@uctias.org

VIRGINIA BEACH

Parkinson’s Support
3rd Saturday, 10 am ZOOM
St. Gregory’s Church, Damien Room
Facilitator: Kendra Lapointe | 505-379-5982 | Kendra4PD@yahoo.com

Parkinson’s Partners (For Care Partners) ZOOM
1st & 3rd Mondays 2 pm
Facilitator: Gloria Siegel | 757-339-3833 | veggigi@gmail.com

WILLIAMSBURG

Partners In Parkinson’s (Caregivers) ZOOM
1st Tuesday 1-2 pm
Kelly Brubaker | 757-969-5200 | kelly@apexptva.com

Parkinson’s Support

1st Thursday; 1-2:30 pm
Brookdale-Williamsburg
RSVP to Elliott Bray: ebray1@brookdale.com
Facilitator: Kim Owens | 757-707-3955

WYTHEVILLE

Please contact the facilitator (information below) for meeting dates and times.

1st Tuesday; 6:30-7:30 pm
Heartland Health & Rehab
Facilitators: Debbie or Caroline | 276-228-6200

Contact APDA Virginia Chapter with any changes to this list.

As of February 2022

Other Resources

APDA NATIONAL OFFICE
PO Box 61420, Staten Island, NY  10306
800-223-2732 | apdaparkinson.org

APDA VIRGINIA CHAPTER
PO Box 4162, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Donna Magoon, Chapter Coordinator
757-495-3062 | apdavirginia@apdaparkinson.orgApdaparkinson.org/VA

For Veterans: PADRECC (Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education & Clinical Center)
VA Medical Center; 1201 Broad Rd. Blvd, Richmond, VA 23249
804-675-5931 | parkinsons.va.gov


VCU PARKINSON’S CENTER
Neuroscience, Orthopaedic, and Wellness Center
11958 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23233
804-360-4669 | vcuhealthnowcenter.org

INOVA PARKINSON’S MOVEMENT DISORDER CENTER
Sonia Gow | 703-375-9987 | sonia.gow@inova.org

THE MELVIN WEINSTEIN PARKINSON FOUNDATION
Provides financial assistance to those who cannot afford special equipment or supplies to manage Parkinson’s Disease.
757-313-9729 |  help@mwpf.org

Contact APDA Virginia Chapter with any changes to this list.

As of February 2022

Why Do We Have Support Groups?

Why Do We Have Support Groups?
By Bart Rinehart

We believe that support groups provide the best forum for the individual Parkinsonian and their caregiver to quickly gather information and to grow in the knowledge and understanding of their disease. In support groups, you find wonderful people with compassion, courage, humor, and a desire to help each other.

You may have heard that support groups can be a depressing experience. Our response to that is that we try to be a positive influence to all of the individuals that attend our meetings and even to those that we interact with outside the meeting. Some people do not like groups for whatever reason and that is their privilege. Also, people who come to a group and start comparing themselves to others are bound to have a poor experience. You can always find someone who is less affected or more affected by their disability. Rather than dwell on these differences, we encourage each person to share their triumphs and to learn how to handle their challenges.

There are other reasons for feeling negative about a group experience than comparing yourself to others. One of the primary negative influences of your experience at a meeting is that you are in denial. Denial is part of the grieving process we go through when we first learn that we have Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and, at first glance, it appears to be a wonderful mechanism to cope with the news. However, if you continue to stick your head in the sand and deny your condition and not accept the fact that you have PD you will miss out on all the joys of life that are still yours to experience.

To recognize and come to terms with your condition allows you to accept what has happened to you and you can take care of yourself, exercising, taking part in the daily activities you have always enjoyed, learning as much as you can about PD, consulting a movement disorder specialist and participating with him or her in managing your disease. In other words, take charge of your life as much as possible.

Living with PD does not mean you should limit what you do. You should live life to the fullest, just as you would without PD. Of course, as the disease progresses, you will find some limitations just because of the effects of the disease on the movement capabilities of your body. As you move about, you may find times when you need help. Tell someone that you have Parkinson’s Disease and you need help. You do not need to advertise you have PD but, at the same time, don’t hide the fact. Freely admit you have the disease, it is nothing to be ashamed of. By being in a support group, you can tell your story which may help somebody else, or you might hear someone else’s story and gain some help from it. Through this give and take, you gain strength and courage and learn new ways to cope. No matter how long you have had PD, attending support group meetings should be beneficial for you. The earlier you start, the greater the benefit.

It’s Not Magic… It’s Commitment

Have you ever wondered who arranged for the speaker at the support group meeting? Who secured the meeting place, set the agenda, or makes the coffee? Who organized the cookbook printing and distribution or planned the event you went to. All of these things don’t just happen; they are the work of volunteers.

Sometimes many of us feel that we have nothing to contribute. There are no requirements to be a volunteer other than the desire to give something back and by doing so make a difference.

The fact is, everybody can do something and we need people just like you to get involved. There are support groups to participate in., a board of directors to join, a newsletter to contribute to and events to organize. The true magic is in the volunteers.

So as a volunteer, what’s in it for you?  Besides helping to have a better run, managed, attended, interesting, and helpful support group and Parkinson community, you will find that giving your time has other benefits as well. Everyone has heard the phrase “Giver’s Gain”. The term implies the age-old principle that those who give will receive. This has never been truer than in the Parkinson’s community here in Virginia. All of us that have been touched in one way or another by this disease can use the help, advice, and support of others. We are all in this together and by acting together we can all benefit. So think about it. How can you help? What can you contribute? Call us today at 495-3062.

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