SUPPORT GROUPS

The Richmond area support groups are dedicated to helping people with Parkinson’s Disease and their families. Our support groups provide ideas for coping, emotional comfort and access to additional resources. We are comprised of everyday individuals who are friendly, inspiring, amusing and knowledgeable. We are people living with PD or we are carepartners.
* We offer comradery with individuals experiencing the same problems, fear and uncertainty.
* We are a source for gathering information about PD; learning how to manage the effects of PD.
* We can help direct you to community resources, best type of therapy & clinical research.
WE HOPE THAT YOU NEED US AS MUCH AS WE NEED YOU!
Please visit us at any one or all of the meetings which are open to anyone in the community. Patients as well as families and friends can benefit from the talents and opportunities discovered through participation in a support group.

Monthly APDA Chapter meetings –
At this meeting we aim to provide current information on selected PD topics, health and wellness, legislative concerns, etc. Presentations are made by experts in their fields. The Chapter President, Kathy Morton, has a short business meeting before the guest speaker. A brief social follows the presentation.
Third Sunday of each month
2 – 3:30 p.m.
5700 Fitzhugh Ave
Richmond, VA 23226 www.mapquest.com
Contact: Kathy Morton at (804) 730-1336

Monthly Social Support Group –
Here you can come to make friends with other people with PD and share your successes and frustrations in coping with PD. This group is facilitated by a Social Worker, Ann Spinks, who has dedicated over 20 years to PD. The format may be a general roundtable discussion or small group problem oriented sessions.
First Tuesday of each month
7-8:30 pm
4900 W. Marshall St
Richmond, VA 23230 www.mapquest.com
Contact: Ann Spinks at (804) 355-5717
aspinks@circlecenteradultday.org
www.circlecenteradultday.org

Monthly Young Onset Support Group
This group was established to help those who are trying to manage challenges younger people with PD face, such as employment concerns, parenting, caring for aging parents, maintaining relationships and managing financial and legal issues. This group is open to both people with Parkinson’s and carepartners.
WHEN: The group meets on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2:00 – 4:00 PM
2:00-3:00 the entire group will meet, and occasionally an outside speaker will be invited.
3:00 – 4:00 the group will split for separate discussions, individuals with PD in one room and carepartners in a separate room.
WHERE: VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center 6605 W. Broad Street, Suite C, Richmond, VA
accessed via Forest Avenue
CONTACT: Andrea Perseghin – (804) 662-5300 or pdcenter@vcu.edu

Monthly PADRECC Support Group
Within the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center is the Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center. PADRECC provides comprehensive services to veterans with PD and opens the support group to the public. The meetings consist of a guest speaker, separate discussion among people with PD and caregivers and a short business meeting and social.
Fourth Thursday of each month 1-3 pm
Hunter Holmes McGuire Medical Center
1201 Broad Rock Blvd
Room 2K-113/115
Richmond, VA 23249 www.mapquest.com
Contact: Lynn Klanchar, RN, MS PADRECC Associate Director of Education
(804) 675-6952

lynn.klanchar@va.gov
download 2013 agenda here draft2013PD_SGAGENDA

Parkinson’s Support Groups Around the State
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