Support Groups

Each of the support groups is unique. They have many different meeting formats and focuses, determined by the individuals who belong to each group. All, however, share a strong sense of community and fellowship. Members are free to come just as they are and to participate as they wish. Much encouragement is offered, along with a sincere understanding that the range of membership is as broad as the range of symptoms throughout the disease’s progression.

For the most part, support groups are self-managed and self-led. Their purpose is to share information and offer mutual support. Both persons with PD and caregivers become not only empowered but also essential in the management of the disease and the changes it brings to their lives. They become better equipped as both healthcare consumers and uniquely qualified providers of information and support to others.

Support groups broaden the circle of friends. The relationships formed within the group are not intended to replace existing friendships, but to add to the existing cluster of family and friends. These friends often have a perspective that only those intimate with the disease can offer and an empathy born of common experience, not expertise. Group members are often the sounding board in talking out fears, concerns, or setbacks and celebrating victories along the way.

If you are a person with Parkinson’s disease or a caregiver, and not a member of a support group, please consider attending one or more of the following support groups. They are all very receptive to new members and will welcome your participation at any level.

Please contact 412.837.2542 or info@pfwpa.org with questions or for additional information on support groups, please click for pdf.

Online PD Support Groups

*Smart Patients Parkinson’s Disease Community in partnership with American Parkinson Disease Foundation: Click here.

*Patients Like Me forum: Click here.

*Young Onset Forum through the National Parkinson Foundation: Click here.

*Open Forum with the National Parkinson Foundation: Click here.

*Daily Strength support group: Click here.

*Healthful Chat chat room: Click here.

*For caregivers and loved ones of people with PD: Click here.

Thank you to our generous support group sponsors.

Interested in being a support group sponsor? Contact 412.837.2542 or info@pfwpa.org.

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REGIONAL PARKINSON SUPPORT GROUPS

BLAIR COUNTY
Last Monday, 11:00am
Hoss’s Restaurant
621 Valley View Blvd., Altoona
Marlene Mock: 814-889-2141

BEAVER COUNTY
2ND Tuesday, 1:00pm
Pathway Church in Chippewa
239 Braun Road, Beaver Falls
Sarah Daily: 724-728-7550

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP
1ST Tuesday, 10:00 am
Rose E. Schneider Family YMCA
2001 Ehrman Road
Cranberry Twp.
Dale Reckless: 724-591-8121

DUBOIS
3rd Wednesday, 1:00pm
Penn Highlands DuBois
100 Hospital Road, DuBois
Morgan Shepler: 814-375-3372

ERIE
4th Sunday, 2:00pm
HealthSouth
143 East 2nd Street, Erie
Lynne Gotham: 814-899-3030

HARMARVILLE
Last Wednesday, 1:00pm
HealthSouth – Harmarville
Rehabilitation Hospital
Guys Run Road, Harmarville
Jessica Valko:
412-828-1300 ext 7710

INDIANA
Last Thursday, 2:00pm
Indiana Regional Medical Center
Room A & B
835 Hospital Rd., Indiana
Denise Packer: 724-254-9504 and Susan Wydra: 814-938-4954

JOHNSTOWN
3rd Wednesday, 2:30pm
John P. Murtha Neuroscience & Pain Institute,
1450 Scalp Ave. Suite 120, Johnstown
Barb Duryea: 814-269-524

KITTANNING
3RD Thursday, 1:00pm
Richard G Snyder YMCA
1150 N. Water St., Kittanning
Grace & Dave Caves:724-545-2713
Ann Early: 724-548-8467

LEWISTOWN
1st Wednesday, 2:00 PM
The Hope Center
23 N. Juniata Street, Lewistown
Eleanore Roth: 724-717-8069

MEADVILLE
2nd Tuesday, 1:00pm
Wesbury United Methodist
Retirement Community
31 Park Avenue, Meadville
Jodi Crowther & Greg Brink:
814-332-9186

MONROEVILLE
2nd Friday, 1:00pm
Forbes Regional Hospital
2570 Haymaker Road, Monroeville
Darlene Dunning: 412-856-5382
David Von Hofen:412-837-2542

NEW CASTLE
2nd Thursday, 10:00am
St. John’s Lutheran Church
2601 Highland Ave., New Castle
Janet Altman: 724-658-8377
Debbie Budai: 724-654-9185

NORTH HUNTINGDON
2nd Wednesday, 1:00pm
Redstone Highlands
12921 Redstone Drive
North Huntingdon
Dick & Kathy Cooper: 440-821-3840

PITTSBURGH - OAKLAND
1st Wednesday, 1:00pm
Rodef Shalom
4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh
David Von Hofen: 412-837-2542

SEWICKLEY
2nd Thursday, 2:00pm
St. Stephens Church
(Henning House)
405 Frederick Ave., Sewickley
David Von Hofen: 412-837-2542

SOMERSET
Last Thursday
(meets every other month), 1:00pm
Somerset Hospital
225 S. Center Avenue, Somerset
Janelle Koontz: 814-634-5373
Lindsey Sharbaugh: 814-926-3099

SOUTH HILLS
L2nd Wednesday, 1:30pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2040 Washington Rd
Upper St. Clair
Sandy Trotnick: 724-941-2314
Karen Schaller: 412-835-1498

STATE COLLEGE
3rd Wednesday, 1:30pm
Foxdale Village Meeting Rm, 2nd flr
500 E. Marylyn Ave, State College
Ann Marie Kubat: 814-867-6212

UNIONTOWN
4th Tuesday, 2:00pm
Abundant Life Church
1239 Brownfield Rd, Uniontown
Cathy Brady: 724-430-0888

WASHINGTON
1st Friday, 2:00pm
SeniorLIFE Washington
2114 N Franklin Drive
Washington
David Von Hofen: 412-837-2542

WESTMORELAND COUNTY GREENSBURG
2nd Tuesday, 1:00pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
501 Fairfield Drive, Greensburg
Diane & Randy Shreckengast:
724-515-5427

WOMEN WITH PARKINSON’S
Date and time vary each month
Please contact Casey Kasperik
for details: 412-837-1357

VETERANS AFFAIRS (VA) GROUP
VAPHS H.J. Heinz Campus
1010 Delafield Rd., Aspinwall
Please contact Kimberly Eichhorn for details:
412-822-3170

JEFFERSON COUNTY STEUBENVILLE, OH
3rd Friday, 12:00 noon
Eat N Park
Mall Dr., Steubenville, OH
Bobbi Penman: 740-282-5645

YOUNGSTOWN, OH
2nd Thursday, 2:00pm
Ohio Living Park Vista
1310 Fifth Ave., Youngstown, OH
Betty Royal: 330-746-0188

ESSENTIAL TREMOR SUPPORT GROUP
International Essential Tremor Foundation
Darla Yesko: 412-657-5318

We recommend calling the support group coordinator prior to the meeting to confirm the meeting time and place.
… or call David Von Hofen at
412-837-2542 for additional information on regional Parkinson Disease Support Groups.

 

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