NWPF

Support Groups

Did you know that support systems can enhance your daily experience, reduce isolation, and improve outcomes? A support group or self-help group is a confidential space for people with Parkinson's and carepartners to find community, validation, and education. NWPF maintains this listing as a service to the Parkinson's community.

All support groups listed are independent or sponsored by their host agency. NWPF does not fund support groups but makes every effort to provide resources, information, speakers, and facilitation assistance to support group leaders and group members. Please note that any views expressed by support group leaders, members, and guest speakers are based on their personal experience, do not constitute medical advice, and are not necessarily endorsed by NWPF.

If you are a group leader in need of support or resources, or if you would like to start a Parkinson's support group in your community, please contact NWPF Social Services Manager, Sarah Winter, MSW, LICSW at 206.946.6517 or sarah@nwpf.org.

For information about support groups in Oregon, please call Parkinson's Resources of Oregon at 503.594.0901.

List support groups in:

washington Support Groups

Meets at Island Hospital | 1211 24th St
Meets on 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30 - 3 pm
Contact: Nola Beeler - 360.982.2359
Email:
Meets at North Bellevue Community Center l 4063 148th Ave NE
Meets on 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 - 8:30 pm
Contact: Suzanna Eller, MA, LMHC - 206.320.2084
Email: SuzannaAPDA@gmail.com
Meets at Cornwall Church | 4518 NW Dr
Meets on 2nd Monday of the month at 2 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Deb Ivancovich - 360.961.5168
Email: deb.ivancovich@gmail.com
Meets at Northshore Senior Center | 10201 E Riverside Dr | Room 203
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 - 11:30 am
Contact: Janet Zielasko - 425.286.1035
Email: janetz@mynorthshore.org
Meets at Harrison Medical Center | 2520 Cherry Ave
Meets on 1st Tuesday of the month at 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Fred McMullin - 360.990.0669
Email: frmcmullin@hotmail.com
Meets at Bethel Church | 132 Kirkland Rd
Meets on 2nd Thursday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Kenneth Beckwith - 360.520.4889
Email: beckwithangels@aol.com
Meets at St. John the Baptist Church | 25810 156th Ave SE
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Contact: Stephanie Lawson - 206.579.5206
Email: steph.pdgroup@gmail.com
Meets at TBD
Meets on TBD at TBD
Contact: Stephanie Lawson - 206.579.5206
Email: steph.pdgroup@gmail.com

The location and times varies. Call Stephanie for more details. 

Meets at Edmonds Senior Center | Library | 220 Railroad Ave
Meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Carol Aguayo - 425.743.6029
Email:

Group's last meeting will be April 2018.

Meets at Columbia Basin Hospital | 200 Nat Washington Way
Meets on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 3 - 4:30 pm
Contact: Kristin Wenke - 509.398.3408
Email: cbhparkinsons@gmail.com
Meets at Carl Gipson Senior Center | 3025 Lombard Ave
Meets on 2nd Friday of the month at 11 am - 12:30 pm
Contact: Joy Walker -
Email: joyincaregiving@yahoo.com
Meets at Mill Creek Family YMCA | 13723 Puget Park Dr
Meets on Every Wednesday of the month at 10 - 11:30 am
Contact: Lisa Salsberry - 425.337.0123
Email: lsalsbery@ymca-snoco.org

Discussion group follows Pedaling for Parkinson's class.

Meets at Providence Colby Campus | Rainier Room | 1700 13th St
Meets on 4th Saturday of the month at 2 - 4 pm
Contact: Helen Hopkins - 425.347.2848
Email: helenphopkins@gmail.com

Co-facilitates with Terry and Kathy Martinson. The group is in the medical building attached to Providence Hospital. Drive into the building at 14th Street and Wetmore Ave. The Rainier Room is in the basement.

Meets at Brookdale Foundation House | Courtyard Lounge | 32290 1st Ave S
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 - 3 pm
Contact: Peggy - 253.313.1248
Email:
Meets at Haggen Food and Pharmacy | Food Court | 1815 E Main St
Meets on 1st & 3rd Friday of the month at 9:30 - 11 am
Contact: Philip Petrasek - 360.380.0959
Email: plpetrasek@comcast.net
Meets at Harbor Place at Cottesmore | Rainier Dining Room | 1016 29th St NW
Meets on 4th Thursday at 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Contact: Melissa Sullivan - 253.851.5433
Email: Melissa_sullivan@lcca.com

Exercise, education, and a light lunch is provided. 

Meets at St Anthony's Hospital | Green Point Room | 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW
Meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4 - 5:30 pm
Contact: Bob Maimbourg - 253.514.1111
Email: bobmaimbourg@icloud.com
Meets at St. Anthony's Hosptial | Green Point Room | 11567 Canterwood Blvd NW
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 10 - 11:30 am
Contact: Hunter Severt - 509.389.0429
Email: heartrocks57@gmail.com
Meets at Hoquiam Library | 420 7th St
Meets on Last Tuesday of the month at 6 - 7 pm
Contact: Betsy Seidel - 360.533.5968
Email: betsycamel@yahoo.com

Group meets at 5pm for dinner prior to the meeting at Roses Tienda & Taqueria (across from the Library).

Meets at Our Savior Lutheran Church l 745 Front St S
Meets on 2nd Monday of the month at 1:30 - 3 pm
Contact: Allison Fine, MSW, LICSW - 206.226.1097
Email: balancemaintains@gmail.com
Meets at Manor at Canyon Lakes | 2802 West 35th Avenue
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:30pm
Contact: Shirley Ruby - 509.396.2028
Email:
Meets at Evergreen Hospital | DeYoung Pavilion | Rainier Room | 12039 NE 128th St
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3 - 4:30 pm
Contact: - 425.899.3000
Email:

An Evergreen Neuroscience Institute program, led by a neuropsychologist, to provide an open accepting forum for men.

Meets at Evergreen Hospital | TAN Building | Room 134 | 12333 NE 130th Ln
Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 3 - 4:30 pm
Contact: Sarah Winter, MSW, LICSW - 206.946.6517
Email: sarah@nwpf.org

A group for family members or friends who have assumed the role of caregiver for a loved one with Parkinson's disease or other movement disorder.

Parking is free and tends to be easiest in the Blue Garage.

Meets at Evergreen Hospital, TAN 140
Meets on at 1pm
Contact: Ann Zylstra - 425.899.3000
Email:

Must call to pre-register
$20 per 4 week session

Meets at EvergreenHealth Hospital | Room RED-551 (Auditorium) | 12040 128th Street NE
Meets on Changes month-to-month, contact Judy for details. at
Contact: Judy Yoon - 202.288.9630
Email: judyhyoon@gmail.com

Next meeting:
Saturday, March 26 | 12 - 2:30pm
EvergreenHealth Hospital | Education Center, Room TAN 101 | 12333 NE 130th Lane | Kirkland, WA 98034

Dystonia Medical Research Foundation website: https://www.dystonia-foundation.org/

Meets at Island Senior Resources (Bayview) | 14594 WA-525
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 10 am - 12 pm
Contact: Carolyn Hansen - 360.279.1785
Email: wchansen192@comcast.net

Mel Watson facilitates this group

Meets at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints | 10170 Titus Road
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 11 am - 12:30 pm
Contact: Judi Little - 425.870.2089 Katherine Degel - 206.356.4288
Email: kjdegel@charter.net

They have a speaker come every month.

Meets at Canterbury Inn | Chateau Dining Room | 1324 3rd Ave
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:45 - 3:15 pm
Contact: Barbara Sudar - 360.423.7012
Email: bnbsudar@msn.com

Co-facilitates group with Sue Watson.

Meets at Hamlet House | The Gathering Place | 273 Village Rd
Meets on Last Monday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Jackie Ashe - 360.468.2435
Email: jackieashe@centurytel.net
Meets at Verdant Community Wellness Center | 4710 196th St
Meets on 1st Monday of the month at 6:30 - 8 pm
Contact: Dr. Cheri Lewis, LMHC - 425.638.9966
Email: cheri.lewis425@gmail.com

A unique support group designed for those who live with PD and are employed. 

Open to care partners and family members as well. This support group focuses on staying actice and sharing information about treatment. Opportunities within and/or outside of group meetings for activities such as hiking, walking, and yoga will be provided! 

*APDA sponsored support group

Meets at Verdant Community Wellness Center | 4710 196th St
Meets on 1st Monday of the month at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Contact: Ginger Dollarhide - 425.967.7405
Email: weewiseginger@gmail.com

Support groups give people living with Parkinson's a forum to connect with others who are having similar challenges, resources on how to cope with the disease, and the ability to share ideas and best practices.

This group welcomes people with Parkinson's as well as those living with or caring for someone with Parkinson's Disease.

*APDA sponsored support group

Meets at Mercer Island Community and Event Center | 8236 SE 24th St
Meets on 1st Tuesday of the month at 2 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Debbie Hanson, PT, DBT - 206.275.7609
Email: amber.britton@mercergov.org
Meets at Mercer Island Community and Event Center | 8236 SE 24th St
Meets on 1st Thursday of the month at 2:30 - 4 pm
Contact: Betsy Zuber, MS, LMHC, GMHS - 206.275.7752
Email: betsy.zuber@mercergov.org
Meets at Mo's Pizza Wine & Dive | 2630 77th Ave SE
Meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2:30 - 4 pm
Contact: Carolyn Kelso - 206.356.0271
Email: carolynkelso@comcast.net

A cafe for persons with memory loss, friends, family and carepartners. Cost: None other than menu items ordered. Entertainment: Monthly oldies but goodies sing-along. Parking: Free (use the garage entrance on 77th Ave SE)

Meets at Samaritan Hospital | 4th floor | 801 E Wheeler Rd
Meets on 2nd Monday of the month at 12:45 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Stephen Syre - 509.765.6498
Email: ssyre@donobi.net

Co-facilitators: Sandee Estoos 509.760.8801 normanandsandee62@gmail.com;      Dee Schwab 509.750.6728 dolschwab@gmail.com

Meets at Logan Creek Retirement Living | 2311 E Division St
Meets on 1st Monday of the month at 10 am - 12 pm
Contact: Lynn Costello - 360.770.4038
Email: lynncostello1@hotmail.com
Meets at Oak Harbor Senior Center | 51 SE Jerome St
Meets on 1st Friday of the month at 1 - 3 pm
Contact: Carolyn Hansen - 360.279.1785
Email: wchansen192@comcast.net

Teresa Ellis & Eula Palmer facilitate this group.

Meets at Olympia Senior Center | 222 Columbia St NW
Meets on Wednesdays at 10 - 11 am
Contact: Rozanne Rants - 360.705.8520
Email: rozannerants@yahoo.com

There's a singing and vocalization class after the SG from 11:00-12:00pm on Wednesdays, hosted by Troy Arnold Fisher.

Meets at Port Angeles Senior Center | 328 E 7th St
Meets on 4th Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Contact: Darlene Jones - 360.457.5352
Email: djones@olypen.com

Days and times may vary for November and December due to the holidays, call or email  for details.

Meets at Jefferson Healthcare | Dirksen Conference Room | 834 Sheridan St
Meets on 4th Thursday of the month at 3 - 4:30 pm
Contact: Lorena Bess - 360.385.2200 ext. 2042
Email: lbess@jeffersonhealthcare.org

This group welcomes patients diagnosed with PD and their family/caregivers. 

Meets at North Point Church | 1779 NE Hostmark St
Meets on 1st Monday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Lana Gillis - 360.779.7178
Email: lanagale@earthlink.net
Meets at Lifecare Center of Puyallup | 511 10th Ave SE
Meets on 3rd Thursday of the month at 11 am - 1 pm
Contact: Glenn Anderson - 253.592.9189
Email: glennplaysguitar@yahoo.com

This support group also offers lunch. A Parkinson's Exercise Group meets every Thursday.

Meets at Emerald Heights l 10901 176th Cir NE
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: John Waltner - 425.556.8140
Email: johnw@emeraldheights.com
Meets at Brookdale Meadow Springs | 770 W Gage Blvd
Meets on 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 - 8 pm
Contact: Bill Stevens - 509.943.8455
Email: msubzn1@msn.com
Meets at Kadlec Medical Center, Neurological Resource Center | 1268 Lee Blvd
Meets on 3rd Monday of the month at 1:30 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Bill Stevens - 509.943.8455
Email: msubzn1@msn.com
Meets at Aljoya Thorton Place Northgate | 450 NE 100th St
Meets on 4th Wednesday of the month at 3 - 4 pm
Contact: Bartja Wachtel, MSW, LICSW, MHP, CMH - 425.296.2705
Email: info@thecenterforchronicillness.org

A supportive group for those wanting to live mindfully with self-compassion.

Meets at Arrowhead Gardens | Welcome Center | Community Room | 9200 2nd Avenue SW
Meets on 3rd Thursday of the month at 10 - 11 am
Contact: Kathie Synder - 206.462.4971
Email:
Meets at Boy Scouts of America l 3120 Rainier Ave S
Meets on 4th Saturday of the month at 10:30 - 11:30 am
Contact: Alicia Sloan, MPH, MSW, LICSW - 425.296.2705
Email: info@thecenterforchronicillness.org
Meets at Greenwood Senior Center l 525 NW 85th St
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7 - 8:30 pm
Contact: Suzanna Eller, MA, LMHC - 206.320.2084
Email: suzanna.eller@swedish.org

Contact Suzanna before attending.

Meets at Greenwood Senior Center l 525 NW 85th St
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Carin Mack, MSW - 206.297.0875
Email: socialwkr@comcast.net
Meets at Greenwood Senior Center l 525 NW 85th St
Meets on 1st Tuesday of the month at 10:30 am - 12 pm
Contact: Carin Mack, MSW - 206.297.0875
Email: socialwkr@comcast.net

Must have a diagnosis of memory loss in order to attend. Call Carin first before attending.

Meets at Horizon House | 900 University St
Meets on 4th Monday of the month at 1:30 - 3 pm
Contact: Allison Fine, MSW, LICSW  - 206.226.1097
Email: balancemaintains@gmail.com
Meets at Providence Mt Saint Vincent | Floor 2 | Breakfast Room | 4831 35th Ave SW
Meets on 1st Tuesday of the month at 2:30 - 4 pm
Contact: Suzanna Eller, MA, LMHC - 206.938.8298
Email: suzanna.eller@swedish.org

Contact Kristine at kristine.kumangai@providence.org before attending.

Meets at Seattle Public Library | Capitol Hill Branch Mtg Room | 425 Harvard Ave E
Meets on 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Contact: Carrie Pope, MSW, LICSW - 425.296.2705
Email: info@thecenterforchronicillness.org
Meets at Swedish Cherry Hill | Casey Room | 550 17th Ave
Meets on 4th Monday of the month at 11 am - 12:30 pm
Contact: Suzanna Eller, MA, LMHC - 206.320.2084
Email: suzanna.eller@swedish.org

Contact Suzanna before attending.

Meets at The Hearthstone | 6720 E Green Lake Way N
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 2 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Jane Sepede - 206.517.2266
Email: jsepede@hearthstone.org
Meets at University House Wallingford | 4400 Stone Way Ave N
Meets on 2nd Monday of the month at 3 - 4 pm
Contact: Ann Davids, MSW, LICSW -
Email: demaris.davids@eraliving.com
Meets at various locations throughout the Seattle Metro Area
Meets on TBD at TBD
Contact: Tim Fletcher - 206.909.6355
Email: tcfletcher@live.com

A  group for people newly or recently diagnosed with Young Onset PD - focusing on outdoor activities like hiking, biking, hanging out socially and just getting out there and doing things. Being active and engaged in life is the best way to keep the disease at bay.  Make friends who understand that Young Onset PD is a part of you, but it's not all of you. Reach out to Tim at tcfletcher@live.com or Brian at seayopd@gmail.com for more info.

Meets at Alpine Way Continuing Care Community | 900 W Alpine Way
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Aubrey Ruhle - 360.426.2600
Email: aubreyr@cascadeliving.com

Complimentary meal will be provided.

Meets at Lake Forest Park Senior Center | 18560 1st Ave NE
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 3 - 4 pm
Contact: Theresa LaCroix, Assistant Director - 206.365.1536, ext. 17
Email: theresal@soundgenerations.org

Carepartners are welcome to attend these meetings!

Meets at Parkinson's Resource Center | 1420 E Sprague Ave | Ste 103
Meets on 3rd Thursday of the month at 5:30 - 7 pm
Contact: Halle Goodwin, MSOL - 509.443.3361
Email: halle@nwpf.org

Who should attend? Prospective or current DBS patients and families who want to learn more about DBS! 

Patient Programmer Review

  • Checking the neurostimulator
  • Hands-on with products: Leads, extensions, neurostimulator
  • DBS Indications Overview
  • General Surgical Procedure Information
  • Q&A
  • Guest speakers

Dinner sponsored by Medtronic

Meets at Parkinson's Resource Center | 1420 E Sprague Ave, Ste 103
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Halle Goodwin, MSOL - 509.443.3361
Email: halle@nwpf.org

This group is closed to new members. Avoid burnout, share tips and tools for caring for your PD patient and discover ways of taking good care of yourself. 

Meets at Parkinson's Resource Center | 1420 E Sprague Ave, Ste 103
Meets on 4th Wednesday of the month at 2 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Halle Goodwin, MSOL - 509.443.3361
Email: halle@nwpf.org

Facilitated group. Avoid burnout, share tips and tools for caring for your PD patient and discover ways of taking good care of yourself. 

Meets at Riverview Retirement l Dining Room l 1801 E Upriver Dr
Meets on 1st Thursday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Sally Sullivan - 509.499.5113
Email: 22sullys@gmail.com

The group focuses on issues unique to women with Parkinson’s and there is often a guest speaker. Bring your lunch and join this group of remarkable women living well with Parkinson’s.

Meets at Touchmark on South Hill | 2929 S Waterford Dr
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2:30 - 4 pm
Contact: Lori McCormick - 509.321.8130
Email: lori.mccormick@touchmark.com

Anyone with a Parkinson’s - like disorder is welcome. Meet with others and discuss successes and challenges.

Meets at Varies
Meets on Last Tuesday of the month at 5:30 - 8 pm
Contact: Halle Goodwin, MSOL - 509.443.3361
Email: halle@nwpf.org

Who should attend? Those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease under the age of 55 and newly diagnosed at any age, family, and friends!

The goal of “Parkinson’s Connect” is to bring together a group of people who can share their experiences, ask questions of their peers in a relaxed, unstructured social setting that encourages sharing, mentoring and hopefully some fun!

Meets at Stanwood Senior Center | Library | 7430 276th St NW
Meets on 2nd Monday of the month at 10 - 11:30 am
Contact: Gail - 360.629.7403
Email:
Meets at Stanwood Senior Center | Social Room | 3rd Floor | 7430 276th St NW
Meets on 2nd Monday of the month at 10 - 11:30 am
Contact: Tori - 425.422.1067
Email: kellytori7@gmail.com
Meets at Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community | 1301 Highlands Pkwy
Meets on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 - 8:30 pm
Contact: Megumi Azekawa, MM, MT-BC, Neurological Music Therapist - 253.448.1400
Email: megumi@pugetsoundmusictherapy.com
Meets at Legacy Salmon Creek | 2211 NE 139th St
Meets on 3rd Friday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Cal Roberts - 360.892.1985
Email: dstackrob@aol.com
Meets at The Quarry Senior Living | 415 SE 177th Ave
Meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10 - 11 am
Contact: Cathy - 360.944.6000
Email:
Meets at Touchmark at Fairway Village | 2911 SE Village Loop
Meets on 1st Wednesday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Jan Beyer - 360.433.6400
Email: jcb@touchmark.com
Meets at Touchmark at Fairway Village | 2911 SE Village Loop
Meets on 2nd Tuesday of the month at 11:30 am - 1 pm
Contact: Jan Beyer - 360.433.6400
Email: jcb@touchmark.com
Meets at Vashon Island Lutheran Church | 18623 Vashon Hwy SW
Meets on 1st Friday of the month at 1 - 2:30 pm
Contact: Steve Steffens - 206.567.5976
Email: steve_steffens@yahoo.com
Meets at First Congregational Church | 73 S Palouse St
Meets on 4th Saturday of the month at 4 - 5:30 pm
Contact: Debbie Christian - 509.301.8625
Email: debxian@yahoo.com
Meets at Confluence Health | Sleep Center | 1000 N Miller St
Meets on 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 - 3 pm
Contact: Pat Taylor - 509.470.6416 or Diane Shannon - 509.886.2893
Email: pktaylor2@gmail.com

Group meets September-May only.

Meets at Wellness Place | 609 Okanogan Ave
Meets on 2nd Wednesday of the month at 11 am - 12 pm
Contact: LaVerna Armintrout - 509.884.6833; Diane Shannon - 509.886.2893
Email: ddshannon@frontier.com
Meets at The Church of Trinity | 18341 WA-525
Meets on 1st Tuesday of the month at 10 - 11 am
Contact: Mel Watson - 360.321.1623
Email: mel@islandseniorservices.org

The Church of Trinity is an older building, located right on the corner of Hwy 525 and Woodard Road. Enter through the main church entrance and go through the carpark back to the main road. You can park right in front. The room we will use is Grigware Hall, the first left as you enter the double doors.

Meets at Yakima Covenant Church | 6015 Summitview Ave
Meets on 2nd Thursday of the month at 2 - 3:30 pm
Contact: Kathy Kidd - 425.737.8272
Email: thekidds@msn.com