California Parkinson's Support Network
archived page from 2016
support group information source: Southern California Parkinson's Newsletter
a resource directory for California Parkinson's patients, families, & caregivers
support group information source: Parkinson's Patients Support Groups, Inc. (PPSG.org), Parkinson Association of Northern California - PANC (ParkinsonSacramento.org), PD Active (PDActive.org), Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo (PNMD.net), Parkinsons.VA.gov, group leaders
Support groups provide an opportunity for patients, families and caregivers to share experiences and resource information in a friendly and confidential setting. There are over 80 support groups in Northern California and about 100 in Southern California. The majority of groups are open to patients, families and caregivers. Some are for patients-only or caregivers-only and some have a special focus on the DBS patient community or young-onset PD community.
Parkinson's patients, families and caregivers are welcome to attend a support group in their area. It is recommended that you contact a support group's coordinator to confirm the meeting time and location before attending the first time.
For tips on starting and running a support group, the Parkinson's Disease Foundation provides this helpful document.