Support Groups

All of these Support/Wellness Groups were conceived as a resource for patients, caregivers and family members to learn about PD and to find ways of dealing with the progression of the disease. We know that there are numerous questions and challenges that follow a diagnosis. Everyone needs someplace to turn to for information and guidance, and it is beneficial to be amongst people who understand and who share your experiences. Each of these meetings is educational. A speaker will address particular issues or aspects of PD.

These are also opportunities for networking and socializing, which are important aspects of handling PD. The groups are here to help, so please take advantage of them. All of the groups are free to attend. We hope to see you there.

Many of our support groups do not meet in July and August. The regular schedule resumes in September. For more information, please call the office at 716-449-3795.

Northtowns Caregiver Support Group

Fourth Tuesday of the month

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Weinberg Campus

2650 North Forest, Amherst, NY

(716) 449-3795

*No meetings in July and August*

Southtowns Caregiver Support Group

First Thursday of the month

1 PM

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton Street, West Seneca

716 449-3795/716 714-5492

Niagara Falls

First Friday of Each Month 11AM-12:30PM.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Hooker Auditorium

621 10th Street, Niagara Falls, NY

(716) 478-5569


Gary and Joyce Grafter founded the Northtowns Support Group in October of 2007. Gary had been diagnosed with PD and traveling to the Southtowns Support Group proved to be somewhat inconvenient. It was suggested that they look to begin a Northtowns group and Temple Beth Am was willing to lend their facilities. The meetings began with about 20 attendees and have been growing ever since.

Second Thursday of the month

Lecture and Support, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Shir Shalom of Buffalo, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY

(716) 449-3795

*No meetings in July and August*

West Seneca Parkinson’s Wellness Group (Southtowns Support Group)

This was the original wellness group in Western New York. It was inspired by Dr. Kim Trinidad and was founded by Pat Weigel, RN, and Tom O’Donnell in 1997. The first meeting drew a respectable seventeen people, though the mailing list has since grown to include more than 800 names. Attendance at any given meeting usually numbers 50 to 75.

Present at every meeting is a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, a speech pathologist, a social worker and a registered nurse, all of whom have better than 20 years experience in their fields. Patients can meet with these professionals either one-on-one or in groups.

Meetings begin with the Young Onset Group, followed by the Main Meeting. A lecture by a local Parkinson’s expert is often offered.

Third Wednesday of the month

Lecture and Support, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

St. John’s Lutheran Church, 3512 Clinton Street, West Seneca, NY

(716) 449-3795

*No meetings in July and August*

Fredonia-Southern Tier Support Group

This is our newest offering. Jeannine Militello has taken the lead on this group, which fills an important role as our Westfield group had to suspend meetings in the spring of 2015. We look forward to seeing this group take root and continue to develop.

Second Tuesday of the month

6:30 – 7:30 PM

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 334 Temple Street, Fredonia

(716) 449-3795

Young Onset Support Group

Second Wednesday of Each Month


Dry Gulch Dance Hall, 3145 Walden Ave, Depew

(716) 449-3795 or (716) 440-7072