PD Support Groups

In-person Support Groups are suspended until conditions change so Support Groups are now available online. Here is a list of our current live-streams of Virtual Support Groups.

Support Group
(Formerly
Albany/Berkeley/Oakland Support Group)
Every Thursday from 4:00 pm-5:30 pm
Description: Meeting to generate community and positive interactions. Facilitated by Roslyn Kleinsinger, LCSW. Open to anyone with PD. Pre-register for this free meeting: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/u5Yvduqrrz8uXWsUoeNTgnsOmH1QK4NfNg
You may need to download the free Zoom application so please try to sign in ahead of time. Zoom may ask you to register for the meeting, but registration is free. You will receive a confirmation email. Please allot yourself extra time to register and sign-in for the meeting. If you have any questions or technical difficulties, email programs@pdactive.org.

Care Partners Support Group
Meetings will be every 2nd Thursday from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Description: This is a gathering where participants speak frankly about concerns and challenges in caring for loved ones with moderate to advanced PD symptoms. Open to family caregivers and care partners only. Convened by Joyce Sakai. Pre-registration required when attending for the first time. Email carepartners@pdactive.org or call (510) 479-6119.

Mild/Moderate Care Partners Support Group
Meetings will be every 2nd Wednesday from 3:00 pm-5:00 pm
Description: A Care Partners Support group formed to address the needs of those partners who are caring for someone with mild to moderate symptoms. All care partners are welcome.
Facilitated by Roslyn Kleinsinger, LCSW. Pre-registration required when attending for the first time. Email mildmoderatecare@pdactive.org or call (510) 479-6119

Young Onset & Young at Heart PD Group
Meetings will be every 2nd week alternating between Fridays from 10:00 am-11:00 am, and Saturdays from 11:30 am-12:30pm.
Description: Come share, laugh and learn, with PD Active’s Young Onset PD (YOPD) group. This group is for you if you were diagnosed with PD in your early fifties or younger, or if you are simply young at heart. Spouses/partners are always welcome. One silver lining to “all this” is that we get to have PD Active’s first ever virtual meetup, and you can even attend in your pajamas. All you need is a phone, computer, or tablet. Please join us and get a chance to check in with your YOPD friends – and maybe meet some new ones. https://zoom.us/j/5687378175?pwd=ME9WNzNPSnRMb241bnUwalZ0NGRxdz09

Heart Circle
The first Saturday of the month from 10 am – 12 pm
Description: The relief and sweetness of sharing our lives with PD. We join together to open our hearts and emotions, using guided meditation, discussion, and a chance to speak directly from the heart. Open to anyone with PD. Facilitated by Scott Holloway. For more information email Scott Holloway at ScottHollowayArt@gmail.com.

PD Salon
The second Sunday of the month from 3 pm – 5 pm.
Description: An opportunity for those in the PD community to informally share writing, other art forms, and information about living with Parkinson’s Disease in a mutually supportive environment. All are welcome. to attend and observe, but presentations by people with PD will have priority. Phil Miller, Gary Turchin, and Herb Heinz,  are the PD Salon co-hosts. Email herb@herbheinz.com if interested. 

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In-person Support Groups are suspended until conditions change so Support Groups are now available online and the current groups are all listed above.

Oakland
Mercy Retirement & Care Center’s Rose Room
3431 Foothill Blvd., Oakland
Parking lot entrance on 34th Ave., and street parking available in the area.

Berkeley
The Albany Community Center  (also known as the Albany Library)
1249 Marin Avenue , Albany
Street Parking is available in the area.

Spaces to share our experiences in a safe setting to learn from each other and to become stronger. Facilitated by Roslyn Kleinsinger, LCSW.  Open to anyone with PD.

Email support@pdactive.org or call (510) 479-6119.


Care Partners Support Group
West Berkeley Service Center
1900 Sixth Street, Berkeley

This is a gathering where participants speak frankly about concerns and challenges in caring for loved ones with moderate to advanced PD symptoms. Open to family caregivers and care partners only. Convened by Joyce Sakai. RSVP (required) if attending for the first time.

Email carepartners@pdactive.org or call (510) 479-6119.


Mild/Moderate Care Partner Support Group
Berkeley Chinese Community Church – Fellowship Hall
2117 Acton St., Berkeley

A new Care Partners Support group formed to address the needs of those partners who are caring for someone with mild to moderate symptoms.
Facilitated by Roslyn Kleinsinger, LCSW. All care partners are welcome.

Email mildmoderatecare@pdactive.org or call (510) 479-6119.


Young Onset & Young at Heart PD Group

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Together on the Parkinson’s Journey.

Come share, laugh and learn, often in the great outdoors, with PD Active’s Young Onset PD (YOPD) group. This group is for you if you were diagnosed with PD in your early fifties or younger, or if you are simply young at heart. Spouses/partners are always welcome. To join or get more info, email yopd@pdactive.org or                                                                                                                              call Chad Zucker at (415) 987-1807.


Heart Circle
1914 Oregon St., Berkeley

The relief and sweetness of sharing our lives with PD.  We join together in a guided meditation, followed by a topic of mutual interest, a social tea, and then, in friendship, we speak from our hearts.  Open to anyone with PD.

Email heart@pdactive.org or call Scott Holloway at (510) 967-5414.


PD Salon 

An opportunity for those in the PD community to informally share writing, other art forms, and information about living with Parkinson’s Disease in a mutually supportive environment.  All are welcome. to attend and observe, but presentations by people with PD will have priority. Hosted in a Berkeley private home. Bring a snack to share.

Email salonhost@pdactive.org. No RSVP required.