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Events and Support Groups for People With Movement Disorders

If you are living with a movement disorder (or are a caregiver), there is a wealth of educational and support programs in the Baltimore area that can help you learn more about your condition and network with others. These workshops, seminars, singing groups and dance and exercise programs support the well-being of all local families touched by movement disorders.

Attention: Many classes/events have schedules and locations TBD as programs return to in-person meetings. For more information on these or any other classes or resources, please contact health educator Sarah Phelan at sphelan2@jhmi.edu.

 

Support Groups and Educational Events

Conversations With A Doc

Quarterly, no-cost speaker series sponsored by the Maryland Association for Parkinson’s Support

Register at marylandparkinsonsupport.org

Parkinson’s Foundation Care Partner Program

Series of free Online Courses for Family Care Partners

  • Welcome Course
  • Staying Healthy as a Care Partner
  • Ambiguous Loss
  • What is Caregiver Burnout?
  • Mood for the Person with PD
  • Cognitive Changes on a Continuum
  • The Role of Sleep
  • Recognizing Early Cognitive Changes
  • Nutrition for Care Partners

More information: parkinson.org/summit

Parkinson’s Pride: Engaging the LGBTQ+ Community

Parkinson’s Pride offers an innovative series of free virtual monthly meetings where you can connect with others who are part of both the LGBTQ+ and Parkinson’s communities, learn about valuable resources, and share your experiences.

Care Partner Education

In April 2022, learn about caring for patients with Parkinson’s disease, gather resources and contacts, and more.

Contact: Sarah Phelan; sphelan2@jhmi.edu

Harford County PD Support Group

Date: 1st Thursday at 2:00 pm

Contact: Sarah Phelan; sphelan2@jhmi.edu

Mid-Shore PD Support Group

Date: 2nd Tuesday at 11:00 am

Contact: Jack Harrald; jharrald@gmail.com

Baltimore County PD Support Group

Date: 2nd Thursday at 1:30 pm

Contact: Sarah Phelan; sphelan2@jhmi.edu

Newly Diagnosed PD Support Group

Date: 2nd Thursday at 5:00 pm

Contact: Sarah Phelan; sphelan2@jhmi.edu

Atypical Parkinsonism Group

Date: 4th Thursday at 2:00 pm

Contact: Sarah Phelan; sphelan2@jhmi.edu

Lewy Body Dementia Support Group

Date: 1st Monday at 1:00 pm

Contact: Melissa Daily; melissadaily610@gmail.com

Harford County Caregivers Group

Date: 4th Thursday at 11:00 am

Contact: Emily Carman; ecarman1@jhmi.edu

Hagerstown PD Support Group

Date: 1st Thursday at 11:00 am

Contact: Judy Fiery; jpfiery@verizon.net

Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral Counties and Surrounding Area PD Support Group

Contact: Sarah Phelan; sphelan2@jhmi.edu

MAPS Care Partner Support Group

Via Zoom

Contact: Jdobbs02@comcast.net

Activity and Exercise Programs

Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area

PFNCA provides about 30 wellness classes live online each week focusing on exercise and voice strengthening (Associated with nominal fee that can be waived if necessary)

More information: parkinsonfoundation.org/programs

Parkinson's Foundation Virtual Classes

  • Mindfulness Mondays
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • Fitness Fridays

More information: parkinson.org/living-with-parkinsons/resources-and-support/pd-health-at-home

Dance for PD

Contact: Ellen Talles; ellentalles@comcast.net

Adapted Tai Chi for People with Ataxia

Tai Chi classes delivered via Zoom

Contact: Jennifer Keller, 443-923-2716

Rock Steady Boxing

Find classes scheduled near you at rocksteadyboxing.org

Aquatics for Parkinson’s

Aquatic therapy sponsored by MAPS

Contact: info@marylandparkinsonsupport.org

Shake, Rattle, and Roll with Charlotte

Dance class for all abilities
Thursdays at 1:00 pm
Trinity Life Church Lutherville

Contact: cbsstpierre@yahoo.com

Parkinsonics

Choir and theater project for people with Parkinson's.

Contact: ellentalles@comcast.net

Choir

Date: Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 pm via Zoom

Theater project

Date: Tuesdays from 1:00-2:30 pm

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