The National Parkinson Foundation Western New York, formerly known as the Parkinson’s Wellness Group (PWG) of Western New York, was established in 1997 to provide support and education to people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. The chapter currently has almost one thousand members in our community.
Over one hundred people with Parkinson’s disease and their families attend meetings regularly. Our annual Parkinson’s Education Symposium is attended by 200-300 people each spring. We offer a separate support group for Young Onset Parkinson’s (established in 2004), as well as support groups offering sessions which include work with physical, occupational, and speech therapists trained in Allied Team Training for Parkinson’s Disease (ATTP). We also offer Caregiver meetings, facilitated by an ATTP trained licensed social worker.
We sponsor community activities which include the “PD Exercise Group for PD”, “Dance for PD “classes for patients and caregivers, Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, Educational lectures, and a Family Picnic. Our generous supporters allow us to offer our programs to all without regard to ability to pay.
Parkinson’s Disease reaches beyond patients to affect the lives of families and friends. As new challenges arise, the need for support, information and guidance for everyone involved becomes all the more important. Our goal is to assist in providing hope, comfort and direction as you navigate through this journey.
If you have family, friends or acquaintances who are affected by PD, please tell them that we understand their concerns and that we are here to help.