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Support comes in many forms. What matters most is finding the kind of support that works for you.
Many patients and caregivers find that support groups are tremendously effective in helping them cope with the day-to-day realities of having Parkinson’s or having a loved one with the disease. Groups come in different formats — from large, formal meetings to smaller informal get-togethers — and you probably won’t be equally comfortable with or get the same help from all. If you don't like the first group you find, it’s worth looking for one that suits you better. If you can't find any you like in your area, consider starting one.
Many resources are available to help you find a support group, including: your physician or a member of his or her staff, local hospitals, and community calendars in local newspapers and websites of national Parkinson’s disease organizations.
If a live support group is not your style, online support groups are also available. They can be informative and inspiring, and may help alleviate the feeling of isolation that can make life with Parkinson’s disease more difficult.
Attending a webinar via your computer may also suit you. Live webinars will feature topics related to navigating a Parkinson's diagnosis and progression. The webinar sessions are taped so they can be accessed later if you cannot make the "live" presentation and discussion.Learn about Partners in Parkinson’s webinars