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Parkinson's Disease Support Groups and Events

Parkinson's and Movement Disorders

The Duke Movement Disorders Center is proud to participate in a variety of events to support and educate individuals with Parkinson's and their care partners, including regular support groups, introductory programs to provide basic information on Parkinson's, workshops for couples, and monthly singing and communications workshops. Click on the choices below to learn more about each of our upcoming programs.

Monthly Support Groups

Patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, as well as their care partners, are welcome to attend the Durham Parkinson's Disease Support Group, held from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the fourth Tuesday of every month. This free support group, sponsored by the Parkinson Foundation, is open to all (you do not have to be a Duke patient to attend).

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, all support groups are now being held online. We hope that you can join us from your living room or other safe location. For more information, or to join, contact Allison Allen, LCSW, at 919-681-2656, or

Meetings are held in at the Duke Integrative Medicine Center (3475 Erwin Road, Durham NC, 27705). Download a flyer for the group here.

In 2020 our meetings will be held on Tuesdays on the following dates:

  • April 28th
  • May 26th
  • June 23rd
  • July 28th
  • Aug 25th
  • Sept 22nd
  • Oct 27th
  • Nov 24th
  • Dec 22nd

Loud and Proud

A monthly speech and communication group for Parkinson's disease led by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Caregivers are welcome.Come learn effective speech strategies, practice communication skills, and SING!

Loud and Proud meetings are now being held online on Mondays from 2-3 p.m. Please join us from your living room or other safe location. For more information or instructions on how to join, contact Meredith Nye at

The next events will be held on the following dates:

  • May 11, 2020

  • June 8, 2020

  • July 13, 2020

  • August 10, 2020

  • September 14, 2020

  • October 12, 2020

  • November 9, 2020

  • December 14, 2020

Meet the Researchers - April 10, 2020 - Postponed

Physicians, scientists, and members of the clinical trials team from the Movement Disorders Center will discuss Parkinson's disease research, answer questions, and more. This event will be held at the Washington Duke Inn (3001 Cameron Boulevard) from noon-3 p.m. There is a $10 registration fee; lunch and a snack are included. This program is designed for individuals with or anyone affected by Parkinson’s disease; you do not need to be a Duke patient to attend. Register here. For questions, please call (919) 681-2656 or email allison.m.allen@duke.eduor


Other 2020 Events

Future events have been postponed through April due to safety concerns about the coronavirus. We hope to resume our community support groups for those impacted by Parkinson’s disease as safety allows.
Keep an eye out for an announcement on our annual Meet the Researcher event, which will be held at a future date
PD Care Partners - mark your calendar for the PF Care Partner Summit events in the triangle on May 16, 2020!