The Hagerstown Parkinson’s Support Group
Hagerstown, MD and the Four-State Area

Support Group Meetings and Events

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Parkinson's Disease Support Groups
in our General Area

You are invited and encouraged to visit one of our support group meetings—without obligation—to decide for yourself if group activity can help you have a better life while suffering from this life-altering disease.  There is no charge (you buy your own lunch), there is plenty of parking, and it is easily accessed by those with mobility challenges.

Our meetings generally consist of a group luncheon at the Western Sizzlin Steakhouse, 17567 York Road,  Hagerstown, MD (301-791-7560) and an expert speaker on some aspect of Parkinson's Disease or its treatment. 

Meetings are normally held on the first Thursday of every month, at 11:45 AM.  Please contact the Group Facilitator to verify date and time.  Our meeting schedule, speakers, and activities are shown below.    Put the dates on your calendar now!  Please contact me at if you need information or transportation.

Persons with Parkinson's and/or caregivers and other family members should attend these meetings.  Those who have family or friends with Parkinson's and any one with similar diseases are also welcome.

Hagerstown Parkinson’s Support Group
2017 Speaker Schedule



November 2

Dr. Kelly Mills, Movement Disorder Specialist, Johns Hopkins

December 7

Christmas Party -- No Speaker


2018 Speaker Schedule



January 4 Michael G. Day, Elder Law Attorney
February 1 Dr. Liana Rosenthal, Movement Disorder Specialist, Johns Hopkins University
March 1 Group Discussion
April 5 Arita McCoy, RN, BSN, Johns Hopkins University
May 3 Dr. Ankur Butala, Neuropsychiatrist, Johns Hopkins University
June 7 Dr. Gerald "Dave" Podskalny, Federal Drug Administration
July 5 TBD
August 2 TBD
September 6 Group Discussion
October 5 Doug DeHaven, Hagerstown Fire Marshal
November 2 Dr. Samina Anwar, Neurologist, Hagerstown, MD
December  7 Christmas Party -- No Speaker

At the December 2015 support group meeting, the members presented Art Guyer, the facilitator, with an award.  See for photos of the event.

At the January 1917 meeting, two Outstanding Member Awards were presented  to Dean Cook and Ecile Shaw for their contributions to the support group and the community in general.  A Special Achievement Award was presented to Dean and Carol Cook for the efforts they put into formulating and executing a very successful yard sale to the benefit of the Hagerstown Parkinson's Support Group.  Our May 7, 2016, yard sale was a great success.  See the "rest of the story".

Other meeting material can be located here.  (Savitt and Distefano)

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Take a look at our Newsletters (Left Column) to get a sense of what takes place in our meetings and what kind of information is made available.  They also include our meeting schedule and upcoming speakers.

Our Fall picnic was a success.  There is a photo at:  Photo from our September 2017 Picnic

Caregivers' Breakfasts are held to allow caregiver members to get together once a month to discuss common issues and provide input for upcoming events for the Support Group.  These events are held on the third Monday of every month.   If you would like to attend, please contact Art Guyer at .  Our next  breakfast is at 8:30 AM on Monday, October 16, 2017, at The Hagerstown Family Diner located at 431 Dual Highway.

Bowling for Parkinson's Disease Patients and Caregivers  at Southside Bowls at 17325 Virginia Avenue in Hagerstown, MD has resumed.  Get some exercise.   Call Dean Cook at 304-268-1623 for more information and directions.  Next session:  October 19, 2017, at 1:00 PM.

·         On Thursday, October 26, 2017, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Memory Café in Hagerstown will be held:  Free lunch, crafts and meeting at the Otterbein Church on East Franklin Street.  Contact David Kukor for information at 301-639-3166 or

A new Memory Café has started in Boonsboro.  Meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 11:30 AM.  The location is the Hospice Community Life Center at 28 N. Main Street.  RSVP to Terry Miller at 301-471-314 or  The next meeting is October 17, 2017.  Space is limited.

Educational Activities

In addition to the following activities, see our latest newsletter (left navigational panel) on this site for additional opportunities.

Educational Seminars:

·         (None Scheduled Currently)

Parkinson's Disease Advocate Program:

PD Advocates provide someone for you to talk to about your issues.


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