The National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester, formerly known as the Parkinson Support Group of Greater Rochester, NY,  has a three-fold mission: SUPPORT, EDUCATE, FIND A CURE.


Our Mission

Support people with Parkinson’s Disease
and their families; Educate the community about
Parkinson’s Disease; Find a Cure for
Parkinson’s Disease by supporting research.


President’s Message

Welcome to National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester.  We have been an affiliated chapter of the National Parkinson Foundation since 1996 when we were incorporated as the Parkinson Support Group of Upstate New York.  Our name change in 2012 to National Parkinson Foundation Greater Rochester reflects our renewed alignment with NPF by adopting a logo and naming convention common to NPF chapters across the country.  It also acknowledges that our primary service area is the Greater Rochester, New York area including the counties of Monroe, Wayne, Ontario, Livingston, Genesee, and parts of Orleans, although we welcome all visitors.  We are a volunteer organization providing some activities directly and in other cases working closely with local agencies that provide activities and programs in support of people with Parkinson’s Disease.

We work closely with Lifetime Care Home Health Care and Hospice; HCR Home Care; the University of Rochester Medical Center Movement and Inherited Neurological Disorder Unit; the Pieters Family Life Center; and the Jewish Community Center, either in developing programs or promoting existing programs for people with PD.

Please explore our website to discover the many programs available in the Greater Rochester area.  Then be adventurous and explore the programs.  You will find many opportunities to join with others in exercise programs targeted for PD.  If you are looking for more information about PD, there are educational events ranging from our annual symposium to short informational sessions at support groups and at the Parkinson Café.  Take the opportunity to attend one of the various support groups not just for information but also to network and share with other people with PD and with their care partners.  Strengthen your voice through the chorus, Connecting Voices. Improve your balance and movement through the dance program, Taking the Lead or through Tai Chi for PD.  Find the programs that help you navigate your Parkinson disease and that you feel comfortable with, but don’t sit on the sidelines alone with this disease.