Parkinson’s Disease Support

-in and nearby-

The Villages, Florida


There may be no better place for someone with Parkinson’s disease (PD) to live than in or nearby The Villages, Florida. With 11 PD support groups, a PD Center of Excellence nearby, two hospitals minutes away, all of the medical specialists needed to manage the disease, and an active community with plenty of exercise and social opportunities, what more might one want? Of course, Florida also has great weather!

Explore our website. You will find many resources to help you and your care partner live a fulfilling life, regardless of the “diagnosis.” Join us. Come to one or more of our support groups. Get involved. Learn, exercise, be socially active, make new friends. You will be glad you did.

How to navigate this website


Navigating this site is easy. At the top of each page is a list, in alphabetical order, of site content. Click on any entry in the list. That will take you to that content. At the top of each content page, you will find the same navigation menu as this page. You can go to any other subject area from there or click “Homepage” to return to this page. To the right of the list of pages is a small blue magnifying glass. Click on it to open a search window. Enter what you want to search for, and you will be taken to the page(s) where the entry can be found.

When you use a smartphone, navigating to the content is slightly different. On each content page are three small parallel lines at the top-right. Click there and the list of content will appear. Click on any entry to go to the associated page. At the bottom of the list is a search box. Enter what you want to search for, and you will be taken to the page(s) where the entry can be found.


The Villages Parkinson’s 2025 Cruise is booking now!

We have 17 signed up so far!

You need to book NOW!

Book quickly for best pricing! Special rates go away the end of June!

Click here for details!

Other News!

Our own Linda Larson has been featured in Healthy Living magazine online. The article is about Linda’s experience  at PAM rehabilitation hospital in Tavares, Florida.

Click here to read it!

What’s Happening Now?

 A lot is happening in the next few weeks and months. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see everything!

June 11 to June 23, 2024


The Villages

Important – The Chatham Recreation Center will be closed through Sunday June 30. There will be no support group meetings at Chatham during this time. Check back here weekly to see when, where, and if a meeting might be rescheduled.

Monday 9:30 -10:45 a.m. @ Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center

Mostly Men/Women Welcome.  Sit/stretch plus exercise to music, discussion, and support.

Monday, June 10.  9:30 -10:45 a.m. @ Tierra Del Sol Recreation Center

Care partner support group.

Wednesday 1 – 3 p.m. @ Mulberry Grove Recreation Center

Popular with Couples. Exercise to music plus education, discussion, and support.

Thursday June 20, 3:30 – 4:50 p.m. @ Bradenton Recreation Center

Support group for persons with Parkinson’s and their care partners.

Come learn about non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s, particularly hallucinations and delusions.  Dr. Lance Kim, a board certified neurologist and Chairman of The Florida Neurological Center in Ocala will be discussing these symptoms in detail.  Dr. Kim will also address using Nuplazid as a treatment option.  His presentation is sponsored by Acadia Pharmaceuticals.  All people with PD and their care partners are welcome to attend.

Folks often go out for dinner after the meeting.

Friday (times vary) @ Golf Executive Courses between CR 466 and CR 466A.

Golfing for persons with Parkinson’s disease and their care partners.

Contact Us for where and when to meet.

For a complete list of all recurring monthly activities, check out the Support Group page.

SpeechVive follow-up opportunity!

 Jim Turnbach with SpeechVive will be at the Villages/Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center on Wednesday, June 26th from 1-5pm  and Thursday, June 27th from 1-5pm.  He will be conducting evaluations for the SpeechVive device.  These are free baseline evaluations that do NOT obligate you to get the device.  The evaluation will give patients the information they need to begin the process for obtaining a device through Medicare.  Also, supplemental insurance companies have been very cooperative in paying for this device.  

    Each evaluation will last 20-30 minutes and is a 5 step process.  Evaluations are by appointment only and reservations will be first-come-first-served and must be requested through the following email     Once a request is received, Jim will email the individual back with a confirmation of requested time at Eisenhower.  Please request a half hour slot either on the hour or on the half hour and please request two different times in case your first choice is already reserved. 

If all slots are reserved and demand is still strong, SpeechVive will schedule a second evaluation period in July or August. ” 


Ideas for Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease  

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 – 9:30 am until 11:15 am, in The Villages

Attendance is limited – Contact Us. Include a note that you would like to attend and say how many will be in your group. You will then receive instructions for where the meeting will be held.

Edmund Smith, lecturer and co-author of the book, “Our Parkinson’s Disease Instruction Manual”, has given the presentation, “Ideas for Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease” to seventeen groups in or nearby The Villages over the last 3 ½ years. He has shared his 27 years of Parkinson’s experience with more than 350 Villagers. He has also spoken to support groups on the west coast of Florida and in Eastern Tennessee and even to small impromptu gatherings on cruise ships.

Rose Lang is a well-known Parkinson’s disease force in The Villages. She publishes a weekly PD “Villages” newsletter which reaches more than 500 readers. Rose is a Parkinson’s Foundation Ambassador.  Her talk is about the Parkinson’s Foundation hospital safety guide plus specific steps one must take if they are hospitalized.

Ed and Rose team-up in presenting “Ideas for Living Well with Parkinson’s disease” They provide useful information, regardless of what stage of the disease you might be in. Topics include:

From The Villages Daily Sun Newspaper

Day Trips

Join others from our Parkinson’s community as we enjoy one-day trips to nearby cities and towns. It could be a care partner respite day for you or come as a couple. You make your own arrangements. It is recommended you sign up ASAP. These events are open to the public. They fill up quickly!

Click on the following for details.

Disney’s Grand Floridian Cafe – July 30, 2024

Musical Bingo Lunch Cruise Aboard St. John’s Rivership “Barbara Lee” Paddleboat – August 1, 2024

Polynesian Luau & Fire Dinner Show – Daytona Beach – August 17, 2024

CRAFT Lunch Dining Cruise on Tampa Bay – September 20, 2024

Downtown St. Petersburg – October 16, 2024

Winter Park – November 14, 2024

Once you have booked, Contact Us and in the message section, state what trips you have booked and the names of those going.



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