Pathfinders Program

The Pathfinders Program at Parkinsons Pointe provides those who have been recently diagnosed the opportunity to meet with peers who have been living with Parkinsons and thriving. Through peer support, mentorship and introduction to the Parkinson’s community, we walk with the person as they find their path with Parkinsons.


  • Goal of Advising Program:
    • “To share our experience as people with Parkinson’s with the newly diagnosed and their support partners, in order to help ease the process of integrating into the Parkinson’s community.” 
  • Who the Program serves:  People with Parkinsons and/or Support Partner
    • Newly diagnosed by the doctor with Parkinson’s (1-3 years)
    • Those struggling to thrive
    • Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (diagnosed before the age of 50)
  • Who will provide the Advising
    • Someone living with PD or a Support Partner
    • Who embodies the qualities of:
      • Comfortable dealing with uncertainty
      • Demonstrates high level of resilience or self efficacy
      • Attitude of realistic optimism 
      • Portrays hope and inspiration for a high quality of life
      • Ability to relate to others, is open and honest, and can work within the need to be vulnerable to be of assistance
  • Research behind the Program Shows:
    • People who engage in peer to peer mentorship are more likely to continue to exercise and change their health behavior habits. 
    • Self efficacy and resiliency can be developed through goal setting, peer mentorship, coaching, and engagement in daily feedback
    • The number one barrier to exercise for people with Parkinsons is low outcome expectations.

This program is supported by a community grant from the Parkinson’s Foundation.