Parkinson’s Association

Of San Diego

As the leading Parkinson’s resource in San Diego County, the association provides information and referral services, education, support groups, evidence-based exercise programs, community events, social opportunities, compassion and encouragement.

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Our Organization

The Parkinson’s Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of people in our community who are affected by neurological and movement disorders.

In the early 1980’s, a doctor in San Diego by the name of Robert Mowry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Recognizing that there were no organized services or organizations assisting Parkinson’s families at that time, he and his wife, Mary, formed a small support and discussion group for Parkinson’s patients and their care partners.

For the next 20 years, Mary led the development of what became known as the San Diego Parkinson’s Disease Information and Referral (I&R) Center. The center, housed in a small facility within a San Diego hospital, maintained a referral network and database and provided valuable educational material to health care providers, patients with Parkinson’s disease, and their families. As the benefit of support groups became evident, support groups sprang up throughout San Diego County.

In 1989, Mary’s efforts led to the development of what is now the Parkinson’s Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Our mission is to optimize the quality of life for San Diego County residents, who have or are impacted by Parkinson’s disease by making available programs and services that enhance Mind, Movement and Morale.


Continue to be the leading Parkinson’s resource in San Diego county, setting a standard for education, support groups, information and referral, evidence based exercise programs, community events, social opportunities, compassion and encouragement

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