September 2013 – Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs, Northerna and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have interesting speakers or programs lined up for September 2013.  Here’s what happening at a support group near you.

For support group meeting location, day/time, contact info, and RSVP details (if an RSVP is required or requested) for all Northern and Central CA support groups, see the Stanford Parkinson’s webpage.

What does it mean if a support group you sometimes attend isn’t listed below?  It might mean that the group doesn’t have its regular meeting this month, or the group is having a social event.  Or it might mean that this month’s meeting doesn’t have a guest speaker.  Or it might mean that the guest speaker info didn’t arrive from the group in time to be added here.  Last but not least, it could mean that I messed up.  If you are not a regular attendee of a group, it’s always a good idea to call the group leader to confirm the meeting!



Tuesday, 9/3, 10-11am  (meeting day change for this month only)
Guest Speaker:  Giselle Petzinger, MD, neurologist, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
Topic:  Living Well with Parkinson’s

Tuesday, 9/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Bob Billingsley, columnist with The Mountain Democrat
Topic:  How to Maintain Your Joy of Life
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 9/4, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Nancy Magee, RN, Senior Director of Inpatient Services/Patient Relations, Dominican Hospital
Topic:  What people living with Parkinson’s Disease can expect when hospitalized at Dominican
Note:  Bring an “Aware in Care” kit with you
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 9/6, 10am-noon  (speaker starts at 10:20am)
Porgram:  Break into discussion groups (PD folks and caregivers)
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 9/6, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Watch the video “Ellen: Parkinson’s Puppet” (made by Fresno support group member).  Plus, a Visalia group member who had DBS a year ago will be sharing his experiences.
RSVP?:  No.

Ft. Bragg
Friday, 9/6, 2-3pm
Program:  A Ft. Bragg group member who had DBS at Stanford will be sharing his experiences.
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 9/9, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Allison Tallyn, registered dietitian, Rideout Health
Topic:  Role of nutrition and symptom management
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 9/10, noon-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Katie Krings, MA, CCC-SLP, speech/language pathologist
Topic:  Speech and Swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset (diagnosed at age 50 or younger)
Tuesday, 9/10, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Ruth O’Hara, PhD, psychologist, Stanford Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Topic:  Memory and Cognition
RSVP?:  Yes, an RSVP is required if you are attending this meeting for the first time.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 9/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Megan DePuy, senior speech-language pathologist, Stanford
Topic:  Treatment Options – Speech, Voice, & Swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/12, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Discussion of tips for living with PD (continuation of August meeting)
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 9/12, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Philip Starr, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, UCSF
Topic:  New Developments in Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred but not required.  Contact sensitivelee@yahoo.comLee Schwager.

Fresno  (remember new location as of July 2013 – Saint James’ Cathedral)
Saturday, 9/14, 10am-noon
Program:  View an exercise video
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 9/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford Movement Disorders Center
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Beth Lendrum, self-help instructor and holistic health counselor
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/17, 1:30-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Karen Cooper, RN, clinical nurse specialist, Sutter Auburn Hospital
Topic:  Preventing strokes
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – The Villages
Tuesday, 9/17, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Berna Sanayei, DDS, dentist
Topic:  Oral care for the mature person, especially for Parkinson’s Disease patients
RSVP?:  Required if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact group leader in advance about access.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 9/17, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Break into discussion groups (those with PD and caregivers)
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 9/21, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ramon Quesada, MD, Kaiser Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Redwood City
Topic:  Physical activities that can slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disesae
RSVP?:  No.

Napa Young Onset PD  (Note – open to anyone, regardless of age diagnosed)
Sunday, 9/22, 3-5pm (3-4pm speaker)
Guest Speaker:  Sifu Michelle Dwyer, Napa Valley Tai Chi
RSVP?:  No.