October 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 October 2013.  The Palo Alto support group and Stanford/Menlo Park caregivers support group are teaming up to present three guest speakers on three dates this month.  Here’s what happening in Palo Alto and 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!  (See the Stanford Parkinson’s webpage for the group leader’s contact info.)



San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 10/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Representative from HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)
Topic:  Latest changes in Medicare
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 10/2, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Dorie Melville, speech/language pathologist, Dominican Hospital
Topic:  “Communication Issues”
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 10/3, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Karen Marshall, CRIL (Community Resources for Independent Living)
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/3 1-2:15pm  (Note: October meeting starts at 1pm)
Guest Speaker:  Suketu Khandhar, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser, Sacramento
RSVP?:  Requested for this meeting.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 10/4, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker #1 (up to 30 minutes):  Neil Tatingco, VideoCare, Cupertino, speaking about the VideoCare system
Guest Speaker #2 (until about 11:45am):  Mwezo Kudumu, Kujiweza Healing Arts, speaking about exercises tailored for the Parkinson’s community
RSVP?:  No.

Visalia (Tulare-Kings)
Friday, 10/4, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Representative from CTAP (California Telephone Access Program)
Topic:  Phones for those with PD and for others with hearing problems, vision problems, etc.
RSVP?:  No.

Ft. Bragg
Friday, 10/4, 2-3pm
Program:  Watch the video “Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson’s”
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 10/5, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Brandabur, MD, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  “Living Well with Parkinson’s”
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/7, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Representative from Hamilton Relay
Topic:  Phones for disabled and handicapped
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset (diagnosed at age 50 or younger)
Tuesday, 10/8, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford University
Topic:  “Am I Receiving the Best Treatment for My PD?”
RSVP?:  Yes, an RSVP is required if you are attending this meeting for the first time.

Wednesday, 10/9, 1:30-3pm  (Note: October meeting is on 2nd Wednesday)
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Joni Samples, Family Friendly Schools
Topic:  The brain.  Overview of brain function and changing your thinking to support changing your brain.  Activities are part of the program.
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 10/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Camilla Kilbane, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford University
Topic:  “Cognitive Issues and PD”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Robin Riddle, Brain Support Network, a new Bay Area non-profit focused on brain donation for Parkinson’s Disease, atypical parkinsonism disorders, and other neurological disorders
Topic:  “How do you know it’s really Parkinson’s?  What if it’s not?”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Preeti Oza, PhD, physical therapy professor, University of the Pacific, Stockton
Topic:  “Dual tasking in individuals with Parkinson’s”
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 10/12, 10am-noon  (remember new location as of July 2013 – Saint James’ Cathedral)
Guest Speaker:  Kim Tiratelle, registered dietitian
Topic:  “Nutrition and Parkinson’s Disease”
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 10/12, 10am-noon
Guest:  Gary Turchin, poet, artist, storyteller and PD activist
Program:  Gary’s journeys with creativity and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 10/14, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Brenda C. Smith, attorney, Yuba City
Topics:  Probating estates, trust administration, wills, and living trusts
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/15, 1:30-2:30pm
Program:  Sharing on the topic of “Balancing Meds and Making Adjustments”
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 10/15, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Representative from Wellness Center, CHOMP (Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula)
Topic:  Water exercise
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto  (location is Avenidas, 450 Bryant St.)
Special Meeting – Stanford/Menlo Park PD Caregivers Support Group and Palo Alto PD Support Group
Monday, 10/21, 2:30-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Eli Puterman, PhD, Director of UCSF’s Fitness, Aging, and Stress Lab
Topic:  “Caregiver Stress and how we can protect our bodies with physical and mental fitness”
Note:  This presentation is of special interest to caregivers.  Everyone is welcome to attend.
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 10/22, 1-3pm (speaker is from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  James P. Nevin, Sr., estate planning attorney, Mill Valley
Topic:  “Estate Planning in the Context of Parkinson’s Disease”
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto  (location is Avenidas, 450 Bryant St.)
Special Meeting – Palo Alto PD Support Group, and Stanford/Menlo Park PD Caregivers Support Group
Monday, 10/28, 2:30-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Mehrdad Ayati, MD, geriatrician, Stanford Senior Care Clinic
Topic:  “How does a primary care physician or geriatrician treat your Parkinson’s?”
RSVP?:  No.