January 2014 – Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs, Northern and Central California

Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have interesting speakers or programs lined up for January 2014.  See what’s happening at a support group meeting 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 link above for the group leader’s contact info.)

Happy New Year,


Thursday, 1/2, 10-11:15am
Program:  Showing segment of movie “Awakenings”
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 1/3, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:20am)
Program:  Divide into two discussion groups — those with PD and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/3, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jonna Schengel, PT, Central California Physical Therapy Specialists, Visalia
Topic:  Core strength and balance for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 1/7, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Virginia Manner, Amador Lifeline Supervisor, Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, Jackson
Topic:  Lifeline service
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Gaurett Duckhorn, PT, Sutter Roseville
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 1/8, 12:30-2pm  (Note different meeting day for January meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Megan Bowers, RN, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Clinical trials at The Parkinson’s Institute
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 1/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Diana Blum, MD, neurologist in private practice, Menlo Park
Topic:  “What you should talk with your neurologist about”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Ramon Quesada, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Kaiser Redwood City
Topic:  “Exercise is medicine for persons with PD”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  James J. Kovach, MD, JD, co-founder, Beneufit Inc., San Francisco
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Peggy Hodgson, speech therapist, Shamrock Speech Therapy Services, Valley Springs
Topic:  Speech (enunciation and volume) and swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/10, 1-3pm  (New meeting time and location as of January 2014)
Guest Speaker:  Susan Whitaker, speech therapist, Shasta Speech & Language, Redding
Topics:  LSVT and exercises to do at home
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 1/13, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  George Johnston, PANC board member and author, Sacramento
Topic:  Update from Third World Parkinson’s Conference in Montreal
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/14, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Discussion on how to manage family members who don’t want to know what lies ahead
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 1/14, noon-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Joe Finney, Rebuilding Together
Topics:  Safe at Home and Home Energy programs
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 1/14, 6:30-8pm
Program:  Discussion on driving issues and PD, led by Steven Russell, Stanford APDA Information & Referral Center
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending this group meeting.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 1/15, 3-5pm  (Note time change for this meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Jaimie Henderson, MD, neurosurgeon, Stanford Neurosurgery
Topic:  Comprehensive review of DBS surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento – Arden
Thursday, 1/16, 10am-noon  (New meeting day and location as of January 2014)
Guest Speaker:  Erin Vestal, PT, DPT, NCS, neurological clinical specialist, Kaiser Roseville
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/16, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Tonia Hafter, qigong instructor
Program:  Demonstration of how qigong can improve the balance and gait of those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 1/18, 10am-noon (speaker starts at 11am)
Guest Speaker:  Rosa Canet-Aviles, PhD, scientific officer dealing with PD, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Topic:  “Latest news about stem cell research”
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/21, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Catherine McGregor, RN, MSN, Sacramento Area POLST Coalition
Topic:  “Medical decisions when they count most”
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/21, 1:30-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jean Kelly, Gold Rush Champions, the greater Sacramento valley chapter of Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
Program:  Introduction to a retired companion dog, a therapy team, and the CCI program
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – The Villages
Tuesday, 1/21, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Dedra Jize, OT, CSA, geriatric care manager, Law Office of Roy W. Litherland, Campbell
Topic:  “Knowing when it is time to change your living arrangements”
RSVP?:  Required if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact group leader in advance about access.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Sunday, 1/26, 3-5pm (speaker starts about 4pm)
Guest Speaker:  Gary Turchin, poet, artist, storyteller and PD activist
Program:  Uplifting presentation on living with PD for 10 years
RSVP?:  No.