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

Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for February 2014.   Here’s what’s happening at a support group near you.

Also listed below is a “PSP and CBD Research Update” to be held on February 8th in San Francisco.  This event is co-organized by UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center plus Brain Support Network, the Northern/Central California PSP and CBD Support Group.  PSP = progressive supranuclear palsy  CBD = corticobasal degeneration.

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

Happy Lunar New Year!


Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 2/1, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Julie Andersen, PhD, research scientist, Buck Institute, Novato
Topic:  Updates on Parkinson’s Research
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 2/4, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Anthony Warren, Family Fitness, Angel’s Camp
Topic:  Exercise Demonstration
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Ehsan Hadi, MD, neurologist, Mercy Medical Group, Carmichael
Topic:  Living Well with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 2/5, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Beth Hyytinen, HICAP manager, Senior Network
Services, Santa Cruz
Topic:  Medicare Part D and the Affordable Care Act
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 2/6, 10-11:15am
Program:  Showing second half of movie “Awakenings”
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 2/7, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Kristen Larsen, director of education, ProtoKinetics
Topic:  Mobilaser – a visual cueing device
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/7, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ronald Ziman, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Neurocommunity Foundation, West Hills
Topic:  Brief Overview and Parkinson’s Updates.  Plus “Ask the Doctor.”
RSVP?:  No.

Ft. Bragg
Friday, 2/7, 2-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Mike Morris, Numotion
Topic:  The Latest in Wheelchairs
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco
Saturday, 2/8, 8:30am-12:30pm
UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center, Fisher Banquet Room, 1675 Owens
Street, SF
Program:  “PSP and CBD Research Update: What Have We Learned and What
Research is Underway at UCSF?”  Free, half-day seminar for those with
PSP or CBD, family members, and friends.  Organized by UCSF’s Memory
and Aging Center and Brain Support Network.  Continental breakfast is
provided.  There is a fee for parking.  RSVP is required by Feb 4.  For further
details or to RSVP, contact Sharon Reichardt.  Please provide a contact
name, phone number, email address, the number of people attending with
you, and their first names (for nametags).

Saturday, 2/8, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Bob Starr, DDS, dentist, Fresno
Topic:  Importance of Dental Hygiene
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 2/8, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Stephen Ratliff, Livermore Valley Senior Living Center
Topic:  Introduction to their facility
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 2/10, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Carol Kinsel, geriatric care manager, Senior Care Solutions
Topic:  Navigating the Senior Care Maze
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 2/11, noon-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Love Miller, CTAP
Topic:  California Telephone Access Program
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco
Tueday, 2/11, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speakers:  Rebecca Hartman, PT, and Debbie Hopkins, PT, Kaiser
San Francisco
Topic:  Physical Therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 2/11, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, movement disorder
specialist, Stanford University
Topic:  Brain Radio and Interleaving:  New Developments in Deep Brain
RSVP?:  Yes, required as space is limited.  (There are 18 wheeled
chairs around the table, and 27 small folding chairs along the
walls).  RSVP to Stanford APDA, phone 650-724-6090.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 2/12, 2-3:30pm
Program:  Discussion on sleep problems in Parkinson’s Disease, led by
Robin Riddle, Stanford APDA Parkinson’s Information & Referral Center
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 2/13, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Jan Stohr, PhD, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases, UCSF
Topic:  Introduction to Prion Biology
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  RSVP to Joyce Sakai.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 2/15, 10am-noon  (break-out groups from 11am-noon)
Program:  Divide into three discussion/sharing groups — men with PD,
women with PD, and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/18, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Erin Vestal, DPT, NCS, physical therapist, Kaiser Roseville
Topic:  Physical Therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 2/19, 2-4pm  (time change for this meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, movement disorder
specialist, Stanford University
Topic:  Brain Radio:  New Developments in Deep Brain Stimulation
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  RSVP to Greg James, phone 650-380-2881.