April 2014, Guest Speakers/Programs at Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings in Northern and Central California

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

Please see the Stanford APDA website 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:


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.)

Enjoy the spring!

Robin Riddle


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 4/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Debbie Nelson, ResCare HomeCare Services, Valley Springs
RSVP?: No.

Tuesday, 4/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Pam Markee, fitness trainer, Markee Personal
Training, Sacramento
Topic: Value of exercise on both physical and mental health
RSVP?: No.

Tuesday, 4/1, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker: Chris Fritter, physical therapist, Fritter & Schultz
Physical Therapy, Gilroy
Topic: Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?: No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 4/2, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker: Deborah Malka, MD, PhD, Santa Cruz
Topic: Medical Marijuana
RSVP?: No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 4/3, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker: Tina Maria Scott, Alameda County Emergency Medical
Services Injury Prevention
Topic: Fall Prevention
RSVP?: No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 4/4, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker: Neal Slatkin, MD, VP for medical services, Palliative
Care Center Silicon Valley
Topic: Medication Treatment of Movement Problems in PD
RSVP?: No.

Friday, 4/4, 10:30am-noon
Program: Discussion of the May 3rd walk
RSVP?: No.

Ft. Bragg
Friday, 4/4, 2-3pm
Guest Speaker: Mike Morris, Numotion
Topic: The Latest in Wheelchairs
RSVP?: No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 4/5, 1-3:15pm (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker #1: Megan Bowers, RN, clinical trials coordinator, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic #1: Current Clinical Trials
Special Guest in Caregiver Breakout (2:15-3:15pm): Susan Wiegman,
physical therapist, Memorial Hospital, demonstration of mobility
devices and safety techniques
RSVP?: No.

Monday, 4/7, 10-11am
Guest Speaker: Neng Huang, MD, movement disorder specialist in
private practice, Los Gatos
Topic: Living Well with PD
RSVP?: No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 4/8, 6:15-8pm (slightly earlier start-time this month;
speaker begins by 6:45pm)
Guest Speaker: Diana Blum, MD, neurologist in private practice, Menlo Park
Topic: Living Well with PD
RSVP?: Yes, required as space is limited to 25 people and a light
dinner will be provided. RSVP deadline is Sunday 4-6. RSVP to
Stanford APDA, rsvp-rriddle@stanford.edu, phone 650-724-6090.

Wednesday, 4/9, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker: Lynn Ewen, Catholic Charities Transportation and
In-Home Services
RSVP?: No.

Wednesday, 4/9, 1:30-3pm (meeting this month only will be on 2nd Wednesday)
Guest Speaker: Becky Robinson, North Valley Director, Alzheimer’s
Association, Chico
Topic: Brain research and the connection between a healthy brain and body
RSVP?: No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 4/9, 2-3:30pm
Program #1: Parkinson’s Exercise – Stretch, Balance, & Strength, led
by Jen Quillen, exercise instructor
Program #2: Freezing of Gait & Other Movement Research at Stanford,
presented by Lauren Shreve, research assistant, Stanford Movement
Disorders Lab
RSVP?: No.

Thursday, 4/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Ian Greenhoue, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, UC
Berkeley Cognition & Action Lab
Topic: Brain Stimulation Experiments in PD
RSVP?: No.

Thursday, 4/10, 1:30-3pm
Program: Discussion and sharing on successes with stress,
medication, and exercise management. Facilitated by Dorothy McAfee,
group leader.
RSVP?: No.

Thursday, 4/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Mi Sedelman, personal trainer
Topic: Discussion and demonstration of strength and agility moves
RSVP?: No.

Friday, 4/11, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker: Jana Cochrane, Hospice of Humboldt, Eureka
Topic: What hospice is all about
RSVP?: No.

Saturday, 4/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Allan Hedberg, PhD, clinical psychologist
Topic: Achieving and living a health lifestyle in a world of stress
RSVP?: No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Saturday, 4/12, starts at noon (special event for April only)
Parkinson’s Awareness Golf Tournament, 2 person scramble, Plumas Lake
Golf Course, Olivehurst
Cost is $90/person for 2-person team. Sponsorships available.
RSVP?: Yes, advance registration required. Deadline is 4/6, or 3/30
to be included in a special drawing. Contact Joe Carmona, phone 530-751-2509.

Monday, 4/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker: Inger Grape, Bowen & Bouncing, Kelseyville
Topic: Bowen work treatments and trampolines for balance
RSVP?: Yes, preferred. Contact Phil Myers, phone 707-263-4624,
email phillip.e.myers@att.net.

Tuesday, 4/15, 1:30-2:30pm
Guest Speaker: George Johnston, PANC board member and author, Sacramento
RSVP?: No.

Sacramento – Arden
Thursday, 4/17, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers: Craig Falk, Craig’s Cares, Roseville, and Carol
Kinsel, Senior Care Solutions, Fair Oaks
Topic: Senior Care – It Starts At Home
RSVP?: No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 4/19, 10am-noon (guest speaker from 11am-noon)
Guest Speaker: Camilla Kilbane, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford University
Topic: Recent Developments in DBS for the Treatment of PD
RSVP?: No.

Monday, 4/21, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Beth Lendrum, jin shin jyutsu practitioner, Wave
Energy Healing, El Dorado Hills
Topic: Self-help tools for feeling better, and toxicity in the home
RSVP?: No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 4/22, 1-3pm (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker: Kira Reginato, geriatric care manager, Creative
Counseling, Petaluma
Topic: Role of the case manager, and what kind of assistance they
can provide in the care environment