May 2014, Guest Speakers at Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for May 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:


Thursday, 5/1, 10-11:15am
Guest Speaker #1:  Senior Care Solutions representative (30 minutes)
Guest Speaker #2:  Paula Farmer, Eskaton, will share her experience
from a recent Dance for Parkinson’s workshop
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 5/1, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Carol Evans, NP, Neurology Department, Kaiser San Leandro
Topic:  Speech Difficulties with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 5/2, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:20am)
Program:  Divide into discussion groups of those with PD and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 5/2, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Lee Dibble, PhD, PT, Parkinsonism Exercise Program
Director, University of Utah
Topic:  Physical Activity in the Treatment of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Tammy Bragg, program coordinator, El Dorado County
Senior Services
Topic:  County programs
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Ward, The Fall Prevention Lady, Greater Sacramento Area
Topics:  Fall Prevention and Fall Risk Assessment
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/6, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  David Reikowski, PhD, clinical psychologist, Hollister
Topic:  PD and Good Mental Health
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 5/7, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Discussion of symptoms and side effects of medications
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 5/7, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Thomas Butz, PhD, clinical psychologist, Santa Cruz
Topic:  Communication Issues in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/8, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Serena Wong, Resido Medical
Topic:  Recruitment for research on reducing tremor
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 5/8, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Richard Ivry, PhD, physiological psychology
department, UC Berkeley
Topics:  Physiological side of PD and DBS research
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred but not required.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 5/13, 6:15-8pm  (slightly earlier start-time this month;
speaker begins by 6:45pm)
Guest Speaker #1:  Rosa Chuang, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford University Neurology Dept.
Topic #1:  Genetics in YOPD, including GINA and Personal Genetics Tests
Guest Speaker #2 (about 7:45-8pm):  Serena Wong, Resido Medical
Topic #2:  Recruitment for pilot study on electrical stimulation in
reducing tremor in PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required if you are attending this meeting for the first
time.  Contact group leader in advance.

Wednesday, 5/14, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Lynn Ewen, Catholic Charities Transportation and
In-Home Services
Topic:  Services provided by Catholic Charities
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 5/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Dave Iverson, Contributing Editor, Michael J. Fox Foundation
Topic:  “Addition in the Face of Subtraction”
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 5/17, 10am-noon  (guest speaker from 11am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Cindy Gershen, chef and owner of Sunrise Bistro, Walnut Creek
Topic:  Food, Nutrition, and PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 5/20, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Harris, Funeral Education Foundation
Topic:  “What You Don’t Know Can Cost You:  Cost-Effective Choices
for Funeral Services”
RSVP?:  Required if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact
group leader in advance about access.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 5/20, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jennifer D’Attilio, speech/language pathologist,
Central Coast Language & Learning Center
Topic:  “LSVT:  Helping PWP Find Their Voice”
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Berryessa
Wednesday, 5/21, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rene Ramsay, community resource specialist,
Sourcewise (formerly Council on Aging Silicon Valley), San Jose
Topic:  Community resources
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 5/27, 1-3pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Brandabur, MD, clinic director, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  “Living Well with PD”

If you know of a PD support group meeting with a guest speaker,
please pass the info along!

Finally….if you copy this guest speaker information elsewhere,
please give credit to:  Robin Riddle, Stanford APDA Information &
Referral Center.  Credit is always appreciated