June 2014, Guest Speakers/Programs at PD Support Grps in Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for June 2014.  Thanks to our summer intern Lauren Stroshane, RN, for doing a lot of the legwork this month to collect the info.  (It’s good to have help, regardless of what you do in life!)

Plus I snuck in one documentary film about PD in SF on 6/7, and the 6/12 early-bird registration deadline for our PD and parkinsonism caregiver symposium (to be held on July 12th at Crowne Plaza Foster City).

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.)

Here’s what happening at a support group near you….

Happy spring,
Robin Riddle


Monday, 6/2, 10-11am
Program:  Marine Olson, group member, and her husband will be showing
video of their trip to the international Parkinson’s conference in Montreal
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/3, 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.
Note:  Bring a tennis ball, if you can.

Tuesday, 6/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Laura Martinez, education and outreach coordinator,
HICAP Services of Northern California
Topic:  Changes in Medicare
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Cruz
Wednesday, 6/4, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Father Luke Dingman, Greek Orthodox minister
Topic:  “The Lighter Side of PD”
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Skip Phairas, Chico Hydrotherapy
Topic:  The Power of Water
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/5 10-11:15am
Program:  Ruth Rosenberg, Mondavi Center, Davis will lead the group
in “PD dance”
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 6/6, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Showing a video on exercise and then discussing the
importance of exercise for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 6/6, 10am-noon  (guest speaker starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorders specialist in
private practice, Los Gatos
Topic:  Medication Management in PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco – Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street
Saturday, 6/7, 12:30-2pm
“Ride with Larry,” an award-winning Parkinson’s documentary film,
will screen at the San Francisco Documentary Festival.  General
admission tickets are $12.  See:

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 6/7, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Robert White, MD, clinical researcher, UCSF and UC Berkeley
Topic:  Parkinson’s and Cognitive Function
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 6/9, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Allison Tallyn, RD, registered dietitian, Rideout
Health Outpatient Nutrition Services
Topic:  Nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 6/10, noon-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Beth Lendrum, Wave Energy Healing, El Dorado Hills
Topic:  De-stressing the body for maximum health benefits
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco
Tuesday, 6/10, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker:  Edward Watters, speech therapist, Kaiser San Francisco
Topic:  Speech Therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/11, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Covenant Care at Home representative
Topic:  Specific care they offer for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 6/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Nikki Hochhauser, director of business development,
Home Instead Senior Care
Topics:  Stages of Senior Care, and Interviewing Home Care Aides and Agencies
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, Parkinson’s Cannabis Project
Topic:  Cannabis (medical marijuana) and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  George Manassero, Jr., attorney at law
Topic:  Getting Your Affairs In Order
RSVP?:  No.

Parkinson’s & Parkinsonism Caregiver Symposium
Thursday, 6/12, 11pm –  Early-bird registration ($35)
deadline.  Space is limited.
This caregiver symposium will be held Saturday, July 12th, Crowne
Plaza Foster City.
Register now:  parkinsons.stanford.edu/cgr_events.html

Friday, 6/13, 1-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Mike Dendas, DPT, Rose Center, Redding
Topics:  Fall recovery, exercise, and falling
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 6/14, 10am-noon.  New location at DHHSC as of May.
Guest Speaker:  Tom Stockton, ATP, assistive technology professional,
Academy Medical
Topic:  Medicare Coverage for Medical Equipment
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 6/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jeffrey Klingman, MD, neurologist, Kaiser Walnut Creek
Topic:  Q&A about PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 6/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Eddie Ballesteros, DMV senior driver ombudsman,
Sacramento and Northern Regions
Topic:  Driving concerns for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – The Villages
Tuesday, 6/17, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Serena Wong, PhD, Resido Medical
Topic:  Research into non-invasive methods of tremor control
RSVP?:  Required if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact
group leader in advance about access.

San Jose – Berryessa
Wednesday, 6/18, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, Parkinson’s Cannabis Project
Topic:  Cannabis (medical marijuana) and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS Support Group
Wednesday, 6/18, 2-4pm  (Note the special meeting time.)
Guest Speaker:  Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, director, Stanford Movement Disorders Center
Topic:  Brain Radio – New Developments in Deep Brain Stimulation
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento – Arden Arcade
Thursday, 6/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Eddie Ballesteros, DMV senior driver ombudsman,
Sacramento and Northern Regions
Topic:  Driving concerns for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/19, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Peggy Phelps, caregiver resource specialist, Yolo
Adult Day Health Center
Topic:  Advance care planning for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 6/21, 10am-noon  (Break-out groups from 11am-noon)
Program:  Divide into three discussion/sharing groups — men with PD,
women with PD, and caregivers.  (No groups at 9am.)
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 6/24, 1-3pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Paul Lofhol, president and chief pharmacist, Ross
Valley Compounding Pharmacy
Topic:  Annual Q&A about medications and dosages
RSVP?:  No.

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 🙂