Aug 2014, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers and Programs, NorCal and Central Cal

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have
guest speakers or programs planned for August 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:  (no www in front)

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.)

Also listed below is the August 9th Partners in Parkinson’s event in
San Mateo — open to anyone in the community.  Pre-registration is
required but their website doesn’t note if there’s a deadline.  I
would think that the event center will need to be given a food count
by Tuesday, August 5th, so perhaps you could register by then.

Happy summer,
Robin Riddle


Friday, 8/1, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Steve Solomon, Comfort Keepers
Topic:  What an in-home care agency offers
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 8/5, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Chele Beretz, Calaveras County Veterans Affairs Officer
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Tom Schulz, group member
Topic:  What he learned about changes to the timing and dose of
medications during a recent neurological appt
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/5, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Christine Andrade, family consultant, Del Mar
Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Stress — effects on the body and how to manage it
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 8/7, 10-11:15am
Guest Speaker:  Parisa Alavi, PharmD, manager, Walgreens Pharmacy
Topics:  Medications and interactions
RSVP?:  No.

San Mateo – Partners in Parkinson’s event
Saturday, 8/9, 8am to 3:30pm
Resource fair (8-3), panel sessions and breakout discussions (9-3:30pm)
Breakfast and lunch provided.  No charge.
RSVP?:  Yes.  Pre-registration is required and is online only   (add www in front)
Questions?  Contact or call
212-509-0995 ext. 322 for assistance.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 8/9, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Steven Finkbeiner, MD, PhD, director, Taube/Koret
Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research, UCSF
Topic:  Developing new therapies for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 8/11, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Eddie Ballesteros, DMV senior driver ombudsman,
Sacramento/Northern Regions
Topic:  Safety and senior drivers
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 8/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Treva Douthit, Community Care
Topics:  Two programs available to Mendocino and Lake counties —
Senior Information and Assistance and Multipurpose Senior Services
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco – Kaiser
Tuesday, 8/12, 4:30-6pm
Program:  Discussion about DBS, gene therapy and stem cells led by Rima Ash, MD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset  (diagnosed at age 50 or younger)
Tuesday, 8/12, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford University
Topic:  “Am I getting the best treatment for my Parkinson’s disease?”
RSVP?:  Yes, if you are a first-time attendee.  Contact group leader.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 8/13, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Megan DePuy, senior speech-language pathologist, Stanford
Topic:  Treatment Options — Speech, Voice, & Swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 8/14, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Marguerite Manteau-Rao, LCSW, founder, Presence Care Project
Topic:  Mindfulness-based Care for Parkinson’s and Related Diseases
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 8/16, 10am-noon  (guest speaker from 11am-noon)
Program:  Art Fowler will show a video on DBS (deep brain
stimulation) surgery and preside over a panel discussion on the same topic
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/19, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Tara McConnell and Kathleen Humphries
Topic:  Music therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 8/19, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Laura Banks, MD, Monterey Neurological Institute
Topic:  “Talking to your neurologist”
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Berryessa
Wednesday, 8/20, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Dedra Jize, OT, geriatric care manager, Law Office of
Roy W. Litherland, Campbell
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento – Arden Arcade
Thursday, 8/21, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Tara McConnell, McConnell Music Therapy
Short Presentation Topic:  Difference between music therapy and just
singing in a group
RSVP?:  Yes, if you are not a regular member of this group.  Contact
group leader in advance.

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 🙂