Sept 2014, Guest Speakers or Programs, PD Support Group Mtgs, Northern and Central California

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

Please see the Stanford Parkinson’s 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:


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 9/2, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Bonnie Norby, community health assistant, Calaveras Health & Human Services Agency
Topic:  Dealing with chronic illness
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/2, 1:30-3pm
Group Discussion Topic:  Preparing for emergencies
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Larry Dawes, MSW, Eskaton
Topic:  “What a chronic disease diagnosis can mean for your life”
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (note new location for Santa Cruz group as of September 2014)
Wednesday, 9/3, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Brandabur, MD, Clinic Director, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/4, 10-11:15am
Guest Speaker:  Tara McConnell, McConnell Music Therapy Services
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 9/5, 10-11:45am
Guest Speaker #1:  Jim Fowler, singer, songwriter, teacher
Guest Speaker #2:  Patricia Maxwell, Maxwell Senior Care Services
Topic for #2:  How care managers can support PD families

Friday, 9/5, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Darci Alexander
Program:  Participatory tai chi demonstration
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 9/8, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Chrystal Pigee, Abbvie PD patient advocacy program
Topics:  Tools and resources to help patients hold a productive conversation with doctors about concerns and treatment expectations
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 9/9, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Two discussion groups – those with PD and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/10, 1-2pm
Guest Speakers:  Brian McKone and Jennifer Fry, Medtronic representatives, Fresno
Topic:  “Surgical Options in Parkinson’s Disease”
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 9/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Deborah Bolding, PhD, OTR/L, occupational therapist
Topic:  “Farewell to Falls”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Chad Christine, MD, neurologist, UCSF Parkinson’s Clinic
Topic:  Gene therapy in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Millbrae (Magnolia)
Thursday, 9/11, 1:30-3pm
Group Discussion Topic:  Neuro-plasticity.  What do you know about the subject?  Does it influence the choices you make for self-care?

Thursday, 9/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Bing Hui, director, Stockton Center of Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Association
Topic:  “Tai chi – great exercise for fitness and balance”
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Group
Thursday, 9/11, 6-8pm
Guest Speakers:  Fedor Panov, MD, neurosurgery fellow, UCSF, and Svjetlana Miocinovid, MD, movement disorder fellow, UCSF
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred but not required.

Chico  (note different day for September meeting only)
Friday, 9/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Joel Rothfeld, MD, neurologist in private practice, Chico
Topic:  “Getting the most out of your appointment”
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 9/13, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Edward Law, volunteer ombudsman for seniors and other living in care facilities
RSVP?:  No.

Los Altos YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Saturday, 9/13, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker #1:  Helen Garvy, Parkinson’s Cannabis Project
Topic for Speaker #1:  Cannabis (medical marijuana) and PD
Guest Speaker #2:  Colleen Fisher
Topic for Speaker #2:  Plans for NPF’s Moving Day
RSVP?:  No.
Note:  People of all ages are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, 9/16, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Marilyn Riley, HICAP (health insurance counseling and advocacy program)
Topic:  Changes in Medicare
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 9/16, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kujiweza Healing Arts Institute
Topic:  “You have just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s: what can you do to maintain your level of ability?”
RSVP?:  Required if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact group leader in advance about access.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Group
Wednesday, 9/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Arshia Sadreddin, MD, movement disorder specialist, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco
Topics:  Introduction to CPMC and review of current PD/DBS research
RSVP?:  If this is your first time attending, an RSVP is requested.

Thursday, 9/18, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Short video on benefits of exercise, and discussion on this topic
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 9/20, 10am-noon  (guest speaker from 11am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Tracy Dominguez, PT, physical therapist, John Muir Therapy Center, Pleasant Hill
Topic:   Movement strategies for PDers
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 9/23, 1-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Linda Sheridan
Topic:  “The Art of Moving” – ideas from John Argue and description of a new movement class