Oct 2014, Guest Speakers and Programs at PD Support Group Mtgs, NorCal and CentralCal

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

Need to know the meeting location, day/time, contact info, and RSVP
details (if an RSVP is required or preferred)? Please refer to the
Stanford Parkinson’s website for all Northern and Central California
support groups:

http://parkinsons.stanford.edu/support_groups.html (no www in front)


Soquel (note new location for Santa Cruz group as of Sept. 2014)
Wednesday, 10/1, 12:30-2pm
Guest Speaker: Gary Edwards, ombudsman
Topic: Long-term care facilities and assisted living residences in
Santa Cruz County
RSVP?: No.
Wednesday, 10/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1: Rhonda Kramer, Passages
Topic #1: 2015 Changes in Medicare
Guest Speaker #2: Della Nicola, group co-leader
Topic #2: PD informational and support resources
RSVP?: No.
San Lorenzo/San Leandro
Thursday, 10/2, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker: Amber Bennett, Carlton Plaza
Topic: Assisted living
RSVP?: No.
Thursday, 10/2, 10-11:15am
Guest Speaker: Gladys Musana-Desmarais, LVN, Eskaton
Topic: A Nurse’s Perspective on PD
RSVP?: No.
San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 10/3, 10-11:45am
Guest Speaker: William Buchholz, MD, retired oncologist and author
Topic: “Living Beyond Expectations: Stories Patients Have Taught Me
About Living Longer and Better” (book title)
RSVP?: No.
Friday, 10/3, 10:30am-noon
Program: Watch “Fall Prevention” video and discuss
RSVP?: No.
Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 10/4, 1-3:15pm (guest speaker is from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker: Lin Zhang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, UC Davis
Topic: Living Well with PD
RSVP?: No.
Monday, 10/6, 10-11am
Guest Speaker: Matt Arnold, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter
East Bay
Topic: Living Well with PD
RSVP?: No.
San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 10/7, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Jessica Koscheka, Sonora Regional Hospital, nutritionist
Topic: Nutrition and PD
RSVP?: No.
Tuesday, 10/7, 1:30-3pm
Group Discussion Topic: How we put what we learned last month (about
preparing for emergencies) to use during the King Fire
RSVP?: No.



Tuesday, 10/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Eddie Ballesteros, senior ombudsman, DMV
Topic: Driving and PD
RSVP?: No.
Palo Alto
Wednesday, 10/8, 2-3:30pm
Discussion Leader: Diana Blum, MD, neurologist, private practice, Menlo
Discussion Topic: Depression and Other Mood Issues in PD
RSVP?: No.
Thursday, 10/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Rima Ash, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser SF
Topic: Complementary Therapies for PD
RSVP?: No.
Millbrae (Magnolia)
Thursday, 10/9, 1:30-3pm
Speaker: Rock Steady Boxing SF representative
RSVP?: No.
Thursday, 10/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Ben Remmington, MD, neurosurgeon
Topic: Deep Brain Stimulation
RSVP?: No.



Saturday, 10/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Abbas Mehdi, MD, neurologist
Topic: Medication and PD
RSVP?: No.
Saturday, 10/11, 10am-noon (in October, speaker is from 10-11am)
Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Klingman, MD, neurologist, Kaiser Walnut Creek
RSVP?: No.
Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 10/13, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker: April Shirley, community relations director, Summerfield
Retirement Home, Yuba City
Topics: Assisted living, memory care, and benefits of retirement living
RSVP?: No.
Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 10/14, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker: Grant Helm, executive director, MS Quality of Life Program
RSVP?: No.
San Francisco
Tuesday, 10/14, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker: Rima Ash, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser SF
Topic: What’s new with PD research and upcoming therapies
RSVP?: No.
Palo Alto Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Tuesday, 10/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker: Camilla Kilbane, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic: Cognition and Memory in YOPD
RSVP?: Yes, if this is your first time attending. Email group leader
in advance.
Wednesday, 10/15, 1-3pm
Program: Watch and discuss two interviews from the “Living with
Parkinson’s” video
RSVP?: No.
Thursday, 10/16, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Peggy Phelps, caregiver resource consultant, Yolo Adult
Health Center, Woodland
Topic: Advance Care Planning
RSVP?: No.
Walnut Creek
Saturday, 10/18, 10am-noon (break-out groups begin at 10:30am)
Program: Break into two discussion groups — one for those with PD and
one for caregivers only
RSVP?: No.
Tuesday, 10/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Marilyn Riley, HICAP (health insurance counseling and
advocacy program)
Topic: Changes in Medicare
RSVP?: No.
San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 10/21, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker: Mario Giorgianni, MD, physical medicine and
rehabilitation specialist, private practice, Los Gatos
Topic: PD and Physical Therapy
RSVP?: Required if you are not a resident of The Villages. Call group
leader in advance about access.
Sacramento – PANC Annual Education Conference
Saturday, 10/25, 8am check-in, program 9:30am-2pm
Crowne Plaza Sacramento
See parkinsonsacramento.org for event details. There is a fee.
Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 10/28, 1-3pm (speaker is from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker: Nick Galifianakis, MD, movement disorder specialist,
UCSF Surgical Movement Disorders Center
Topic: Recent Developments and Strategies in PD Treatment
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 Parkinson’s Community Outreach
Program. Credit is always appreciated 🙂