Nov 2014, Guest Speakers or Programs, Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs, NorCal and Central Cal

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

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 11/1, 1-3:15pm (guest speaker is from 1-2pm)
Program: Panel discussion on driving safely as we age. Panelists are
members of the transportation and mobility committee for the Area Agency
on Aging Advisory Council.
RSVP?: No.
Monday, 11/3, 10-11am
Guest Speaker: Eddie Ballesteros, senior ombudsman, DMV
Topic: Driving for Seniors
RSVP?: No.
San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 11/4, 10am-noon
Program: Break into two discussion groups — one for those with PD and
one for caregivers only
RSVP?: No.
Soquel (note new location for Santa Cruz group as of September 2014)
Wednesday, 11/5, 12:30-2pm
Program: Roundtable discussion featuring two couples living with PD –
what works and what doesn’t
RSVP?: No.
Wednesday, 11/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker: Adrienne Wrightson, fitness instructor, Inside Out
Exercise Studio, Chico
Topic: Standing and sitting exercises for PD
RSVP?: No.
San Lorenzo/San Leandro
Thursday, 11/6, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker: David Blaschka, personal trainer
Topic: Fitness in PD
RSVP?: No.
San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 11/7, 10-11:45am (speaker starts around 10:20am)
Guest Speaker: Love Miller, CTAP outreach specialist
Topic: Review of current equipment and services available from the
California Telephone Access Program (CTAP)
RSVP?: No.
Friday, 11/7, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker: Jennifer Fry, Medtronic
Topic: Deep brain stimulation for PD
RSVP?: No.
Saturday, 11/8, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist, Bakersfield
RSVP?: No.
Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 11/10, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker #1: Love Miller, outreach specialist, California
Telephone Access Program (CTAP)
Guest Speaker #2: Ariane Chapple, fundraising manager, The Parkinson’s
RSVP?: No.
Monday, 11/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker: Carolyn Wing Greenlee
Topic: Meridian stress release for PD
RSVP?: No.
Palo Alto Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Tuesday, 11/11, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker (first 15 minutes): Ariane Chapple, fundraising manager,
The Parkinson’s Institute. Then, open discussion.
RSVP?: Yes, if this is your first time attending. Email group leader
in advance.
Palo Alto
Wednesday, 11/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers: Steve Lai, MD, geriatrician, Palo Alto Medical
Foundation, and Ellen Stirling, MSN, palliative care nurse educator
Topics: Who needs a POLST? (the pink form) What’s changing in 2015?
RSVP?: No.
Thursday, 11/13, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers: Kim Woolley and Simon Redmond, Rock Steady Boxing San
RSVP?: No.
Millbrae (Magnolia)
Thursday, 11/13, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic: Sharing our experiences handling PD — good or bad —
and what we’ve learned from them
RSVP?: No.
Stockton (note: November meeting in North Clubhouse)
Thursday, 11/13, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic: Highlights of PANC conference and perhaps sharing
“Aware in Care” kits for new members
RSVP?: No.
San Francisco DBS
Thursday, 11/13, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker: Paul Larson, MD, neurosurgeon, UCSF
Topic: Gene therapy research
RSVP?: Preferred but not required.
Friday, 11/14, 1-3:30pm (group meeting is from 1-3pm)
Guest Speaker: Emily Durbin, DPT, physical therapist
Topic: LSVT-BIG therapy for PD
RSVP?: No.
Walnut Creek
Saturday, 11/15, 10am-noon (guest speaker is from 11am-noon)
Guest Speaker: Leslie Gillum, MD, neurologist, Neurology Medical Group
of Diablo Valley, Pleasant Hill
Topic: What you always wanted to know about PD
RSVP?: No.
Tuesday, 11/18, 10-11am
Guest Speaker: Cathy Hirth, Right-at-Home
Topic: Laughter
RSVP?: No.
San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 11/18, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker: California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) representative
RSVP?: Required if you are not a resident of The Villages. Call group
leader in advance about access.
Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 11/20, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker: Michelle Nevins, executive director, Del Oro Caregiver
Resource Center
Topic: The caregiver’s role in Parkinson’s
RSVP?: No.