Jan 2015, PD Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers and Programs

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have
guest speakers or programs planned for January 2015.  Here’s what’s
happening at a support group near you.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 1/2, 10-11:45am
Program:  Break into two discussion groups — one for those with PD and
one for caregivers only
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/2, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Musical guest Bill Thornbury presents different kinds of music
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/5, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Ariane Chapple, fundraising manager, The Parkinson’s
Institute, Sunnyvale
Topics:  Update from The Parkinson’s Institute, including the “Less
Talk! More Walk!” Walkathon
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 1/6, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Elizabeth Armstrong, Bankers Life
Topic:  Long Term Care
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/6, 1:30-3pm
Group Discussion Topic:  What impact PD had on your holiday activities
and how you coped with any issues that arose
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Sydni Aguirre, Dignity Health
Topic #1:  Brief introduction to a new program for caregivers
Guest Speaker #2:  Jonica Eberbach, TEVA
Topic #2:  Program to help patients pay for their medication
Guest Speaker #3:  Jodi Martin, yoga instructor
Topic #3:  The need for PD patients to participate in an exercise program
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)  – note new time as of January 2015
Wednesday, 1/7, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Leah Santos, PT, Dominican Hospital
Topic:  Demonstration of LSVT-BIG
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 1/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Brian Terres, Medtronic representative
Topic:  Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) – A Treatment for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Millbrae (Magnolia)
Thursday, 1/8, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Laura Enfield, naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist,
and John Roddy
Topic:  How working with a naturopathic doctor can be a support for your
general health and wellbeing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/8, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Stockton Fire Department
Topic:  Home emergency preparedness
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/9, 12:30-3:30pm (group meeting is from 1-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Jamie Pope-Rix, Lassen Counseling Services
Topics:  Staying healthy mentally, and stages of grief as it relates to
chronic diseases
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 1/10, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Sandra Robbins, Therapy Animals representative
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sutter Lakeside Hospital Physical Therapy Department
Topic:  Services for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 1/13, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Chrystal Pigee, Abbvie Parkinson’s Patient Advocacy
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Tuesday, 1/13, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, care partner
Topic:  PD and Medical Marijuana
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Email group leader
in advance.

Turlock  (meeting day in January might change to 1/21)
Wednesday, 1/14, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Len Lecci
Topic:  Maximizing Your Memory Health
RSVP?:  Preferred.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 1/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers #1:  Ed and Linda Avak, certified instructors
Topic #1:  Benefits of the Alexander Technique for PD
Guest Speaker #2:  Andrea Cordovez, music therapist
Topic #2:  Benefits of Music Therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 1/15, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Beth Lendrum
Topic:  The Healing Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 1/17, 9am-noon  (guest speaker is 11am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Peter Pressman, MD, UCSF Memory & Aging Center,
behavioral neurology fellow
Topic:  PD – Cognition and Emotions
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 1/21, 1-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Ariane Chapple, fundraising manager, The Parkinson’s
Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  “Less Talk! More Walk!” Walkathon
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS
Wednesday, 1/21, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rachman Chung, DC, chiropractic neurologist, Azzolino
Chiropractic, San Francisco
RSVP?:  Preferred.