Feb 2015, Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern/Central California

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

Monday, 2/2, 10-11am
Guest Speaker #1:  Darlene Isbell, partner of someone with Parkinson’s
Topic #1:  Nutrition
Guest Speaker #2:  George Johnston, PANC
Topic #2:  Living with PD and a service dog
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/3, 1:30-3pm
Group Discussion Topic:  Dealing with dyskinesia.  Discussion will be
aided by Dr. Michael Okun’s blog post and excerpts from two DVDs.
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Christopher Boyd, chief of police, Citrus Heights
Topic:  Scams designed to separate seniors from their money
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/3, 1:30-3:30pm
Discussion Topic:  Parkinson’s Aware in Care Kit
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser  – note new day as of January 2015
Tuesday, 2/3, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker Group #1:  Rock Steady Boxing San Francisco
Guest Speaker Group #2:  Dance for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)  – note new time as of January 2015
Wednesday, 2/4, 1-2:30pm
Panel Topic:  Remembering loved ones who had PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 2/4, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic:  Your experience, questions, and suggestions about
with PD and medications
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 2/5, 10-11:30am
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.

Thursday, 2/5, 10-11:15am
Program:  Viewing and discussing “Capturing Grace”
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 2/6, 10-11:45am  (program starts about 10:20am)
Entertainment/Program:  The Tap Dancing Divas
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/6, 10:30am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Parkinson’s Unity Walk
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 2/7, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, Valley Parkinson Clinic, Los
Topic:  Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 2/9, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Carol Kinsel, owner, Senior Care Solutions
Topics:  In-home care, facilities, and communities
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Arch Kottler
Topic:  Benefits of tai chi to PD
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 2/10, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Divide into two discussion groups – those with PD and care
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Tuesday, 2/10, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Andrea Cordovez, music therapist
Topic:  Benefits of Music Therapy for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Email group leader
in advance.

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 2/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Megan DePuy, speech/language pathologist, Stanford
University Medical Center and private practice in San Mateo
Topic:  Treatment Options – Speech, Voice, and Swallowing in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 2/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Peter Pressman, MD, behavioral neurology fellow,
UCSF Memory & Aging Clinic, San Francisco
Topic:  Cognition and Emotion in PD
RSVP?:  Yes, requested.  Email group leader in advance.

Thursday 2/12, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic:  Food as Medicine
Facilitator:  Group member
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/13, 12:30-3:30pm  (group meeting is from 1-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Niko Kuyper, marketing representative, Northern
Rehab, Redding
Topics:  Staying safe at home, and different devices that can help with
this goal
RSVP?:  No.

Grass Valley
Friday, 2/13, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Brief presentation by Kristin Jenkins, community sales
director, Atria Grass Valley
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 2/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ismael Anda, senior ombudsman, DMV
Topic:  DMV Services
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Dan Anderson
Topic:  Speech, Swallowing, and Communication for PD Patients
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS
Wednesday, 2/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Panel on DBS Experiences with Lee Schwager and David
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Contact group leader in advance.

Sacramento DBS/UC Davis  – note new group as of February 2015
Wednesday, 2/18, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sasha Duffy, MD, movement disorder fellow, UC Davis
Topics:  Impulse Control Disorders and Dopamine Dysregulation
Syndrome in PD
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Contact group leader in advance.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 2/21, 9am-noon  (main program 10am-noon)
2-Group Program (9-10am):  Divide into two groups — Parkinsonians
and caregivers
3-Group Program (10:40am-noon):  Divide into three groups —
Parkinsonians only, caregivers only, and DBS
RSVP?:  No.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Sunday, 2/22, 3-5pm  (guest speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Tama Adelman, retired RN and yoga instructor
Topic:  Yoga class she is starting for the PD community in Napa
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/23, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Vy Nguyen, OT, occupational therapist, Washington
Hospital Fremont

RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 2/24, 1-3pm  (guest speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Torri Campbell, dance instructor, presenting Dave
Iverson’s film “Capturing Grace”
RSVP?:  No.