July 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 July 2015.  Here’s what’s happening at a support group near you.

Do you need to know the meeting location, day/time, contact info, and how to RSVP if required?  Please refer to the Stanford Parkinson’s website for all Northern and Central California support groups.**********************

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 7/1, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rita Gandhy, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  New Treatments for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/6, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Katerina Venderova, PharmD, PhD, University of Pacific
Topics:  Genetics of PD, and New Targets for Treatment
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 7/7, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Love Miller, California Telephone Access Program
Topic:  CTAP – free phone program for those who qualify
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/7, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Two group members’ most recent experience with DBS
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Liz Baeza, American Pacific Reverse Mortgage Group,
Topics:  Pros and cons of reverse mortgages, and recent modifications to
the program
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 7/7, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker:  Rima Ash, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser San
Topic:  Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/California Pacific Medical Center
Wednesday, 7/8, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker #1:  Arshia Sadreddin, MD, movement disorder specialist, CPMC
Topic #1:  Non-motor Symptoms of PD
Guest Speaker #2:  Gregory Tranah, PhD, scientist, CPMC Research Institute
Topic #2:  Parkinson’s Research
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Jessica Fong, CPMC, 415-600-7886

Palo Alto
Wednesday, 7/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford Neurology
Topics:  Mind, Mood, and Memory in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 7/9, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topics:  PD Management Guidelines and Resources
Discussion Facilitated By:  Dorothy McAfee, group member
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 7/9, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Erica Byrd, MD, UCSF movement disorder fellow
Topic:  Highlights of the Movement Disorder Society Conference
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Email Monica Volz, monica.volz@ucsf.edu

Friday, 7/10, 1-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Pam Brooks, RD, dietitian, Vibra Healthcare Nutrition
Dept., Redding
Topic:  Nutrition and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 7/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Abbas Medhi, MD, neurologist, Fresno
Topic:  Update on Parkinson’s Medications
RSVP?:  No.

Los Altos Young Parkinson’s
Saturday, 7/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Fahd Khan, MD, neurosurgeon, California Neurological Institute
Topic:  New Advances in DBS
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 7/13, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Chrystallyn Lewis, financial advisor
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/14, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Karla Cruz-Thoman, group leader
Topics:  BIG and LOUD Therapies for Parkinson’s Patients
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 7/14, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Fahd Khan, MD, neurosurgeon, California Neurological
Institute, Los Gatos
Topics:  Making DBS Easier and Safer for Parkinson’s Patients
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 7/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Beth Corwin, memory specialist
Topics:  Preserving and Building Cognitive Function
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred if this is your first time.  Email Martha
Gardner, mgapda@gmail.com

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 7/15, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rohit Dhall, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  DBS Therapy at The Parkinson’s Institute
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 7/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Chris Evans, RN, Sacramento POLST Coalition and Dignity
Topics:  POLST and Other End-of-Life Matters
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 7/18, 10am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Caroline Racine Belkoura, PhD, neuropsychologist, UCSF
Surgical Movement Disorders Center
Topics:  Memory, Thinking, and Mood in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Monday, 7/20, 10am-noon
Topic:  Neuropsychological Testing
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception
Desk, 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 7/21, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Chrystal Pigee, AbbVie, Parkinson’s Advocate
Topic:  PD Advocate Program
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Gloria Browner, dance instructor
Topics:  PD Dancing and Tai Chi
RSVP?:  No.

Napa Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Sunday, 7/26, 3-5pm  (guest speaker from 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Sherrie Gould, NP
Topic:  Summit4StemCell
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 7/28, 1-3pm (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Susie Fazlollahi, RD, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – A New Treatment for PD
RSVP?:  No.