September 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 September 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.

What does it mean if a support group you sometimes attend isn’t listed below?  It might mean that the group doesn’t have its regular meeting this month, or the group is having a social event.  Or it might mean that this month’s meeting doesn’t have a guest speaker. Or it might mean that the guest speaker info didn’t arrive from the group in time to be added here.  If you are not a regular attendee of a group, it’s always a good idea to call the group leader to confirm the meeting!


Monday, 9/1, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Erin Vestal, DPT, NCS, physical therapist, Kaiser
Roseville and Lincoln
Topic:  Exercise and PD
RSVP?:  No.
Note:  Meeting day changed for September only.

Tuesday, 9/1, 1:30-3pm
Program:  “Ask the Experts” – getting answers to questions using online resources
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Richard Sauer, MD, neurologist, Roseville
Topic:  Q&A regarding PD
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 9/2, 1-2:30pm
Program:  “DBS Without the BS” – panel discussion with group members who have had DBS surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Scott Nichols, MD, psychiatrist, Enloe Behavioral Health
Topics:  Physical and psychological changes in PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 9/4, 10-11:45am  (guest speaker starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Casey Halpern, MD, neurosurgeon, Stanford University
Topic:  DBS for Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 9/4, 10:30am-noon
Program:  “Nutrition” video
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 9/8, 12-2pm
Program:  Split into two groups – those with PD and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/8, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Someone from San Joaquin Community Hospital
Topics:  Skin cancer and melanoma awareness
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 9/8, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jaya Faye Paley,
Topic:  Pole walking for balance and maintaining mobility
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 9/8, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Freddy Silva, coach, Rock Steady Boxing Peninsula, San Mateo
Topic:  Innovative exercise for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred if this is your first time.  Contact group leader Martha Gardner

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 9/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Stephne Lencioni, LCSW, certified geriatric care manager
Topics:  How long can I live at home with Parkinson’s?  Why would I need to move?  Where to?  And how can a geriatric care manager help?
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Susie Fazlollahi, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new Parkinson’s treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Alison Quinn, RD, dietitian, O’Connor Woods
Topic:  Importance of good nutrition
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 9/10, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Greg Tranah, PhD, CPMC Research Institute
Topic:  Mitochondrial DNA and its possible role in PD
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Contact Monica Volz

Saturday, 9/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist, private practice, Bakersfield
Topic:  Living well with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 9/14, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Carolyn Washington, education and outreach coordinator, HICAP Services of Northern California, West Sacramento office
Topic:  Unraveling the mysteries of Medicare and other health insurance
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, PDF Parkinson’s Research Advocate, Lakeport
Topic:  PD research status
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/15, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Christine Shade, DPT, NCS, physical therapist, Kaiser Roseville Rehabilitation Services
Topic:  Exercise for PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 9/15, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new Parkinson’s treatment
RSVP?:  Yes, required if you are not a resident of The Villages. Call group leader Alice Pratte, 408-223-8033, in advance as your name must be put on a list of those authorized to enter this gated community.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 9/16, 1:30-3:30pm
Program:  Video on DBS
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/16, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new Parkinson’s treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 9/17, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Representative from Rebuilding Together
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 9/19, 9am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Rita Gandhy, MD, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topics:  Current and future advances in PD research and treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 9/19, 10am-noon
Program:  Discussion on DBS (deep brain stimulation)
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa/Oakmont Village
Saturday, 9/19, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Susie Fazlollahi, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new Parkinson’s treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) at Kaiser
Monday, 9/21, 10am-noon
Program:  Discussion of behavioral concerns
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 9/22, 1-3pm  (guest speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Colleen Fischer, Moving Day Bay Area coordinator, National Parkinson Foundation
Topics:  NPF’s services and Moving Day program
RSVP?:  No.

Napa Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Sunday, 9/27, 3-5pm  (speaker starts at 4pm)
Guest Speaker:  Rafael Eldor, recent speaker at TEDxIDC, and PD patient visiting from Israel
Topic:  Beating PD through dance
RSVP?:  No.