November 2015, PD Support Groups – Guest Speakers/Programs, Northern and Central California

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

Do you need to know the support group 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.

Stanford Parkinson’s website

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.  Last but not least, it could mean that I messed up.  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, 11/2, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Maria Ventura, PhD, postdoctoral research fellow, UCSF Division of Geriatrics
Topic:  Multi-modal exercise interventions for people with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 11/3, 10am-noon  (guest speaker begins about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Eileen Phillips, HICAP counselor, Sonora Office of Area 12 Agency on Aging
Topic:  Medicare Part D
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/3, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Demonstration of PD dance exercises and group participation, led by group members Larry and Frances Morgan
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/3, 1:30-3:30pm
Program:  HICAP counselor meeting with each member individually about Medicare Part D
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 11/4, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Dorie Melville, SLP, speech therapist, Dominican Outpatient Rehabilitation
Topics:  Improving speech clarity and loudness in daily life with Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 11/5, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new Parkinson’s treatment
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 11/6, 10-11:45am
Program:  Divide into two discussion groups — those with Parkinson’s and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 11/6, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Nicole Burnham, Tulare County District Attorney’s Office
Topic:  Fraud for seniors
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 11/7, 1-3:15pm  (program from 1-2pm)
Program:  “Show & Tell” your hobbies, handiwork, and helpful devices for Parkinsonians.  Tour tables and talk to creative people.
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 11/9, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Richard Mootz, investment advisor
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 11/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Barbara Nuckols, MFT, therapist, Konocti Senior Support
Topic:  Assistance with life transitions
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 11/10, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist, private practice, Bakersfield
Topic:  Question and answer
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 11/10, 6:30-8pm  (note different location for November meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Lising, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topics:  Non-motor symptoms
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred if this is your first time.  Email group leader Martha Gardner
Location for November meeting:  Stanford Health Library, Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Suite 201, Palo Alto

Wednesday, 11/11, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Sandy Gaskell, SLP, speech therapist, Turlock
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 11/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Veronica Santini, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Constipation, urination, sexual dysfunction, and orthostatic hypotension
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Sarah Eggen-Thornhill, OT, health educator, San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force
Topic:  Fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Michele Nevins, executive director, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, Citrus Heights
Topic:  Caregiver resources provided by the Del Oro CRC
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 11/12, 6-8pm
Program:  Discussion of National Geographic episode showing first DBS surgery live
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Email Monica Volz

Friday, 11/13, 1-3:30pm  (speaker from 1:30-3pm; note new meeting time)
Guest Speaker:  Margaret McNamara, family advocate, Passages Caregiver Resource Center, Chico
Topics:  Depression and dementia
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 11/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Yee Vue, MSW, Valley Caregiver Resource Center, Fresno
Topic:  Stress – things you should know and what you can do about it
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 11/14, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  William Langston, MD, movement disorder specialist and founder, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  New research findings and their implications for people with Parkinson’s Disease today
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Email PD Active
Fee:  Requested $10 donation

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) at Kaiser
Monday, 11/16, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Speech issues and DBS
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Please phone Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860.

Tuesday, 11/17, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Natalie Rioridin, Bowenworks, Sun City Lincoln Hills
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Jim Drews, volunteer, Auburn Police Department
Topics:  Senior scamming
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Otis Hutchinson, group member
Topic:  Traveling with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 11/19, 10am-noon
Discussion Topics:  PANC October conference; “Being Mortal” book and TED talk
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 11/21, 9am-noon  (guest speaker 10:45am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Cindy Gershen, Sunrise Bistro owner, “Fat Chance Cookbook” author
Topic:  Change the Food, Change the Future
RSVP?:  No.