January 2016, PD Support Groups – Guest Speakers/Programs, Northern and Central California

Happy New Year!

Several Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for January 2016.  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.

Stay dry,
Robin Riddle


Monday, 1/4, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Don Allen, Canine Companions for Independence
Topic:  Service Dogs for Different Needs
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  John Grippe, LVN, care manager, Harlow’s Help at Home, Placerville
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)/UCSF
Tuesday, 1/5, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, neurologist, UCSF
Discussion Topics:  PD Medications and Non-Medication Therapies
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Monica Volz.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 1/6, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Steven Roberts, MD, urologist, PAMF Santa Cruz
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 1/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Scott and Julie Corporon, Corporon Law
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/8, 1-3:30pm  (speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Shasta Senior Nutrition Program
Note:  January meeting location is at SSNP, Mercy Oaks campus, 100 Mercy Oaks Dr.
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/8, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Remy, person with PD and artist
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 1/9, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Cong Zhi Zhao, MD, movement disorder specialist, University Neurology Associates, UCSF Fresno
Topic:  Updates in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 1/11, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Terry Adair, DDS, retired
Topic:  Nutrition for PD Patients
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 1/12, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Monte Leighton, family service counselor, Hillcrest Memorial Park
Topic:  End-of-Life Planning
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 1/12, 6:30-8pm
Discussion Topic:  Sleep
Note:  See group leader’s list of TED talks, other online videos, and articles to review.
RSVP?:  Yes, requested if this is your first time attending meeting.  Contact group leader Martha Gardner at least a day before meeting.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 1/13, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Narayan Brach, clinical psychology graduate student, PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium
Topic:  Applying Mindfulness in Coping with the Stress of PD or PD Caregiving – Neuroscience Research and Skill Building
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/14, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Evaldo dal Poggetto, opera singer
Topic:  Voice strengthening through voice training by singing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/14, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Robert Halliwell, PhD, pharmacologist, University of the Pacific
Topic:  Update on Stem Cell Research at UofP
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/UCSF DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 1/14, 6-8pm
Program:  National Geographic’s “Brain Surgery Live” program
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Monica Volz.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Friday, 1/15, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Vanessa Kettler, balance and fall prevention expert
Topic:  Building Better Balance
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek
Saturday, 1/16, 9am-Noon  (guest speaker 11am-Noon)
Guest Speaker:  Dave Iverson, journalist
Topic:  Building Hope – Addition in the Face of Subtraction
RSVP?:  No.

Carmichael/Post-DBS Class (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Monday, 1/18, 10am-Noon
Topics:  New year’s resolutions to engender motivation.  Pre- and post-DBS neuropsychological issues.
Discussion Facilitated By:  Linda Trettin, PhD, neuropsychologist
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Call group leader Linda Trettin, PhD, 916-453-7942.

Tuesday, 1/19, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Marsha Kilian, RYT, Yoga for Living with Parkinson’s, Rocklin
Topic:  Yoga for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/19, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Kimberly Lanni, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist, Valley Psychological Center, Roseville
Topic:  Psychosocial Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Villages
Tuesday, 1/19, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Peter Lin, MD, movement disorder specialist, Valley Parkinson Clinic, Los Gatos
Topics:  General overview of PD, and wearable technology research
RSVP?:  Yes, required, if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Call group leader Alice Pratte, 408-223-8033, well in advance of meeting as your name must be put on a list of those authorized to enter this gated community.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 1/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topics:  Medications and Treatment Agents in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 1/21, 10am-Noon
Guest Speaker #1:  EMT/firefighter
Topic #1:  What we need to know to help their job if they ever need to respond to our emergencies
Guest Speaker #2:  Sheri Hoffman, attorney
Topic #2:  Wills, trusts, and estate planning
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/21, 10am-Noon
Guest Speaker:  Ann Baucom, travel agent and owner, Merced Travel
Topic:  Traveling with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Ward, Fall Prevention Lady, Sacramento
Topic:  Fall Prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 1/23, 10:30am-Noon
Guest Speaker:  Han Lee, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser
Topic:  Your Circle of Care
RSVP?:  Requested.  Call Ann, 510-832-8029, or email PD Active Forum.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Sunday, 1/24, 3-5pm  (guest speaker from 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Chrystallyn Lewis, AbbVie, PD patient advocate program
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/25, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sue Buff, PD California Network
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Tuesday, 1/26, 1-3pm  (program from 1-2pm)
Program:  “Charlie Rose Brain Series,” episode on Parkinson’s Disease (and Huntington’s Disease), aired June 14, 2012
RSVP?:  No.