March 2016, Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs, Northern and Central California

Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have
guest speakers or programs planned for March 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.

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, that this month’s meeting doesn’t have a guest speaker, or
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!

Happy Leap Day!


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 3/1, 10am-noon
Program:  Watch “Delay the Disease,” a functional fitness video for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 3/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Larry Lighty, group member
Topic:  23andMe
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 3/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Kelly Dinwiddie, 24 Hour Nautilus
Topic #1:  Silver sneaker program
Guest Speaker #2:  Alison Wilson, regional account manager, US WorldMeds
Topic #2:  Apokyn – self-injection medication
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)/UCSF
Tuesday, 3/1, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Andreea Seritan, MD, psychiatrist, UCSF
Topic:  Dealing with a PD diagnosis
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Monica Volz,

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 3/2, 1-2:30pm
Program #1:  “Living with Parkinson’s” – group members talking about their PD experiences
Program #2:  Break into two groups – PwP and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 3/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest:  Feather River Hospice
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 3/3, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Alison Wilson, regional account manager, US WorldMeds
Topic:  Apokyn – self-injection medication
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 3/3, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Evaldo dal Poggetto, voice coach and retired opera singer
Topic:  Voice coaching
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 2/5, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Damara Vita Ganley, PD dance instructor
Topic:  Dance for Parkinson’s class at Stanford Balance Center
RSVP?:  No.

Visalia (Central Valley)
Friday, 3/4, 9am-2:30pm
Parkinson’s Symposium
Location:  Wyndham Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Dr., Visalia
Free.  Lunch provided.
RSVP?:  Yes, required as space very limited.  Register with Colleen Fischer, National Parkinson Foundation,, 925-421-6737.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 3/5, 1-3:15pm  (speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Nicholas Galifianakis, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF/SF VA
Topic:  Filling the gaps in PD treatment – non-motor symptoms and neuroprotection
RSVP?:  No.

El Dorado Hills
Tuesday, 3/8, noon-2pm
Program:  View part of “Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials” DVD (Davis Phinney Foundation)
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 3/8, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Yvonne Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist in private practice, Bakersfield
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 3/8, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Alejandro Centurion, MD, neurologist in private practice, Carmel
Topic:  Addressing the needs of people with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 3/8, 6:30-8pm
(Location for March meeting only:  Stanford Health Library – Room 201, second floor, 211 Quarry Road, Palo Alto)
Guest Speaker:  Carmen Huddleston, librarian, Stanford Health Library
Topic:  Screening info sources regarding new and non-mainstream therapies
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, 3/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, Sunnyvale
Topics:  Latest PD treatments and what’s in the pipeline at The Parkinson’s Institute
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Lorna Beccaria, RN, UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center
Topic:  Clinical trial involving whether supportive care affects outcomes in PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/10, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Share tips, ideas, devices, and tools that might be use to others
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/UCSF
Thursday, 3/10, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topic:  Supportive care study
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Monica Volz

Friday, 3/11, 1-3:30pm  (speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speakers:  Michelle Widolff, PharmD, medical science liaison, andAmanda Balbuena, account manager, Lundbeck
Topic:  Northera and overview of orthostatic hypotension
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 3/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Robert Howk, senior senator for Fresno/Madera counties
Topic:  Changing laws that affect PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri County)
Monday, 3/14, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Debbie Short, Planning for Seniors, Yuba City
Topics:  Financial planning for seniors
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 3/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, group member
Topic:  Status of PD research as reported at Parkinson’s Action Network Forum
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 3/15, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Catherine Nishikawa, RD, nutrition manager, Sutter Faith Auburn Hospital
Topic:  Good nutrition for PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Villages
Tuesday, 3/15, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Thomas, pharmacist
Topics:  Over-the-counter medication and prescription medication
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.

Wednesday, 3/16, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Walt Cooley, Boies Pharmacy, Turlock
Topic:  PD medications – old and new
Then break into two groups – caregivers and “Parkies”
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/17, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – new treatment for advanced PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 3/17, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Candice Kodama, hospice care facilities coordinator, Dignity Health
Topics:  Hospice and palliative care
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/17, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Discussion topic – value of music for PD; sing-a-long to Irish music
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 3/19, 9am-noon  (guest speakers 10:45am-noon)
Guest Speakers:  Rock Steady Boxing coaches
Program:  Demonstrate this PD exercise program
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Kaiser
Monday, 3/21, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Exercise and DBS technology
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  RSVP to Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860

Monday, 3/28, 79:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Tammy Duran, Fremont Life Elder Care
Topic:  Their four programs, including fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.