April 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 April 2016.  Plus I added a couple of non-support group events I learned about.  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 spring,


San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 4/1, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker #1:  Cheryl Bartholomew, RN, volunteer advance health care
directive counselor, El Camino Hospital Health Library
Topic #1:  Advance Health Care Directives
Guest Speaker #2:  Lorna Beccaria, RN, UCSF Movement Disorders and
Neuromodulation Center
Topic #2:  Participating in a study to see if supportive care helps PD
Guest Speaker #3:  Susan Denison, donor services manager, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic #3:  “More Talk, More Walk” fundraiser
RSVP?:  No.

Visalia (Central Valley)
Friday, 4/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ronald Ziman, MD, movement disorder specialist,
NeuroCommunity Foundation, West Hills
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco
Saturday, 4/2, 9-10:30am or 11am-12:30pm
Parkinson’s 101 – What You and Your Family Should Know About PD
Location:  Gatehouse at Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd.
9am Speaker:  Nick Galifianakis, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
11am Speaker:  James Maas, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Note:  Free.  Though the speaker is different, topics covered at the two
times are identical.
RSVP?:  Required by 4/1 since space is limited.  Contact Colleen
Fischer, National Parkinson Foundation, phone 925-421-6737, email
Organized by Moving Day Bay Area, UCSF Parkinson’s Disease Clinic, and
UCSF Surgical Movement Disorders Center

Saturday, 4/2, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD, director, Parkinson’s Disease
Research, Education and Clinical Center, SF VA, San Francisco
Topic:  The role evolving technologies can play in your PD
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred; email PD Active Forum, pdaforum@pdactive.org
Requested $10 donation.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 4/2, 1-3:15pm  (speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Lising, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford University
Topics:  Hospitalization, drug interactions, mood, cognitive, and sleep
RSVP?:  No.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Sunday, 4/3, 3-5pm
Program:  Two discussion groups – people with PD and support people
Note:  special day since March meeting was cancelled (Easter holiday)
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 4/4, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Nevins, executive director, Del Oro Caregiver
Resource Center, Citrus Heights
Topic:  Services to support caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 4/5, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jodie Rodriguez, RD, clinical dietitian, Sonora Regional
Medical Center
Topic:  Nutrition
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 4/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Rose Firestone, former board member, PD Active
Topic:  Dandruff to digestion – the many non-motor aspects of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 4/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Susan Feldman, community relations, BrightStar Care,
Guest Speaker #2:  Paul Kelly, administrator, Daycation for Seniors, Rocklin
Guest Speaker #3:  Stefani Wilson, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center,
Citrus Heights
Topic:  Caregiver resources
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 4/5, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Rock Steady Boxing representative
Guest Speaker #2:  Dance for PD representative
Topic:  Exercise
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)/UCSF
Tuesday, 4/5, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Karen Ring, PhD, website manager, California Institute
for Regenerative Medicine
Topic:  Future of stem cell therapies for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred; email Monica Volz, monica.volz@ucsf.edu

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 4/6, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Foster Anderson, Shared Adventures
Guest Speaker #2:  Theresa Loback-Campbell, AAA
Topic:  Travel options for seniors and people with disabilities
RSVP?:  No.

Brentwood  (new group as of April 2016)
Friday, 4/8, 11am-12:30pm
Program:  Potluck lunch followed by Mike Meredith, Concord, who has been
attending Rock Steady Boxing San Francisco classes
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Sue Schnittker, phone 925-550-2756

Friday, 4/8, 1-3:30pm  (guest speakers begin at 1pm)
Guest Speaker #1:  Janet Chance, MD, neurologist, Newport Beach
Topic #2:  Living well with Parkinson’s
Guest Speaker #2:  Lonnie Kompelien, sales operations, Global Kinetics
Topic #2:  Parkinson’s KinetiGraph (PKG) watch
RSVP?:  No.
Note:  Annual Parkinson’s Conference has been cancelled

Saturday, 4/9, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Matthew Norton, DC, chiropractor, Norton Chiropractic
Wellness Center, Fresno
Topic:  How chiropractic care can benefit PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 4/12, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Steven Jelmini, DPT, physical therapist, Glinn &
Giordano Physical Therapy, Bakersfield
Topics:  BIG and LOUD therapy for PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 4/12, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Divide into two groups — people with Parkinson’s and care
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 4/12, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Rohit Dhall, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topics:  New and experimental therapies at The Parkinson’s Institute
RSVP?:  Yes, requested if this is your first time attending meeting.
Contact group leader Martha Gardner, mgapda@gmail.com, at least a day
before meeting.

Wednesday, 4/13, 1-2pm
Guest Speakers:  Sarah Cordoza, OT and Cheryl Beauchamp, OT,
occupational therapists, Brandel Manor, Turlock
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 4/13, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Libby Hagman, RN, clinical outreach, and Anthony
Lupian, LCSW, Transitions program, Mission Hospice and Home Care, San Mateo
Topics:  Palliative care, hospice at home, and hospice house – what
services are recommended for PD and what’s new
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 4/14, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Sherry Plembeck, director of marketing, The Magnolia,
Topic:  Senior living options
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 4/14, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Bing Hui, director, Tai Chi Institute of Stockton
Topic:  Benefits of tai chi
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 4/16, 9am-noon  (guest speakers 10:45am-noon)
Program:  Panel discussion on DBS (deep brain stimulation), moderated by
Art Fowler, and short video.
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 4/19, 10-11am
New meeting location:  Granite Springs Community Church, 1170 E. Joiner
Guest Speaker:  Susan Feldman, community relations, BrightStar Care,
Topic:  Expanded care options
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 4/19, 1:30-3pm
Guests:  Joe Burger, Parkinson’s patient, Napa, and his service dog Zoie
Topic:  Joe’s story and how, through trial and error, to train a service dog
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Villages
Tuesday, 4/19, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Fahd Kahn, MD, neurosurgeon, California Neurological
Institute, San Jose
Topic:  New, faster approach for DBS (deep brain stimulation)
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

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 4/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Program:  Watch Parkinson’s Disease Foundation webinar recording of
“Nutrition and PD,” Heather Zwickey, PhD, immunologist, National College
of Natural Medicine, Portland
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 4/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rita Gandhy, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Latest PD treatments and what’s in the pipeline at The
Parkinson’s Institute
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/UC Davis
Wednesday, 4/20, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  George Johnston, author of “The Unexpected Journey”
Topic:  Life Post-DBS
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  RSVP to Karla Lindstrom, UC Davis, phone
916-734-6282, email karla.lindstrom@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

Thursday, 4/21 10am-noon
Annual Parkinson’s Symposium
Guest Speaker:  Rita Gandhy, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Call Mission Gardens, phone 209-384-3300

Thursday, 4/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Katie Conklin, RDH, president, Oral Health Awareness
Society, Stockton
Topic:  Adult oral health and its vital connection to healthy life,
especially for people with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 4/25, 7-9:30pm
Program:  One discussion topic – participation in Moving Day Silicon Valley
RSVP?:  No.