May 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 May 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!



Monday, 5/2, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Pam Byrne, PhD, RN, Transitions Program, Hospice of San Joaquin, Lodi
Topic:  Overview of programs to help people celebrate their days
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 5/3, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Scott McIntosh, pharmacy manager, Amador County Walmart Pharmacy
Topic:  PD medications
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Ward, Fall Prevention Lady
Topics:  Fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 5/4, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Lucille Des Jardin, attorney
Topic:  Practical estate planning – peace of mind and a gift to survivors
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 5/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Joni Sample
Topics:  Your brain and your attitude – how they help you right now
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 5/5, 2:30-3:30pm  (new time)
Guest Speaker:  Sarah Thornhill, San Mateo County Fall Prevention Task Force
Topic:  Fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 5/6, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Dedra Jize, geriatric care manager, Law Office of Roy W. Litherland, Campbell
Topics:  Life planning, long-term care, and emergency situations
RSVP?:  No.

Visalia (Central Valley)
Friday, 5/6, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Robert Dahill, PT, physical therapist, Kaweah Delta Hospital Rehab
Topic:  Physical therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 5/7, 1-3:15pm  (speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  John Samples, PhD, speech/language pathologist, and Kate Williams, speech/language pathologist, Santa Rosa Speech & Language Services, Santa Rosa
Topics:  Speech and swallowing difficulties with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 5/9, 3-4:30pm  (new time this month only)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF and SF VA
Topic:  Delaying PD – where are we now?
RSVP?:  No.

Auburn Caregivers
Tuesday, 5/10, noon-1:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Nevins, executive director, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, Citrus Heights
Topic:  Understanding the complexity of and moving through grief
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 5/10, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeanine Yip, DPT, NCS, neurologic physical therapist, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Monterey
Topics:  PWR! program and effective movement
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 5/10, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Veronica Santini, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford University
Topic:  Finding the right medications for your PD
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, 5/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Diana Blum, MD, neurologist, Peninsula Private Neurology, Menlo Park
Topics:  Things to discuss with your neurologist – symptoms, exercise, memory issues, and research participation
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Laura Logsdon, RN, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/12, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic:  Do you have a tip for a good night’s sleep?
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 5/13, 1-3:30pm  (program begins at 1pm)
Guest Speakers:  Parkinson’s Patients Support Groups representatives
Topic:  General Parkinson’s Q&A
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 5/14, 10am-noon
Program:  Small group discussion
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Kaiser
Monday, 5/16, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Non-motor concerns
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  RSVP to Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 5/17, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Christine Epperson, Roseville Rock Steady Boxing
Topic:  Boxing for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Eric Egli, PhD, psychologist, Kaiser Roseville Behavioral Medicine
Topic:  Living with the challenge of PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Villages
Tuesday, 5/17, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Shenly Glenn, CEO, Miro, San Francisco
Topic:  Community-based study of non-motor aspects of neurological disorders
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, 5/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, Valley Parkinson Clinic, Los Gatos
Topic:  Current research on DBS
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  George Johnston, attorney, DBS PD patient, and author
Topic:  PD experience
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 5/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Paul McCarthy, director, Fit4U Fitness Center, Sacramento
Topic:  PWR! Moves program
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/19, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Janet Hilliard, poet, novelist, and dance group member
Topic:  Creativity therapy benefits
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 5/21, 9am-noon  (guest speaker 10:45am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Nicholas Galifianakis, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topic:  Filling the gap in treatment – non-motor symptoms and neuro-protection
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 5/23, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Shirley White, estate lawyer
Topic:  Estate planning
RSVP?:  No.