June 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 June 2016.  Why don’t you check out a meeting or two and enjoy some air-conditioning?  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 a guest speaker or specific program, the group doesn’t have its regular meeting this month, the group has a social event, 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!  (See the link above for the group leader’s contact info.)

Stay cool,
Robin Riddle


Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 6/1, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF Neurology
Topic:  Complexities of medication management for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Butte County Behavioral Health representative
Topic:  Emotional support for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 6/2, 2:30-3:30pm  (new time)
Guest Speaker:  Jetta van Hemert, physical therapist
Topic:  Possibility of starting a PD exercise class
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 6/3, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Tammi Rose,
Topic:  Awareness and Awakenings – The Benefits of Mindfulness
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 6/4, 1-3:15pm  (speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Kevin Kwok, person with PD and board member of Davis Phinney Foundation
Topic:  Taking control of PD and your life
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 6/6, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – treatment option for some PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 6/7, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker: Jerrod Sieberg, senior driver ombudsman, California DMV
Topic:  Codes that determine whether PD patients are eligible to drive
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Trudi Riley-Quinn, elder law attorney, Roseville
Topic:  Senior legal and life issues
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 6/7, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speakers:  Rebecca Hartman, PT, and Debbie Hopkins, PT, physical therapists, Kaiser SF
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 6/7, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Philip Starr, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, UCSF Neurosurgery
Topic:  Brain radio research
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Monica Volz, RN, UCSF

Wednesday, 6/8, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  J.P. Hamel, OD, optometrist, Turlock Eyecare Optometric
Topic:  PD and vision
RSVP?:  Yes, requested.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 6/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rita Gandhy, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist,
Peninsula Private Neurology, Menlo Park
Topic:  Cognitive Issues (including dementia) in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/9, 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, 6/9, 1:30-3pm
Discussion Topic:  Do you have a tip for a good night’s sleep?
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 6/10, 1-3:30pm  (program begins at 1pm)
Guest Speaker:  Laura Logsdon, RN, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa continual infusion
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 6/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Monica Rivera, DPT, physical therapist, Cal State
Fresno Dept. of Physical Therapy, and Audrey Tan, DPT, physical
therapist and yoga instructor, Fig Garden Yoga Studio
Topic:  Recent studies on treatment for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 6/13, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Michael Blanchard, MD, palliative medicine, Sutter Yuba City
Topic:  Hospice care
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 6/13, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF and SF VA
Topic:  Delaying PD – where are we now?
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 6/14, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Susie Fazlollahi, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – newly-approved treatment option for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 6/15, 1:30-3:30pm
Program:  Show PDF webinar on “What’s in the Pipeline? – Gene and Cell Therapies” (April 2016)
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/15, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  David Fredericks, DPT, physical therapist, Healthsouth
Topic:  Physical therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Isabel Nuno, HICAP advocate, Merced Area Agency on Aging
Topic:  Update on Medicare, scams, and fraud
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 6/18, 9am-noon  (program 10:45am-noon)
Program:  Divide into three groups – extended Parkinsonians only,
caregivers only, and DBS (deep brain stimulation) group
RSVP?:  No.

Carmichael Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Mercy San Juan
Monday, 6/16, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Emotional wellness for both those living with PD and their supportive others
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  RSVP to Linda Trettin, PhD, Mercy San Juan,

Tuesday, 6/21, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Christine Epperson, Roseville Rock Steady Boxing
Topic:  Boxing for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Sunday, 6/26, 3-5pm  (speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Debbie Sternbach, artistic director, Dance Moves Me! For Parkinson’s, Woodrow Thompson, dance instructor, and Richard Cox, film producer
Topics:  “Feeling Good” video plus seated, demo PD dance class
RSVP?:  No.