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

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Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for July 2016.  Quite a few are not having meetings.  If you are in town, why don’t you check out a meeting or two?  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.)

Happy 4th,
Robin Riddle


Tuesday, 7/5, 10-11am  (Different day for July meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Deb Marweg, therapeutic yoga instructor, Now and Zen Yoga, Lodi
Topics:  Overview and demonstration of therapeutic yoga
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 7/5, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Guy Sheble, Silver Paws
Topic:  Training service dogs for veterans
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Gianni Muschetto, fire prevention officer, Cal Fire
Topics:  Defense space requirements and preparing for fire season
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Pam Petty, CMT, certified massage therapist, private practice
Topic:  Use of massage with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 7/5, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Anne Hall, attorney
Topics:  Legal issues in working with PD (telling your co-workers and employer, reasonable accommodation, disability, etc)
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Monica Volz.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 7/6, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jerry Solomon, PhD, clinical psychologist
Topics:  “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” – Understanding anxiety and depression
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 7/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Brian Terres, representative, Medtronic
Topic:  Medications and Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 7/7, 2:30-3:30pm  (new time)
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, physical therapist
Topics:  Recommended exercises and physical guidelines for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 7/8, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Rita Gandhy, MD, MPH, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 7/9, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF Neurology
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 7/11, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Anne Spaller, representative, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center
Topics:  Agency’s purpose and how they can be of help to PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 7/12, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rosemary Robles, Senior Drive Ombudsman
Topics:  Safe driving practices, traffic safety, and when it is time to
get out from behind the wheels
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 7/12, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Jennifer Larsen, certified trainer and instructor of PD exercise classes
Topics:  Importance and demonstration of PD exercises
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours
in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader.

Wednesday, 7/13, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa system for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, requested.  Email Paul Barnes.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 7/13, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Lising, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford Neurology
Topic:  How does someone get diagnosed with PD or parkinsonism, and what’s the UPDRS?
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 7/14, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Charles Symes, CEO, Alegre Home Care
Topics:  Operation and regulation of home care agencies
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 7/16, 9am-noon  (speakers 10:45am-noon)
Guest Speakers:  Angela Rusher, physical therapist, Kaiser, and Diana Storti, speech/language pathologist, Kaiser
Topics:  “Exercise is the Best Medicine” – preventing falls, improving balance, and voice therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/19, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 7/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Casey Halpern, MD, neurosurgeon, Stanford Neurosurgery
Topic:  Overview of DBS surgery at Stanford
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 7/21, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Ward, The Fall Prevention Lady
RSVP?:  No.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Sunday, 7/24, 3-5pm  (speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Mary Bass, director of public policy, Americans for Cures Foundation
Topic:  Report back to public on $3 billion in stem cell research funding
RSVP?:  No.