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

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



Several Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for August 2016.  Plus there’s a new Spanish-language group at Stanford that I’ve included below (even though there’s no guest speaker or program…we’ll call that “editor’s privilege”).  😉  

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 summer,
Robin Riddle


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 8/2, 10am-noon  (speaker starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Denise Davis, Alzheimer’s Association
Topic:  The role of caregivers – a heart-felt presentation for PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Donna Rixmann, RYT, yoga therapist, YogaPeace
Topic:  Chair yoga
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Mark Cavallaro and Kaitlyn Wise, instructors, Roseville Health & Wellness Center
Topic:  Parkinson Wise exercise program
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 8/2, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker:  Rima Ash, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser San Francisco
Topics:  Current therapies for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 8/4, 3-4pm  (new time)
Guest Speaker:  Chief Lord, Half Moon Bay chief in charge of training for emergency procedures
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 8/5, 10am-noon
Program:  Divide into three groups – people with PD, caregivers, and a focus group to better understand why people don’t participate in PD research
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 8/5, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Justin Yin
Topic:  Physical therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 8/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, group leader
Topic:  Research update
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 8/9, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Laura Logsdon, RN, AbbVie
Topic #1:  Duopa continual infusion
Guest Speakers #2:  Charmaine Eng and other board members, Parkinson’s Patients Support Groups (PPSG)
Topic #2:  Starting a support group in Salinas
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 8/9, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Laurice Yang, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford Neurology
Topics:  What’s in the medication pipeline and research update, including new DBS types
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 8/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Leslie Hall, PhD, neuropsychologist, private practice, Menlo Park
Topics:  Neuropsychological aspects of PD and Parkinson’s Disease Dementia (or Lewy Body Dementia), and the role of neuropsychological testing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 8/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Jessica Huckaby, community relations, Care Indeed
Topic:  Laughter yoga – overview and experiential instruction
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 8/11, 1:30-3pm
Discussion topics:  Dealing with sleep issues in PD, and sharing useful resources
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 8/12, 1-3:30pm  (speaker from 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Brian Terres, Medtronic
Topics:  DBS and Parkinson’s medications
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 8/13, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Veronica Santini, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford Neurology
Topic:  Autonomic Dysfunction in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/16, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Christy Adams, RN, trauma prevention coordinator, UC Davis Stop Falls Coalition, Sacramento
Topic:  Fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/16, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Lorna Beccaria, RN, UCSF
Topics:  UCSF PD Supportive Care Clinic and clinical trials overview
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 8/17, 1:30-3:30pm
Discussion topic:  Solutions for daily living (such as eating utensils, managing medications, etc)
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Sutter
Wednesday, 8/17, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rudolph Schrot, MD, neurosurgeon, Sutter, Sacramento
Topic:  Neurosurgical issues
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Please phone Linda Ramatowski, NP, Sutter Health, 916-454-6936.

Palo Alto/Stanford Spanish-language Support Group
Wednesday, 8/17, 6-7:30pm  (new group)
Program:  New Spanish-language PD support group for those living with PD and family members.  Facilitated by Lorna Oyarce, Spanish medical interpreter for Stanford Neurosciences.
More Info

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 8/20, 9am-noon  (speakers 10:45am-noon)
Guest Speaker #1:  John Argue
Topic #1:  PD and the art of moving
Guest Speaker #2:  Jim Edlund
Topic #2:  Concourse d’Elegance fundraiser
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 8/22, 10am-noon  (new day as of January 2016)
Guest Speaker:  Beth Lendrum, self-help instructor for holistic health
RSVP?:  No.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Sunday, 8/28, 3-5pm  (speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Glen Pettibone, author of “Powerful Food and a Walk in the Sun”
Topic:  Parkinson’s relief in the supermarket
RSVP?:  No.

If you know of a PD support group meeting with a guest speaker, please pass the info along!

Finally….if you copy this guest speaker information elsewhere, please give credit to:  Robin Riddle, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach Program.  Credit is always appreciated 🙂