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

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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
parkinsons.stanford.edu

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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.

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

Roseville
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.

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

Lakeport
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.

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

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

Redding
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.

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

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

Modesto
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.

Folsom
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 🙂