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

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



Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for September 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 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.)

Enjoy the last days of summer,


Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 9/1, 3-4pm  (new time)
Guest Speaker:  Ruth Horsfall, speech therapist
Topics:  Effects of PD on speech and swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 9/2, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Diron Cassidy, physical therapist
Topic:  Physical therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 9/2, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Rochelle Dardeau
Topic:  Dementia
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/6, 10-11am  (Different day for September meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Randy Rosa, elder law expert
Topics:  MediCal – law, eligibility, and protecting your home
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 9/6, 10am-noon  (programstarts about 10:30am)
Program:  Watching “Delay the Disease,” an exercise video featuring
David Zid
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/6, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Discussion on how your life is going – triumphs over PD and disappointments with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Nancy Barcal, Granite Bay Speech Therapy
Topic:  SpeechEasy – anti-stuttering device for PD speech
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 9/7, 1-2:30pm
Program:  Living with PD – panel of group members sharing their experiences
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/8, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Mi Seitelman, corrective exercise specialist, Stockton
Topics:  Exercise for better balance and movement
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 9/9, 1-3:30pm  (speaker starts at 1:30pm)
Guest Speaker:  Shanhong Lu, MD, PhD, Mt. Shasta Integrative Medicine, Mt. Shasta
Topics:  Silent epidemic of broken brains – stress and toxins
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 9/10, 10am-noon
Program:  Two small groups for discussion and support – people with PD and their caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Berkeley/PD Active Forum
Saturday, 9/10, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topics:  Delaying PD Progression – review of current and potential
future treatments
RSVP?:  Yes to PD Active, email
Note:  Contact PD Active for info on location and suggested donation ($10).

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 9/12, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Gaurett Duckhorn, physical therapist, Sutter Roseville
Topic:  LSVT BIG
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 9/13, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Two discussion groups – PWPs and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 9/13, 6:30-8pm
Program:  Discussion of personal PD challenges and how you work through them
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours
in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader,

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 9/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Stephne Lencioni, LCSW, geriatric care manager, Pathways Health
Topics:  How long can I live at home with PD?  Why would I need to
move?  Where to?  How can a geriatric care manager help?
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/15, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Billy Hemphill, speech therapist, Hy-lond Healthcare Center
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 9/17, 9am-noon  (speaker 10-11am)
Guest Speaker:  Susan O’Grady, PhD, psychologist, Walnut Creek
Topic:  How to keep your marriage healthy while coping with a chronic illness
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Kaiser
Monday, 9/19, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Lifestyle health
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  RSVP to Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 9/20, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  John Koehler, retired mental health clinician
Topic:  Mindfulness and stress-reducing practices
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/20, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Beth Lendrum, WAVE Energy Healing
Topics:  Self-help tools for feeling better and toxicity in the home
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/21, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kim Viviano, director of health, wellness, and fitness,
Healthy Aging Association, Modesto
Topic:  Fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/26, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Cynthia Eaton, Parkinson’s movement class instructor (at Kaiser Hayward)
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 🙂