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

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



Lots of Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for November 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.)

Happy November,

San Andreas (Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne Counties)
Tuesday, 11/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Shevlin, manager of senior programs, Society for the Blind, Sacramento
Topic:  Vision changes in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Rock Steady Boxing Roseville
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 11/2, 1-2:30pm
Program:  Six group members report on what they learned at the World Parkinson’s Congress
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 11/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Mike Harper, Passages Caregiver Resource Center, Chico
Topic:  What’s new with Medicare in 2017
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 11/3, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Karen Marshall, CRIL (Community Resources for Independent Living)
Topic:  Gadgets
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 11/3, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Evaldo dal Poggetto, voice coach and retired opera singer
Topic:  Voice coaching
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 11/4, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Rob Karlovich, founder, LifeGlider Project,
Topic:  Mobility devices
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 11/4, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Video on fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 11/5, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topic:  Mood, cognition, and sleep issues with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 11/7, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Pretti Oza, PhD, University of the Pacific
Topic:  Results of the PD exercise study done last year
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/8, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  PD Overview
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 11/8, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Randy Hoffman, SLP, speech therapist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 11/9, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Mind, memory, and mood in Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Seiyu Kageyama
Topic:  Using acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to treat PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/10, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Blair Hake, financial advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services
Topic:  Making decisions in retirement, planning for emergencies, and thinking of your legacy
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 11/11, 1-3:30pm  (guest speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Steven Augustine, NP, neuroscience nurse practitioner, Mercy Medical Center
Topic:  Q&A on hospitalization for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 11/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Dawn Crosson and Erin Singleton, speech therapists, Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno
Topic:  LSVT LOUD to treat speech and voice in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 11/14, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Bryan Rodrigues, DPT, physical therapist, Sutter Medical Group
Topic:  Physical therapy for strength and balance that can be done at home
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 11/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sheila Good, speech therapist
Topic:  Speech therapy for PD speech, swallowing, and quality of life
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/15, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Kimberly Lanni, PhD, neuropsychologist
Topics:  Mindfulness stress reduction
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/15, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Erica Byrd, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter Neuroscience, Roseville
Topics:  What’s new in research and treatment from the World Parkinson’s Congress
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 11/16, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Ray Guerra, certified massage therapist, Heavenly Healing, Modesto
Topic:  tai chi
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 11/16, 6:30-9pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, account executive, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa – a new treatment for advanced PD
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  Email Sue Schnittker, group leader.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 11/19, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:30-11:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Carol Fisher, RYT, instructor of yoga/movement classes for PD
Topic:  Mindfulness, meditation, and movement
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Monday, 11/21, 10am-noon
Program:  Review of World Parkinson Congress
RSVP?:  Yes, required to Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860

Monday, 11/28, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Seiyu Kageyama, King Hand Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Center, Cupertino
Topic:  Dance for PD
RSVP?:  No.