January 2017, Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs, Northern and Central California

January 2017, Parkinson’s Support Group Meetings, Guest Speakers and Programs, Northern and Central California

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Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for January 2017.  Start off the new year right by attending 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 2017,
Robin Riddle


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 1/3, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker: Lucia Fanelli, instructor, Dance Moves Me for Parkinson’s
Topic:  Dance for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Placerville – meeting cancelled due to weather
Tuesday, 1/3, 1:30-3pm

Tuesday, 1/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  New York Life representatives
Topics:  Smart things for your budget in the new year, and Medicare
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 1/4, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jerry Solomon, PhD, clinical psychologist, Santa Cruz
Topic:  Understanding anxiety in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 1/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1 (1:30-2:30pm):  Kathy Gallentine, RN, Enloe Hospital Hospice
Topic #1:  Hospice’s role in late-stage PD
Guest Speaker #2 (2:30-3pm):  Shelley Von Berg, PhD, speech/language pathologist
Topic #2:  Improving voice volume in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 1/5, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Nick Mourlam, special events manager, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  What The Parkinson’s Institute has to offer
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 1/6, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Laura Logsdon, RN, AbbVie, plus Caryl, a person with Parkinson’s, and caregiver Jeff
Topic:  Duopa treatment for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/6, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  David Moos, Assisted Senior Transitions, Visalia
Topic:  Moving to assisted living or nursing care
RSVP?:  No.

Lodi (different day for January meeting only)
Monday, 1/9, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Elizabeth Flores, ResCare HomeCare Services, Stockton
Topic:  Differences between home care, home health, and hospice
RSVP?:  No.

Meeting cancelled due to weather

Tuesday, 1/10, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Leanne Morgan, Kern County Adult Aging Services
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 1/10, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Leanne Morgan, Kern County Aging & Adult Services
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 1/10, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Andrea Fuerst
Topic:  Opportunities for exercise at the Sally Griffin Center
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 1/11, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Yee Vue, program director, Valley Caregiver Resource Center, Fresno
Topic:  Accessing PD caregiver resources
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 1/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Diana Blum, MD, neurologist, Peninsula Private Neurology, Menlo Park
Topics:  The gut and PD.  And how to work with your neurologist for the best care.
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Seiyu Kageyama
Topic:  Using acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to treat PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/12, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Discussion of additional info that could be valuable additions
to resource folders
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/13, 1-3:30pm  (guest speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Robert Ghelfi, MD, medical director, Northern California Stem Cell Treatment Center, Redding
Topic:  Stem cell treatment
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 1/13, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  April Joyce, RN, Adult Day Health Care of Mad River
RSVP?:  No.
Elk Grove

Saturday, 1/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Gail Lansidel, Senior Resource Advisor, and Marie Espinola, Alzheimer’s Foundation of Central California
Topics:  Senior care options, counseling resources, and funding availability
RSVP?:  No.

Berkeley/PD Active Forum
Saturday, 1/14, 10:30am-12:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Chad Christine, MD, neurologist, UCSF Movement Disorders Clinic
Topic:  Strategies to slow progression of PD
RSVP?:  Yes to PD Active, pdaforum@pdactive.org
Fee:  Suggested donation of $10

Tuesday, 1/17, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Jamee Horning, Seniors First, Placer County
Topic:  Services for seniors
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 1/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Renata MacIntosh, Rock Steady Boxing
Topic:  Boxing for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/The Villages
Tuesday, 1/17, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Nurse and social worker, Kaiser Palliative Medicine
Topic:  Palliative care vs. hospice
RSVP?:  Yes, if you are not a resident of The Villages.  Contact Alice Pratte, group leader, 408-223-8033, at least 24 hours in advance to obtain community access.

Wednesday, 1/18, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Ward, Fall Prevention Lady
RSVP?:  No.
Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)

Wednesday, 1/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Freddy Silva, Rock Steady Boxing
RSVP?:  No.

Elk Grove
Wednesday, 1/18, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Ward, The Fall Prevention Lady
Topic:  Fall Prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 1/18, 6:30-8pm  (speaker begins 7pm)
Guest Speaker:  Jodi Barry, RYT, yoga therapist, Trinity Yoga, Brentwood
Topic:  Benefits of yoga for PD.  Includes some participation in chair yoga.
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 1/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Christy Adams, RN, trauma prevention coordinator, UC Davis
Topic:  Matter of balance
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 1/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Pamela Strange, CO, vision impairment specialist
Topics:  What do you do with double vision and vision loss?
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 1/21, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-noon)
Guest Speaker:  Marta San Luciano Palenzuela, MD, neurologist, UCSF
Topics:  Deep brain stimulation research, and highlights of genetic research
RSVP?:  No.

Napa Young Onset PD
Sunday, 1/22, 3-5pm  (guest speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Glen Pettibone, book author
Topic:  Powerful food and a walk in the sun – Parkinson’s relief was in the supermarket
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/23, 10am-noon  (speaker 10-11am)
Guest Speaker:  Monsma Quinn, Medtronic
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation update
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/23, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Karen Marshall, Community Resources for Independent Living
Topic:  Overview of CRIL’s services
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 1/23, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Quinn Monsma, Medtronic
Topic:  Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) update
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
meeting cancelled due to construction
Tuesday, 1/24