April 2017 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

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Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for April 2017.  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 sun,
Robin Riddle


Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 4/1, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Alisa Liguori, PhD, psychologist, Santa Rosa
Topic:  Mindfulness practice with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 4/3, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Linda Trettin, PhD, clinical neuropsychologist, Mercy
San Juan and private practice, Folsom
Topic:  Challenges that PD places on relationships
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 4/4, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:30am)
Guest Speaker #1:  Kathie Toepel, Common Ground Senior Services, San Andreas
Topic #1:  Services in Amador and Calaveras Counties
Program #2:  Finish discussion of “Parkinson’s for Dummies” – what’s the
most important thing you will remember
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 4/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Erica Byrd, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter
Topic:  Q&A
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 4/5, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Rex Hsei, MD, ophthalmologist, Bay Eye Medical Group,
Santa Cruz
Topic:  The effect of aging and Parkinson’s on vision
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 4/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Tom Bragdon, PharmD, pharmacist
Topic:  Commonly used Parkinson’s medications
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 4/7, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Program:  DBS without the BS – panel discussion about deep brain stimulation
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 4/7, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ronald Ziman, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Neurocommunity Foundation, West Hills
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 4/8, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Claire Dias, RD, food and nutrition expert, Clovis
Topic:  Dietary needs of those with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri County)
Monday, 4/10, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  April Shirley, client relations, Partners in Care, Auburn
Topic:  Home care
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 4/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jana Hesselton, SLP, speech therapist, Sutter Lakeside,
Topic:  Speech issues in Parkinson’s and how therapy can help
RSVP?:  No.

Auburn Caregivers
Tuesday, 4/11, noon
Guest Speaker:  Dorene Fanning, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Recipe for caregiver’s sleep – helping caregivers and their
loved ones rest easy
RSVP:  No.

Tuesday, 4/11, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Christina Barret, family consultant, Valley Caregiver
Resource Center
Topic:  Being a caregiver and resources for caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 4/11, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Discussion groups – PWP and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 4/11, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker:  Kim (Woolley) Voronin, Rock Steady Boxing SF
Topic:  Forced exercise – minimizing PD symptoms through non-sparring,
non-contact boxing training
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 4/11, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Gayle Deutsch, PhD, neuropsychologist, Stanford
Topic:  Depression and apathy in PD
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours
in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader, email mgapda@gmail.com.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 4/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  James Tetrud, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Medications for treating PD motor symptoms – what’s old, what’s
new, and what’s in the pipeline
RSVP?:  No.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Thursday, 4/13, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Alida Westaburg, RD, dietitian, Sonoma Valley Hospital
Topic:  Maximizing nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 4/13, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Aaron Daley, UCSF PD Clinic
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Annual PD Conference
Friday, 4/14, 1-6pm
First United Methodist Church
RSVP?:  Required to Kim Hawkins, group leader, email
kim.reddingpsg@yahoo.com, call/text 530-945-7628

Friday, April 14, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Mariellen Jurkovich, director, Humboldt Patient Resource Center
Topic:  Cannabis use for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 4/15, 9am-noon  (program 10:45am-noon)
Program:  Break into four groups – men with PD, women with PD,
caregivers only, and DBS (deep brain stimulation)
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 4/18, 10-11am
Guest Speakers:  Erica Byrd, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter
Roseville, and Quinn Monsma, Medtronic
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation

Tuesday, 4/18, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Donna Brown, RN, Hospice of the Foothills
Topic:  Hospice – services, philosophy, and advance planning
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, April 191:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Fahd Kahn, MD, neurosurgeon, California NeuroInstitute, San Jose
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 4/19, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Lori Dodd, PT, physical therapist and PWR! instructor, Modesto
Program:  Demonstration of PWR!Moves
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto – Special Program of Palo Alto Support Group
Wednesday, 4/19, 2:30-4pm
Avenidas Senior Center, 450 Bryant
“Lewy Body Dementia Caregiving – Insights and Experience”
Guest Speaker:  Christina Irving, LCSW, Family Caregiver Alliance
Plus panel discussion with some LBD caregivers
Note:  “Lewy body dementia” includes PD Dementia and Dementia
with Lewy bodies
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS Class/UC Davis
Wednesday, 4/19, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Fady Girgis, MD, neurosurgeon, UC Davis, Sacramento
Topic:  DBS technology
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Contact Karla Lindstrom, UCD, email
karla.lindstrom@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu, phone 916-734-6282

Wednesday, 4/19, 6:30-8pm
Program:  Video on “How to start healing your brain and body, starting
with your gut” by Invigorate Physical Therapy
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/The Villages
Thursday, 4/20, 1-3pm, Cribari Auditorium
Guest Speakers:  Jane and Mwezo, Kujiweza
Program:  Interactive workshop on how to fall, how to get up, and fall
prevention.  Wear comfortable clothing.
RSVP?:  Yes, required 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.

Annual Parkinson’s Symposium
Thursday, April 27, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Fahd Kahn, MD, neurosurgeon, California NeuroInstitute, San Jose
RSVP?:  Yes to Amie Marchini Senior Care, phone 209-384-3300