March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

March 2017, Parkinson’s Support Groups – Guest Speakers or Programs, Northern and Central California

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credit: mnd-bbww.org

Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for March 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:

parkinsons.stanford.edu/support_groups.html

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’tarrive 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 sunshine,
Robin Riddle
parkinsons.stanford.edu

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Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 3/1, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Maria Bellumori, PhD, CSUMB, kinesiologist
Topic:  Speed training for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 3/2, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Ysela Jimenez, Alameda County Senior Injury Program
Topic:  Emergency preparedness
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Thursday, 3/2, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Judy Pruzinsky
Topic:  Acupuncture and PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 3/3, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Program:  Two discussion groups – PWP and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Visalia
Friday, 3/3, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Video on emotional health
RSVP?:  No.

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

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 3/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Instructors:  Yue Whelchel, Palo Alto YMCA and Avenidas PD exercise instructor, and Leanel Liwanag, Stanford Balance Lab, PWR exercise instructor
Program:  Join a Parkinson’s and PWR (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) exercise class.  Chairs and water provided.
RSVP?:  No.

Stockton
Thursday, 3/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speakers:  Karen Fabreo-Hittle, PT, and Teresa Lohr, OT, O’Connor Woods, Stockton
Topic:  LSVT BIG physical therapy program
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/UCSF
Thursday, 3/9, 6-8pm
Topic:  DBS, MRIs, and new FDA guidelines
RSVP?:  Preferred.  Email Monica Volz, monica.volz@ucsf.edu

Redding
Friday, 3/10, 1-3:30pm  (guest speaker 1:30-3pm)
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Fiola, RN, AbbVie, and patient volunteer
Topic:  Duopa
RSVP?:  No.

Fresno
Saturday, 3/11, 10am-noon
Program:  Break into smaller discussion groups
RSVP?:  No.

Berkeley PD Active Forum
Saturday, 3/11, 10:30am-12:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Donna Deng, MD, neuro-urologist, Kaiser Oakland
Topic:  PD and the bladder that has a mind of its own
RSVP?:  Required.  Email PD Active, pdaforum@pdactive.org
Fee:  $10 donation

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 3/14, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Diane Grundy
Topic:  Medical cannibas
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 3/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Elena Call, MD, movement disorders fellow, Stanford
Topic:  Overview of PD medications, what’s in the medication pipeline, and who makes a good DBS (deep brain stimulation) candidate
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader, mgapda@gmail.com.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, March 15, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, PT, NCS, physical therapist
Topic:  Sleep and PD – helpful hints for sleeping
RSVP?:  No.

Brentwood
Wednesday, 3/15, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Dawn Fischer, holistic health coach
Topic:  Essential oils – what they are and how they can help
RSVP?:  No.

Merced
Thursday, 3/16, 10am-Noon
Program:  “Pain and Fatigue” – webinar recording from Michael J. Fox Foundation
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 3/16, 10am-Noon
Guest Speaker:  Christy Adams, RN, trauma prevention coordinator, UC Davis
Topic:  Matter of balance
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 3/18, 9am-noon  (speakers 10:30-11:45am)
Program #1 (10:30-10:45am):  Presentation by Rock Steady Boxing Concord
Guest Speaker #2 (10:45-11:45am):  Maya Katz, MD, UCSF Movement Disorders
Topic #2:  Multidisciplinary supportive care clinics – improving quality of life for people with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS Class/Kaiser
Monday, 3/20, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Karen Low, speech therapist, Kaiser Point West, Sacramento
Topic:  Speech issues
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Kaiser Neuroscience Reception Desk, 916-973-6860.

Auburn
Tuesday, 3/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, PD advocate and care partner
Topic:  Cannabis (marijuana) and Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 3/24, 1-3pm  (speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, and Nieve Lopez, UCSF
Topic:  Parkinson’s supportive care clinic at UCSF
RSVP?:  No.

Fremont
Monday, 3/27, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Karen Marshall, Community Resources for Independent Living
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 🙂