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

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



Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have guest speakers or programs planned for May 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 great outdoors,
Robin Riddle

Monday, 5/1, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Kim Garcia, speech therapist, Lodi Health Outpatient Center
Topic:  Speech issues of PD patients and coping strategies
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 5/2, 10am-noon  (program starts about 10:30am)
Program:  Divide into two groups – caregivers and those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Peter Schulz, Opus Studios, Pollock Pines
Program:  Video presentation of PD info available on the web
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Mary Helen Ivers, community outreach volunteer,
Roseville Police Dept.
Topic:  Senior scams and personal safety
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 5/3, 1-2:30pm
Program:  Panel of those with and without PD
Topic:  Help – who, what, when, where and why
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 5/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Spokesperson, Passages Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Resources available to PD patients and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo
Thursday, 5/4, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Priti Chitale, physical therapist, Kaiser Union City
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 5/5, 10am-noon (program starts about 10:20am)
Guest Speaker:  Randy Hoffman, SLP, speech therapist, The Parkinson’s
Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Speech therapy for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 5/5, 10:30am-noon
Discussion Topic:  How PD has impacted our lives (both patients and
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 5/6, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Tess Lorraine, life transitions coach
Topic:  Medical advocacy and advanced directives in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-Counties)
Monday, 5/8, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Sal Alvia, Acadia Pharmaceuticals and Rita Gandhy, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  New Parkinson’s medication
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 5/9, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist, Bakersfield
Topic:  New medications to treat PD
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 5/9, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Osiris Salgado, case manager, Central Coast Quality of
Life Programs
Topic:  Services for individuals and families living with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset PD
Tuesday, 5/10, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Anne Hall, JD, retired employment attorney
Topic:  Employment and PD – reasonable accommodation, disability, and
other issues
RSVP?:  Preferred, if this is your first time.  RSVP at least 24 hours
in advance to Martha Gardner, group leader.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 5/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Lising, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Surgical treatments for PD – what you need to know about current
and upcoming approaches
RSVP?:  No.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Thursday, 5/11, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Bianca Molle, Metamorphix Consultation
Topic:  Qigong for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, PT, Synaptic Physical Therapy
Topic:  Sleep and PD – helpful hints
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Melody Tolmie, NMT, Music Therapy with Melody
Topic:  Benefits of music therapy for persons with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 5/13, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Susan Rodriguez, education development coordinator,
Valley Caregiver Resource Center, Fresno
Topic:  In-home care and adult day care
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 5/13, 10:30am-12:30pm
Program:  PD Active Town Hall where a PD Active update will be shared
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Contact PD Active.

Sacramento Post-DBS Class/Kaiser
Monday, 5/15, 10am-noon
Topic:  Life after DBS
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Contact Kaiser Neuroscience, phone 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 5/16, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Debbie Eernisse, RYT, personal trainer, Fit Deb, Davis
Topic:  Improving the aging body
RSVP?:  No.

Elk Grove
Wednesday, 5/17, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Paul McCarthy, fitness trainer, Sacramento
Topic:  PWR Moves
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 5/171:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Edith Chiang, qigong instructor
Topic:  Dayan (Wildgoose) Qigong
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 5/17, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Benjamin Remington, MD, neurosurgeon
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 5/18, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Stacey Ewing, DPT, Sutter Health Davis
Topic:  LSVT BIG
RSVP?:  No.

Hollister  (new meeting day/time as of May 2017)
Friday, 5/19, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Christina Andrade, family consultant, Del Mar Caregiver
Resource Center
Topic:  Introduction to the services of Del Mar CRC
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 5/20, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Maxwell Merkow, MD, neurosurgeon, Bay Area
Neurosciences, Walnut Creek
Topic:  DBS for PD – rationale, evaluation, and emerging technology
RSVP?:  No.