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

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

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Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have a guest speaker or program planned for July 2017.  (Note that many groups do not meet in the month of July.  Some have social events.)  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 4th with friends and family,
Robin Riddle


Monday, 7/3, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Mohammad Kazmi, MD, neurologist, Lodi
Memorial Hospital, Lodi
Topic:  Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 7/5, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Ruby Straehley, PT, physical therapist
Topic:  Practical solutions to everyday challenges facing PwP
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 7/8, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Laurice Yang, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Movement Disorders Center
Topic:  DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) – past, present, and future
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-Counties)
Monday, 7/10, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Dorene Fanning, LCSW, family consultant, Del Oro
Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Insights into challenges and the importance of sleep for caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/11, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Deb McCormack, Bakersfield Mind & Body Studio
Topic:  Exercises and yoga for PD
RSVP?:  Yes to group leaders Linda Feist, 661-304-9227, or Bill
Burgemaster, 661-343-2707

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 7/11, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Discussion groups – PwP and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Wednesday, 7/12, 10am-noon (guest speaker starts at 10:30am) (different meeting day this month only)
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Richard Wiseman
Topic:  PD and acupuncture
RSVP?:  No.

Davis – regular and caregivers groups together
Wednesday, 7/12, 12:45-2:15pm  (special day/time for July)
Guest Speaker:  Marg Bartosek
Topic:  Experiential presentation of Feldenkrais awareness through movement
RSVP?:   No.

Wednesday, 7/12, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Nancy Neufled Silva, PhD, LCSW, counselor, Turlock
Topic:  Coping skills in dealing with PD for patients and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 7/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Libby Hagman, RN, clinical outreach coordinator, and Anthony Lupian, MSW, Transitions program coordinator, Mission Hospice and Home Care, San Mateo
Topic:  Palliative care, hospice at home, and hospice house for Parkinson’s – recommended services and what’s new
RSVP?:  No.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Thursday, 7/13, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Margot Schaal, certified Feldenkrais practitioner
Topic:  Feldenkrais
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Thursday, 7/13, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Cameron Wisdom, Rock Steady Boxing Mission Bay
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred to Monica Volz, UCSF

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 7/15, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist, The
Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-DBS Class/Kaiser
Monday, 7/17, 10am-noon
Topic:  Non-motor concerns
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Contact Kaiser Neuroscience, phone 916-973-6860

Elk Grove
Wednesday, 7/19, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Christy Adams, RN, MPH, trauma prevention coordinator,
UC Davis
Topic:  A matter of balance
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 7/19, 6:308pm
Guest Speakers:  Diana Storti, SLP, and Linda Heckenlively, SLP, speech therapists, Kaiser Park Shadelands
Topic:  Speech, voice, and swallowing issues in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 7/20, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Christine Shade, DPT, physical therapist, Kaiser Roseville
Topic:  Physical therapy and outdoor exercises for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 7/28, 1-3pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  James Nevin, Sr., attorney
Topic:  Estate planning and end of life issues
RSVP?:  No.