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

October 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 October 2017.   Here’s what’s happening at a support group near you…

Note that two groups have changed locations though the meeting days/times remain the same:  the Palo Alto group now meets in Menlo Park at Little House, and the El Dorado Hills group now meets at Rolling Hills Christian Church.

Plus, I included two conferences in October — one for Parkinson’s in Sacto and one for PSP/CBD (progressive supranuclear palsy and corticobasal degeneration) in Foster City.

Here’s what 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.)

Stay healthy,
Robin Riddle


Monday, 10/2, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Rosada, independent living specialist, DRAIL, Stockton
Topic:  DRAIL’s services and examples of assistive technologies
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 10/3, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Facts about Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Placerville (El Dorado County)
Tuesday, 10/3, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Orthostatic hypotension – view Stanford’s recent webinar
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Representative from California Telephone Access Program
Topic:  CTAP’s services
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco Young Onset Parkinson’s
Tuesday, 10/3, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Cora De Hemptinne, PhD, researcher, Dr. Philip Starr’s lab
Topic:  Next generation deep brain stimulation devices and available clinical trials
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred to Monica Volz.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 10/4, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Tara Ireland, Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
Topic #1:  Helping seniors obtain safety-related home repairs
Guest Speaker #2:  Steve Matzie, Senior Network Services
Topic:  Programs of Senior Network Services
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Brian Terres, Medtronic
Topic:  DBS overview from eligibility screening to unit maintenance
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo
Thursday, 10/5, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, ScD, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Topic:  Nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 10/6, 10am-noon
Program:  Break into groups — people with Parkinson’s and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 10/6, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Poa Kou, California Telephone Access Program
Topic:  Phones provided at no charge via CTAP
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 10/7, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, ScD, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience
Topic:  Nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-Counties)
Monday, 10/9, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Dorene Fanning, LCSW, family consultant, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Sleep – benefits, risk of lack of of sleep, and tools to help caregivers and loved ones get the sleep they need
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/9, noon-1:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorders specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
RSVP?:  No.

Auburn Caregivers
Tuesday, 10/10, noon-1:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Ginger McMurchie, Elder Care Management of Norther California
Topic:  How to plan for an emergency
RSVP:  No.

El Dorado Hills  (new meeting location as of Oct 2017)
Tuesday, 10/10, noon-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Kim McIlnay
Topic:  Advocating for yourself in the physician’s office and in the ER
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 10/10, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Denise Johnson-Dawkins, DNP
Topic:  Training offered by nursing program at Cal State Bakersfield
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 10/10, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Representative from CRIL
Topic:  Assistive devices for those with Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 10/10, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeanine Yip, DPT, physical therapist, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Topic:  Exercise for PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Kaiser
Tuesday, 10/10, 4:30-6pm
Guest Speaker:  Rebecca Hartman, PT, and Heitiki Kumar, PT, physical therapists, Kaiser SF
Topic:  Physical therapy for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset Parkinson’s
Tuesday, 10/10, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Veronica Santini, MD, movement disorders specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Complementary therapies, herbal supplements, and exercise
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Please RSVSP to Martha Gardner, group leader, at least one day in advance.

Menlo Park/Little House  (New meeting location!  No longer at Avenidas in Palo Alto.)
Wednesday, 10/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorders specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Mind, mood, and memory in Parkinson’s
Plus some research coordinators at Stanford about studies underway
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/12, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Instructor from Rock Steady of Petaluma
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Fiola, RN, Abbvie
Topic:  Duopa for managing advanced Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, ScD, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience Center
Topic:  Nutrition and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 10/13, 1-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Lin Zhang, MD, PhD, movement disorders specialist, UC Davis
Topic:  Hallucinations and delusions in Parkinson’s
Plus Shasta Shout following program
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 10/14, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Marie Espinola, Alzheimer’s Foundation Central California
Topic:  Coping strategies for those facing cognitive and memory impairment
Plus panel discussion with professionals in the field
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/17, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Jerrod Sieberg, senior ombudsman, DMV
Topic:  Seniors and driving
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/17, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Justice, GCM, VA accredited claim agent
Topic:  Accessing public benefits
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale Deep Brain Stimulation
Wednesday, 10/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, ScD, research director, Neuroscience Nutrition Foundation
Topic:  Powerful role of nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorders specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-Deep Brain Stimulation
Wednesday, 10/18, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Erin Lavin, RD, dietitian, UC Davis
Topic:  Nutritional trends in the management of PD
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Email Karla Lindstrom.

Thursday, 10/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kathy DeLave, RN, PD Advocates, Merced
Topics:  PD advocacy, resources, questions to ask your doctor, how to help a family member, and online assistance
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/19, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Brian Wyatt, eldercare attorney, Sacramento
RSVP?:  No.

PANC Annual Education Conference
Saturday, 10/21, 9:30am-3:30pm
Sacramento Convention Center
Early-bird registration is $25 (before 10/10)
Includes program, lunch, parking garage shuttle, and handouts
Register with PANC, parkinsonsacramento.org, 916-357-6641

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 10/21, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, DSc, author
Topic:  Latest research on neuroprotection-diet, and dopamine in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Napa Young Onset PD
Sunday, 10/22, 3-5pm  (guest speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker:  Sean McCrawley, personal trainer and healthy lifestyle coach, Napa Tenacious Fitness
Topics:  Strength, flexibility, coordination, sequencing training, nutrition, recreational activity, and structured scheduling
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/25, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, ScD, Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience Center
Topic:  Nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/24, 1-2:30pm
Program:  Highlights from PANC conference
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 10/27, 1-3pm  (program 1-2pm)
Program:  “Gene and stem cell therapy – can these really impact Parkinson’s?” panel discussion video by World Parkinson Coalition
RSVP?:  No.

PSP/CBD Research Update and Family Conference
Saturday, 10/28, 8am (check-in), 9am-5pm program
Crowne Plaza Foster City
Early-bird registration is $55 (by 10/7), $65 thereafter
Morning features international experts on progressive supranuclear palsy, corticobasal degeneration, and tau.  Afternoon features Bay Area clinicians (from UCSF and Stanford), healthcare professionals, and those on the PSP/CBD journey.
Register here
Agenda here