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

November 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 a guest speaker or program planned for November 2017. Here’s what’s happening at a support group near you…

Note that one group has changed location though the meeting day/time remains the same:  the Palo Alto group now meets in Menlo Park at Little House.

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. It might mean that the
group meeting (example – Mill Valley) is too close to Thanksgiving so
the group meeting has been pushed to December.  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 warm,
Robin Riddle


Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 11/1, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Garvy, group member
Topic:  Cannabis (medical marijuana) for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 11/1, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Keith Harband,
Topic #1:  Oral health and lessening dry mouth
Guest Speaker #2:  Group member
Topic #2:  Essential oils
Program #3:  Video on PD and occupational therapy from Parkinson’s
Disease Care New York
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo
Thursday, 11/2, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Carol Evans, nurse practitioner (retired)
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 11/3, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Dedra Jize
Topic:  Life care planning
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Friday, 11/3, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Christina Howard, DPT, physical therapist, Sequoia Hospital
Topic:  LSVT BIG
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 11/4, 1-3:15pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Paul Larson, MD, neurosurgeon, UCSF
Topic:  Surgical treatments for PD (other than DBS)
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 11/6, 10-11am
Guest Speakers:  Karen Fabreo-Hittle, PT and Teresa Lohr, PT, physical
therapists, O’Connor Woods, Stockton
Topic:  LSVT BIG
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 11/7, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Allison Maffei, PT, Fitzpatrick Physical Therapy, Jackson
Topics:  Benefits of PT and increasing daily activity on PD
RSVP?:  No.

Placerville (El Dorado County)
Tuesday, 11/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Peggy Kline, MFT, family therapist, private practice, Campbell
Topics:  Overcoming depression and anxiety using cognitive behavioral therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 11/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Andrea Rosenblume, certified healthcare advocate
Topic:  Advocacy for the PD patient – helping navigate complex
healthcare systems to achieve the highest quality of care
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 11/8, 1-2pm
Program:  Make goodie bags for the homeless
RSPV?:  No.

Menlo Park/Little House  (New meeting location!  No longer at Avenidas
in Palo Alto.)
Wednesday, 11/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Happe, corrective exercise specialist, Little
House and Revitalize Integrated Body Systems, Menlo Park
Program:  PWR! Parkinson’s-specific exercise demonstration class, seated
or standing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/9, 1:30-3pm
Discussion topic:  Advance healthcare directives – Five Wishes, HIPAA,
Discussion leaders:  Mary Ann Behrens and Christy Carruthers
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorders specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Mind, memory, and mood
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/Deep Brain Stimulation Group
Thursday, 11/9, 6-8pm
Program:  “Keeping your balance – caring for mind and body with PD”
video by Partners in Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred to Monica Volz

Friday, 11/10, 1-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Brandon Behringer, Rock Steady Boxing, Redding
Topic:  Rock Steady Boxing for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 11/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorders specialist,
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms of PD (including hallucinations and delusions)
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 11/11, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorders specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Mind and memory
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 11/11, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Katie Parafinczuk, DPT, NCS, physical therapist, Kaiser
Redwood City
Topic:  Exercise as medicine – The role of rehabilitation professionals
in helping treat PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required to PDActive, 510-479-6119
Fee:  $10 (suggested)

Yuba City (Tri-Counties)
Monday, 11/13, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Fiola, RN, AbbVie
Topic:  Treatment option for advance PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 11/13, noon-1:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Keith Harband,
Topic:  Oral health and lessening dry mouth
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 11/14, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorders specialist,
Topic:  New medication update
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 11/14, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jaya Faye Paley
Topic:  Pole Walking for exercise, balance, maintaining mobility and
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 11/14, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Potluck
Guest Speaker:  Trina Frometa, Dance for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset Parkinson’s
Tuesday, 11/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Neng Huang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, Valley Parkinson Clinic, Los Gatos
Topic:  Updates on PD treatments – medications and surgical options
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Please RSVSP to
Martha Gardner, group leader,, at least one day in advance

Wednesday, 11/15, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Tamyra Ruzicka, SLP, speech therapist
Topic:  LSVT speech therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 11/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Janelle Beckman, SLP, speech therapist
Topics:  Speech therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 11/18, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Susan O’Grady, PhD, psychologist, private practice
Topic:  Finding emotional balance when dealing with difficult feelings –
communication tools and mindfulness practices
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-Deep Brain Stimulation/Kaiser
Wednesday, 11/20, 10am-noon
Topic:  Behavioral concerns
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Call Kaiser Sacramento Neuroscience, 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 11/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Felicia Juntunen, care manager, Elder Care Management of
Northern California
Topic:  Advanced healthcare directives
RSVP?:  No.