February 2018 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

February 2018 – 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 February 2018.  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 this list for the group leader’s contact info.)

Happy Valentine’s Day,
Robin Riddle


San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 2/1, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Michael Galvan, Community Resources for Independent
Living (CRIL)
Topic:  Assistive devices to help with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 2/2, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jason Stewart, director of advocacy, Americans for Cures
Topic:  Proposition 71 – California’s landmark stem cell program
RSVP?:  No.Visalia
Friday, 2/2, 10:30am-noon
Program:  Watch and discuss “Managing Parkinson’s – Straight Talk and
Honest Hope,” Parkinson’s Heartland video
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 2/3, 1-3:15pm (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Steven Hall, MD, psychiatrist, UC San Francisco
Topic:  Parkinson’s – more than motor symptoms
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/5, 10am-noon
Program:  Break into two groups – persons with Parkinson’s and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 2/6, 10am-noon (speaker 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kendall Gervin, OT, occupational therapist
Topics:  Adaptive equipment for independence and self-care; home safety;
exercise to maintain balance
RSVP?:  No.

Placerville (El Dorado County)
Tuesday, 2/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Quinn Monsma, Medtronic
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 2/7, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker: Peter Lin, MD, movement disorder specialist, Valley
Parkinson Clinic, Los Gatos
Topic:  New developments in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 2/7, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Laura Sperry, NP, nurse practitioner, UC Davis
Topic:  Medical and surgical treatments for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 2/7, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Fahd Khan, MD, neurosurgeon, California NeuroInstitute,
San Jose
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 2/8, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Keith Harband, NewEnamel.com 
Topic:  Dealing with dry mouth
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 2/9, 1-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Vibra Healthcare representative
Topics:  Occupational therapy program; new changes coming to their
Parkinson’s outpatient program
RSVP?:  No.

Fresno – Hope Lutheran Church
Annual Summit
Saturday, 2/10, 10am-3pm
Keynote Speaker:  Jaimie Henderson, MD, neurosurgeon, Stanford
No fee.  Advance registration required.  Lunch provided.
Register here

Yuba City (Tri-Counties)
Monday, 2/12, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Peter Daley, III, chief, Yuba City Fire
Topics:  YCFD services; disaster preparedness for the elderly and disabled
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/12, noon-1:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Alice Pratte, leader, San Jose Caregiver Support Group
Topic:  Starting a Parkinson’s caregiver support group
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, group leader
Topic:  Research status
RSVP?:  No.

Auburn Caregivers (those with PD can join this meeting)
Tuesday, 2/13, noon
Guest Speakers:  Team of women from district attorney’s office
Topics:  Aging safely – avoiding fraud, scams, and other stumbling blocks
RSVP?:  No.
Note:  Those with Parkinson’s are welcome at this particular meeting.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 2/13, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Heather Howard-Rodriguez, Adamas
Topic:  Gocovri (extended release amantadine)
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 2/13, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Gena Lennon, Parkinson’s Foundation
Topic:  Moving day events
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 2/13, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist,
private practice, Menlo Park
Topic:  Beyond motor symptoms in PD, including hallucinations and delusions
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto Young Onset Parkinson’s
Tuesday, 2/13, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Aura Oslapas, StrivePD
Topic #1:  StrivePD application
Guest Speaker #2:  Ruth Gardner
Topic #2:  Dental hygiene and PD
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Please RSVSP to
Martha Gardner, group leader, at least one day in advance.
Note:  Group returning to the old location at Lucile Packard Children’s

Menlo Park/Little House  (New meeting location!  No longer at Avenidas
in Palo Alto.)
Wednesday, 2/14, 2-3:30pm
Main Program:  Show and tell – Please bring one tip and one gadget or piece of equipment (if carry-able) that you recommend to people with Parkinson’s or caregivers of those with Parkinson’s Guest Speaker:  Amaris Martinez, Stanford Neurology, giving a brief overview of Stanford PD plasma study
RSVP?:  No.Merced
Thursday, 2/15, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Rekha Rishi-Khanna, SLP, speech therapist, Care One Home
Health, Modesto
Topics:  Communication and swallowing issues with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 2/17, 9am-noon  (speakers 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speakers:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist,
private practice, Menlo Park, and Stephanie Fiola, BSN, nurse educator,
Topic:  Duopa – treatment for advanced Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 2/20, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Ginger McMurchie, Elder Care Management of Northern
California, Granite Bay
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 2/21, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Representative from Rock Steady Boxing, Modesto
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-Deep Brain Stimulation
Wednesday, 2/21, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Ursula Bergmooser, PT, physical therapist, Alves &
Martinez Physical Therapy, Sacramento, and Jamie Sepulveda, LCSW,

volunteer with Rock Steady Boxing Sacramento
Topics:  Balance, LSVT BIG, and RSB
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Call Linda Ramatowski, Sutter Neuroscience,
916-454-6936Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 2/23, 1-3pm (speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Aura Oslapas, StrivePD
Topic:  Voice and mobile app to make life easier with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 2/26, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist,
private practice, Menlo Park
Topic:  PD – more than motor symptoms
RSVP?:  No.