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

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


Seems like nearly every Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups has a guest speaker or program planned for March 2018.  Here’s what is 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.)

Dance for rain in March,

Happy March,
Robin Riddle


San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 3/1, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Matt Arnold, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter East Bay
Topic:  Question and answer session
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 3/2, 10am-noon
Program:  Break into discussion groups — those with PD and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 3/2, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ronald Ziman, MD, movement disorder specialist
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Friday, 3/2, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Sarah Eggen-Thornhill, San Mateo County Fall Prevention Coalition
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 3/3, 1-3:15pm (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Caroline Tanner, MD, movement disorder specialist, UC San Francisco
Topic:  Research updates
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 3/5, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Jerrod Sieberg, senior driver ombudsman, DMV
Topics:  Safety issues for senior drivers and strategies for safe driving
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 3/6, 10am-noon (speaker 10:30am-noon
Program:  Break into two discussion groups — those with PD and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Placerville (El Dorado County)
Tuesday, 3/6, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Viewing the “Nutrition and PD” webinar from September 2017
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 3/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Traci Pierce, public information officer, California Highway Patrol, Auburn area
Topic:  Age Well – Drive Smart

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 3/7, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Dr. Tim Znamirowski and Lynn Hawkinson, group members
Topic:  Putting teeth in the subject – Dental health in seniors and people with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Thursday, 3/8, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Bruce Boldon, LAc, senior wellness specialist
Topics:  Exploring benefits of tai chi, qi gong, and acupuncture to reduce symptoms of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/8, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Diane Magallon, MSW, palliative care social worker, Hospice of San Joaquin
Topics #1:  Transitions and palliative care
Guest Speaker #2:  Mary Bullard, Funeral Consumer Alliance
Topic #2:  Local programs
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco/UCSF Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
Thursday, 3/8, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Melanie Lising, MD, movement disorder specialist, Stanford
Topic:  Past, present, and future of DBS
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 3/10, 10am-noon
Program:  Break into three discussion groups — men with PD, women with PD, and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Yuba City (Tri-Counties)
Monday, 3/12, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Susan Honda-Takeda, Adamas Pharmaceuticals
Topic:  Gocovri (amantadine, extended release) for dyskinesia
RSVP?:  No.

Lakeport (Lake County)
Monday, 3/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Gillian Galligan, Acadia Pharmaceuticals
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 3/13, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Christine Blabe, clinical research coordinator, Stanford Neurosciences
Topic:  What we can learn about PD by studying you
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 3/13, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Break into discussion groups — PWP and care partner
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto/Stanford Children’s Hospital Young Onset Parkinson’s (YOPD)
Tuesday, 3/13, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Diviya Kaul, MD, movement disorder fellow, Stanford
Program:  Overview of dance for PD and demonstration class
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
Wednesday, 3/14, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Becky Riemer, RN, clinical outreach nurse, and Anthony Lupian, MSW, social worker, Mission Hospice & Home Care
Topics:  Home care, palliative care, hospice at home, and hospice house for PD – what services are recommended and what’s new?
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 3/15, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Lowe, therapeutic massage therapist, Merced
Topic:  Massage therapy benefits for PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 3/15, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  David Granthan, Rebuilding Together
Topic:  Installing safety features
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 3/16, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Debra Cruz de Groot, RN
Topic:  Nutrition and medications
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 3/17, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MFT, founder, Eldercare Resources
Topic:  Navigating the terrain of living with a progressive illness — important resources you want to know about
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Kaiser Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Monday, 3/19, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Cognitive rehabilitation
RSVP?:  Yes to Kaiser, phone 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 3/20, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Nevins, executive director, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center, Sacramento
Topic:  What Del Oro can do for you
RSVP?:  No.

Elk Grove
Wednesday, 3/21, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Frank Gavial, Martial Arts Ways
Topic:  Tai chi
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 3/23, 1-3pm (speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Paul Lofholm, pharmacist, Sacramento
Topic:  Updates of PD drugs
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 3/26, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Ray Grimm, psychologist, City of Fremont Human Services
Topics:  Social isolation and emotionally dealing with a diagnosis of a degenerative disease
RSVP?:  No.