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

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

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Here’s what’s happening at a Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support group near you in June 2018…  

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.)

Be well,
Robin Riddle


San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 6/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Aura Oslapas, StrivePD
Topic:  An app to help manage PD
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 6/2, 1-3:15pm (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Joey Laus, speech therapist, UCSF
Topic:  Swallowing management in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 6/4, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Nance Shaddy, director of fitness/wellness, O’Connor Woods
Topic:  Delay the Disease exercise program
RSVP?:  No.

Placerville (El Dorado County)
Tuesday, 6/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Bret Garduno, Abbvie
Topic:  Duopa pump delivery system for advanced PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Cheryle Dorsey, MPh, neurologic sales specialist, GE
Topic:  DaTscan’s role in diagnosing PD
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County) – new location as of May
Wednesday, 6/6, 2-3:30pm – new time as of May
Panelists:  Three people with Parkinson’s and one care partner
Panel Topic:  When it comes to PD – what works and what doesn’t?
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/6, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Deborah Penner, DC, Chico Creek Wellness
Topic:  Nutrition and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/6, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  David Klitzke, group member
Topic:  Research report on sleep disturbances in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Clovis (Greater Fresno)
Saturday, 6/9, 10am-noon
Panelists:  Representatives from public transportation, DMV, and California Telephone Access Program
Panel Topic:  How services can simplify your life
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 6/11, 1:30-3:30pm – new time as of June
Program:  Watch 2010 CNN interview with Michael J. Fox.  Discuss sharing PD info.
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 6/12, 2-4pm
Topic:  Nutrition
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 6/12, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Ann Boylan, Parkinson’s Foundation patient advocate
Topic:  Staying proactive – continued learning through online resources
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 6/12, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Two discussion groups – people with Parkinson’s and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Tuesday, 6/12, 6:30-8pm
Panelists:  Several group members who have had DBS (deep brain stimulation) surgery
Panel Topic:  DBS without the BS
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time.  Email Martha Gardner at least 24 hours in advance.

Menlo Park/Little House
Wednesday, 6/13, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Theresa Najjar, DPT, NCS, neurologic physical therapist, Synaptic Physical Therapy, Sunnyvale
Program:  Demonstration of exercises for PD (balance, posture, boxing, dance, PWR, tai chi).  Participate either seated or standing.  Plus a short lecture of the value of movement, exercise, and physical therapy for PD.
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 6/15, 1-3pm
Guest Spaker:  Gillian Galligan, Acadia Pharmaceutical representative
Topic:  Non-Motor Symptoms of PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 6/15, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Debra Cruz de Groot, RN (retired)
Topic:  Use of cannabis for PD symptoms
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 6/16, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Kaitie Ty Warren, vocal instructor
Topic:  Be Heard – the mechanics of speech for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 6/19, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Laura Medina, EveryDay Health Concepts, Lincoln
Topic:  Nutritional wellness
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 6/20, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sandy Howell, HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) representative
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Sutter Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Wednesday, 6/20, 2:30-4:30pm
Discussion Topic:  Nutrition
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Sutter Neuroscience at phone 916-454-6936.

Thursday, 6/21, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Claire Osborne and Judy Chi, Mercy Outpatient Services
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 6/21, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Sherry Strong, Yolo County Cannabis Coalition
Topic:  Cannabis and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 6/22, 1-3pm (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Sean Sheridan, Abbott Laboratories representative
Topic:  New aspects of deep brain stimulation (DBS)
RSVP?:  No.

Napa Young Onset PD (YOPD)
Sunday, 6/24, 3-5pm (guest speaker 4-5pm)
Guest Speaker #1:  Susan Gai, dance instructor
Guest Speaker #2:  Conrad Kimball, Five Microns, Fresno
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen Caregivers Only
Wednesday, 6/27, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Steven Russell, Brain Support Network and Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach
Topic:  Brain donation for Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological disorders
RSVP?:  No.