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

July 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 are not meeting in July (summer vacation or social events).  For those that are meeting, here’s information about guest speakers or discussion programs at a support group near you in July…

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?  As mentioned above, many support groups are not meeting in July (Placerville, Chico, San Leandro, San Jose/Willow Glen, Visalia, Half Moon Bay, Santa Rosa, Lakeport, Stockton, Modesto) or have social events (Brentwood, Palo Alto YOPD).

If a group isn’t listed below, it might also mean that the guest speaker info didn’t arrive from the group in time to be added here.  Or, 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.)

Hope everyone has a cool July 4th celebration with good food, adult beverages, and spectacular fireworks (if you can stay up that late).

Take care,

Robin Riddle


Monday, 7/2, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Rosado, Disability Resource Aging for Independent Living (DRAIL), San Joaquin County
Topic:  Resources and device to help make daily living easier for those with challenges
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 7/3, 10am-noon (guest speaker usually starts at 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Kenneth Renwick, MD, family physician, Calaveras County
Topic:  Medical marijuana for people with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)
Tuesday, 7/3, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Conrad Kimball, Fivemicrons
Topic:  Tremelo – wearable device to reduce arm tremor
RSVP?:  Yes to Monica Volz

Yuba City (Tri County)
Monday, 7/9, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Cheryl Dorsey, GE, neurological sales specialist
Topic:  DaTscan
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/9, 1:30-2:40pm – new time as of July
Guest Speaker:  Julie Heynes, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 7/10, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeri Williams, MD, movement disorder specialist, private practice, Bakersfield
Topic:  Xadago – new PD medication
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 7/10, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Consuelo Juarez, patient advocate, Rare Patient Voice
RSVP?:  No.

Menlo Park/Little House
Wednesday, 7/11, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Nikki Hochhauser, Home Instead Senior Care, Sunnyvale (servicing Belmont to Cupertino)
Topics:  Senior care options for those with PD, suggestions for hiring an agency or private caregivers, avoiding elder scams, and the 70/40 conversation rules
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County) – different day for July meeting only
Wednesday, 7/11, 2-3:30pm
Program:  Meet others in group in semi-structured way.  First, sit at tables by geography.  Second, sit at tables based on gender and whether you have PD or are a caregiver.  Discussion questions are suggested.
RSVP?:  No.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Thursday, 7/12, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Marie Held, SLP, speech therapist, Brookdale Home Health
Topic:  Speech therapy services for managing PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/UCSF
Thursday, 7/12, 6-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Kim Voronin, coach, Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), San Francisco
Topics:  RSB, and DBS precautions with high-intensity exercise programs like RSB
RSVP?:  Yes, to Monica Volz

Clovis (Greater Fresno)
Saturday, 7/14, 10am-noon
Discussion Topic:  Alternative treatments for PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Kaiser Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)
Monday, 7/16, 10am-noon
Meeting location for July:  Cottage A (3120 Cottage Way) – conference room
Guest Speaker:  Conrad Pappas, MD, neurosurgeon, Kaiser
Topic:  Post-DBS surgery care and concerns
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Kaiser at phone 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 7/17, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Rock Steady Boxing Roseville representative
RSVP?:  No.

Elk Grove
Wednesday, 7/18, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Deborah Gonzalez, speech therapist, Dignity Health
Topics:  Voice projection and swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 7/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Kelly Lowe, therapeutic massage therapist, Merced
Topic:  Pressure points
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 7/10, 1:30-3pm (day change for July meeting only)
Guest Speaker:  Jeremiah Folia, Five Microns, Fresno
Topic:  Tremelo – wearable device to reduce arm tremor
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento/Arden Arcade
Thursday, 7/19, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Karen Low, SLP, speech therapist, Kaiser
Topics:  Voice projection and swallowing
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 7/23, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Conrad Kimball, Five Microns, Fresno
Topic:  Demonstration of arm sleeve for tremors

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 7/21, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Lena Hart, Alexander Technique instructor
Topic:  Redefining and finding balance with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 7/27, 10am-noon (guest speaker is 10am-11am)
Guest Speaker:  Mindy Kay Bixby, DO, movement disorder specialist, Brain and Elective Spine Treatment Center, Orange County
Topic:  Dyskinesia – what can be done?
RSVP?:  No.