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

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


Some Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups are not meeting in August (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 August…

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, few support groups are not meeting in August (Fresno/Clovis, Lakeport, Millbrae, and San Leandro/San Lorenzo) or have social events (Fremont, Hollister, Lodi, Mill Valley/Marin County, and Soquel/Santa Cruz County).

If a group isn’t listed below, it might also mean that there’s open discussion at the meeting.  Only meetings with guest speakers or programs are listed here.

It could 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.)

Take care,

Robin Riddle


Wednesday, 8/1, 6:30-8pm
Main Program:  Watch video on Parkinson’s Voice Project
Guest Speaker (Brief):  Five Microns representative about study for
device that targets tremor
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 8/3, 10am-noon  (speaker begins about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Harvey Sackett, Esquire
Topic:  Filing for Social Security disability benefits with a PD diagnosis
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Friday, 8/3, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Jetta Van Hemert, PT, physical therapist, Half Moon Bay
Senior Center
Topic:  Rosen method and exercise for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 8/7, 10am-noon (speaker usually begins at 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Bailey Freitas, SLP, speech therapist, Sonora Regional
Hospital and other places
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 8/7, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Watch “Freezing or Sweating Falls When Walking with PD”
webinar from the Parkinson’s Foundation
RSVP?:  No.

Menlo Park/Little House
Wednesday, 8/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Ellen Corman, director, Stanford’s Farewell to Falls Program
Topic:  Fall prevention in Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 8/9, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeremiah Folia, Five Microns
Topic:  Tremor-reducing device study
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 8/11, 1-3:15pm (speaker from 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Diana Partovi, neuropsychologist, VA
Topic:  Managing cognitive changes in Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 8/13, 10am-noon
Program:  Dance for Parkinson’s demonstration class led by Rose, Dance
for Parkinson’s representative
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 8/14, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Laura Logsdon, AbbVie
Topic:  Duopa
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 8/14, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jennifer D’Attilio, SLP, speech therapist
Topic:  Parkinson’s Voice Project
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)/Stanford
Tuesday, 8/14, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  James Lu, DPT, LAc, acupuncturist, Zhu’s
Neuro-Acupuncture and Rehabilitation Center, San Jose
Topic:  Scalp acupuncture for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Please email group
leader John Mamin.

Sacramento Post-DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/UC Davis
Wednesday, 8/14, 2:30-4:30pm
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Contact Karla Lindstrom, UC Davis,

Thursday, 8/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Coralie De Hemptinne, MD, movement disorder specialist,
UCSF Neurosurgery
Topic:  Next generation deep brain stimulation (DBS)
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Contact Elina Lopez, Amie’s Senior Care,

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 8/18, 9am-noon  (speaker 10:45am-11:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Maxwell Merkow, MD, neurosurgeon
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation (DBS) – rationale, evaluation, and
emerging technology
RSVP?:  No.