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

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


Many Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups meetings have speakers or discussion programs planned in September 2018.  And there’s also a PD conference in Sacramento this month. See the list below of what’s happening 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?  Three support groups are not meeting in September (Davis, Santa Rosa/Sonoma County, and Turlock).

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.)

Happy September,
Robin Riddle


Tuesday, 9/4, 10am-noon  (meeting on 1st Tuesday in Sept)
Guest Speaker:  Shelly Azevedo, myofunctional specialist
Topics:  Facial, speech, and swallowing issues in PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 9/4, 10am-noon (speaker usually begins at 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Kenneth Renwick, MD
Topic:  Medical marijuana for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/4, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Watch “Vision Symptoms of PD” – a 2015 webinar
from the Parkinson’s Foundation
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Ability Tools representative
Topics:  Selecting the right scooter and other services regarding
assistive technology, mobility, and medical equipment
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Enloe Hospital representative
Topic:  PWR educational event on October 19th
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 9/5, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speakers:  Miriam Tutman and Holly Blue Hawkins
Topics:  Tricks and tips of healthcare and setting up affordable
care at home
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/5, 6:30-8pm
Program:  Watch “Capturing Grace” video
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 9/7, 10am-noon  (speaker begins about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Kathleen Poston, MD, movement disorder specialist,
Stanford University
Topic:  Fatigue, drowsiness, and depression in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Clovis (Greater Fresno)
Saturday, 9/8, 10am-noon
Program:  Discussion groups – men with PD, women with PD, men
caregivers, women caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Berkeley Forum
Saturday, 9/8, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker #1:  Doris Wang, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, UCSF
Topic #1:  How deep brain stimulation treatment works
Guest Speaker #2:  Coralie de Hemptinne, PhD, UCSF researcher
Topic #2:  Latest in clinical trails
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Register onlineEmail or call 510-479-6119.  $10 donation requested.

Yuba City (Tri-County)
Monday, 9/10, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Kate Goodson, community police coordinator,
Yuba City Police Department
Topic:  How seniors can watch out for scams
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Aubrey Lim, Five Microns
Topic:  Tremor-reducing device
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/11, 11:30am (lunch meeting)
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Watson, Sierra Senior Placement
Topic:  Types of assistance, places, and cost
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 9/11, 2-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Amy Carlson, ambassador, Davis Phinney
Topic:  How to have PD
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 9/11, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Ann Boylan, patient advocate, Parkinson’s
Topic:  How to prepare for hospitalization
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 9/11, 3-4:30pm
Program:  Discussion groups – people with PD and care partners
RSVP?:  No.

Palo Alto YOPD (Young Onset PD)/Stanford
Tuesday, 9/11, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Robert Magbanua, Mark Green Sports Center,
Union City
Topic:  Rock Steady Boxing
RSVP?:  Yes, if this is your first time attending.  Please email group
leader John Mamin.

Menlo Park/Little House
Wednesday, 9/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Carrolee Barlow, MD, CEO, The Parkinson’s
Institute, Sunnyvale
Topic:  Causes, treatment, and latest research in treating PD
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/13, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Karen Fabreo-Hittle, PT, physical therapist,
O’Connor Woods, Stockton
Topic #1:  Successful transferring
Guest Speaker #2:  Anna Lissa Garcia, OT, occupational
therapist, O’Connor Woods, Stockton
Topic #2:  How speech therapy can help with swallowing, speech
volume, and articulation
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 9/14, 1-3:30pm  (speaker begins about 1:30pm)
Guest Speaker:  Colleen Fischer, Parkinson’s Organization
Topic:  The organization, resources, and how it can help those
with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 9/15, 10am-noon  (speakers begin at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker #1:  Carol Fisher, RYT, yoga therapist
Topic #1:  Meditation and yoga
Guest Speaker #2:  Elaine Welch, CEO, Mobility Matters
Topic #2:  Transportation issues for seniors and disabled
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Kaiser
Monday, 9/17, 10am-noon
Program:  Resources for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Kaiser Neuroscience, 916-973-6860

Tuesday, 9/18, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Cate McGregor, nurse educator, Coalition for
Compassionate Care of California
Topic:  Importance of POLST
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/19, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Colleen Fischer, national coordinator of
signature events, Parkinson’s Foundation
Topics:  Parkinson’s Foundation, research updates, genetics
initiative, free programs, etc.
RSVP?:  No.

Sunnyvale Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Group
Wednesday, 9/19, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Doris Wang, MD, PhD, neurosurgeon, UCSF
Topic:  DBS for PD – Current Strategies and Future Trends
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/20, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Claire Osborne, OT, occupational therapist,
and Judy Chi, PT, physical therapist
Topic:  LSVT BIG and LOUD programs
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Contact Elina Lopez, Amie’s Senior Care,

Sacramento – Annual PANC Education Conference
Saturday, 9/22, 9am-3pm
McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave.
RSVP?  Yes, required.  Register online.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 9/28, 1-3pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Janet Lott, Alexander Technique instructor
Program:  Tango for PD – demonstration class
RSVP?:  No.