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

Oct 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 meetings have speakers or discussion programs planned in October 2018.  And there’s a new PD support group starting in Sacramento (Natomas area).  See the list below of what’s happening near you…

Most Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups meetings have speakers or discussion programs planned in October 2018.  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?  It might 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 Halloween (it’ll be here before we know it),
Robin Riddle


Monday, 10/1, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Mohammet Kazmi, MD, neurologist, Lodi Memorial Hospital
RSVP?:  No.

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 10/2, 10am-noon (speaker usually begins at 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Mike Pierce, independent living specialist, DRAIL
Topics:  Benefits planning, housing referrals, independent living
skills, etc.
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)/UCSF
Tuesday, 10/2, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Steve Blake, ScD, Neuroscience Nutrition Foundation, Hawaii
Topic:  Dietary regulation of dopamine
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred to Monica Volz, monica.volz@ucsf.edu

Wednesday, 10/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Enloe Hospital representative
Topic:  PWR educational event on October 19th
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 10/3, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Robin Riddle, Stanford APDA Information & Referral
Center and Brain Support Network
Topics:  “If it’s not Parkinson’s, what is it?” – an overview of the
atypical parkinsonism disorders and the value of brain donation to
support PD research
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/3, 6:30-8pm
Program:  Watch videos of “Dance Moves Me” and “Pyschological Tactics
for Fooling Freezing of Gait” (from the Parkinson’s Movement Lab)
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 10/4, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Diana Cosio-Sandino, senior health educator, Kaiser
Topic:  General nutrition
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 10/5, 10am-noon  (speaker begins about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Lauren Paglisotti, community engagement officer, Michael
J. Fox Foundation
Topic:  Update on latest research and therapies
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 10/5, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Courtney Wiley, PT, physical therapist, Kaweah Delta
Hospital Neuro Specialists
Topic:  Importance of staying mobile and exercising
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 10/6, 1-3:15pm  (guest speakers 1-2pm)
Panelist #1:  Colleen Fisher, Parkinson’s Foundation representative
Topic #1:  Aware in Care Kits, Helpline, and pamphlets
Panelist #2:  Robin Riddle, Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach
Topic #2:  PD referral services, educational materials, and issues
raised by caregivers
Panelist #3:  Cheryl Fox, local patient advocate
Topic #3:  Local care options and services
Panelist #4:  Judy Long, chaplain, UCSF
Topic #4:  Dealing with anxiety and stress, preparing for medical
visits, and telemedicine
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/8, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, group leader
Topic:  Content of recent PANC educational event
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/9, 11:30am (lunch meeting)
Program:  Sharing experiences from recent PD educational conference
RSVP?:  No.

Union City/Mark Green Sports Center
Tuesday, 10/9, 2:45-4pm
Program:  “Show and Tell” – what’s been helpful in our day-to-day lives
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 10/9, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Jeanine Yip, DPT, physical therapist, CHOMP
Topic:  Fall prevention and exercises to help prevent falls
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/10, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Anthony Freitas, PT, physical therapist, Therapy Specialists
Topic:  Fall prevention for those with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Menlo Park/Little House
Wednesday, 10/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, director, Stanford Movement
Disorders Center
Topic:  The latest in DBS for PD – Sensing brain rhythms enables
personalized, closed loop deep brain stimulation
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento – Natomas
Thursday, 10/11, 10-11am
Location:  Adventure Christian Church, 1500 N. Market Blvd., Sacramento
Topic:  First organizational meeting of this new support group!
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/11, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Lin Zhang, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, UC Davis
Topic:  Movement problems in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 10/12, 1-3:30pm  (speaker begins about 1:30pm)
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders
Center of Silicon Valley, Menlo Park
Topic:  Movement problems in PD (with a focus on dyskinesia)
RSVP?:  No.

Clovis (Greater Fresno)
Saturday, 10/13, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Stuart Gong
Topic:  Alternative ways to train the brain with exercises
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/16, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Salvador Alvia, Acadia Pharmaceuticals
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/17, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sandy Howell, volunteer counselor, HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)
Topics:  Changes to Medicare and supplemental plans (including Advantage)
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/Sutter
Wednesday, 10/17, 2:30-4:30pm
Topic:  Vision and driving safety
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Call Sutter Neuroscience, 916-454-6936

Thursday, 10/18, 10am-noon
Guest Speakers:  Rafael Zuzuarregui, MD, movement disorder specialist,
UCSF Fresno
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred.  Contact Elina Lopez, Amie’s Senior Care,
elina@amiesseniorcare.com, 209-384-3300.

Thursday, 10/18, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Denise Davis, program coordinator, Sacramento Alzheimer’s
Topic:  Understanding Dementia and Alzheimer’s
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 10/20, 10am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Alan Stark, PhD, neuropsychologist, Kaiser
Topic:  Cognitive rehabilitation
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/22, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Michael Galvin, program director, Community Resources
for Independent Living (CRIL)
Topics:  Devices and resources to make everyday living easier for those
with PD
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay (special day and location for this month only)
Wednesday, 10/24, 1-2pm
Location:  Half Moon Bay Library, community room
Guest Speaker:  Sarah Eggen-Thornhill, health educator, San Mateo County
Fall Prevention Coalition
Topic:  Fall prevention
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 10/26, 1-3pm  (guest speaker 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Michael Moskowitz, MD, Bay Area Pain Medical Associates
Topic:  Medical cannabis for PD
RSVP?:  No.