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

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


Only a few Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups meetings have speakers or discussion programs planned in December 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?  In December, it’s very common for there to be a social event (see list below).  Several groups do not meet in December (see list below).

It might mean that there is no speaker at the meeting; so, it’s an open discussion format. It might 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.)

Many groups have social events in December, including:  Bakersfield (Kern County), Clovis (Greater Fresno), Elk Grove, Fremont, Lodi, Napa YOPD, Palo Alto/Young Onset PD, Redding, Roseville, San Andreas (Calaveras County), San Lorenzo (San Leandro), Santa Rosa (Sonoma County), Soquel (Santa Cruz County), Visalia, and Yuba City (Tri-County).

These groups are not meeting in December:  Brentwood, Lincoln, Merced, Mill Valley (Marin County), Modesto, Pacific Grove (Monterey County), Sacramento/Arden Arcade, Stockton, and Sunnyvale DBS.

Happy December,
Robin Riddle


Tuesday, 12/4, 1:30-3pm
Program:  Short video on Michael J. Fox and then discussion of making it
through the holidays with PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease)/UCSF
Tuesday, 12/4, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Andreea Seritan, MD, psychiatrist, UCSF Movement
Disorders and Neuromodulation Center
Topic:  Rumination and resilience
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred to Monica Volz.

Wednesday, 12/5, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Amber Vistart, SLP, speech therapist, Enloe Hospital
Topic:  Speech and PD
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose/Willow Glen
Friday, 12/7, 10am-noon  (program begins about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Elena Call, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser
Topics:  Kaiser resources
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Friday, 12/7, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Christine Howard, PT, physical therapist, Sequoia Hospital
Topic:  LSVT BIG
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 12/10, 1:30-2:40pm
Guest Speaker:  Kendra Stelzer, Boston Scientific
Topic:  DBS surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 12/10, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Phil Myers, group leader
Topic:  Various recent webinars
RSVP?:  No.

Menlo Park/Little House
Wednesday, 12/12, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sue Alvey, LPCC, counselor, Palo Alto
Topics:  Decisions and transitions with PD, caregiving, and aging. Plus
holiday coping, family meetings, and home visits.
RSVP?:  No.

Sonoma/Vintage House
Thursday, 12/13, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Gillian Galligan, sales specialist, Acadia Pharmaceuticals
Topic:  Non-motor symptoms in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation)/UC Davis
Wednesday, 12/19, 2:30-4:30pm
Program:  Panel of patients from UCD, Sutter, and Kaiser on what to
expect post-DBS
RSVP?:  Yes, required.  Email Karla, UCD.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 12/15, 10am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Kaitie Warren, Be Heard!
Topic:  Vocal health
RSVP?:  No.