Sept 2019 – Parkinson’s Support Group Mtgs – Guest Speakers/Programs – Northern and Central California

Sept 2019 – 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 2019.  See the list below of what else is 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?  Generally, it means that there is no speaker at the meeting.  So, it’s an open discussion format.  These open discussion group meetings are not part of this email list.  

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.)

Robin Riddle


Tuesday, 9/3, 10am-noon  (different day for Sept. only)
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  Living with PD

San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 9/3, 10am-noon  
Program:  Two discussion groups – caregivers and PD patients
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/3, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Aaron Daley, UCSF
Topics:  Medicare, community assistance, palliative options, and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Jessica Melchor, outreach coordinator, Passages Caregiver Resource Center
Topic #1:  community services and resources for caregivers
Next activity:  Chair yoga
Next activity:  Bring a book or article to share
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 9/4, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Daniel Greene, MD, urologist, Dignity Health
Topic:  PD – urinary and sexual function
RSVP?:  No.

Carmichael YOPD
Wednesday, 9/4, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Rylee Thompson, Boston Scientific
Topic:  DBS (deep brain stimulation)
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 9/6, 10am-noon  (program begins about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Diron Cassidy, MPT, physical therapist
Topic:  Balance, including balance screenings.
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/9, 1:30-2:40pm
Speaker:  Rick Mello, Stick & Move
Topic:  Boxing and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/10, 2-4pm
Discussion Topic:  How have you made your personal situation with PD positive and encouraging?
RSVP?:  No.

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 9/10, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Leslie van Dalen, Monterey Salinas Transit
Topics:  Mobility programs; ride the bus
RSVP?:  No.   

Palo Alto YOPD/Stanford Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, 9/10, 6pm dinner available, 6:30-8pm speaker
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  Medication for PD
RSVP?:  Yes, by noon on Monday, Sept. 9th to John Mamin, phone/text 650-248-7363.  Indicate how many in your party.  Dinner (pizza, salad, water) will be provided.

Palo Alto/Avenidas
Wednesday, 9/11, 2:30-4pm
Guest Speaker:  DJ Hubbard, counselor and facilitator of PD caregiver support groups
Topic:  Beyond the “Aware in Care” Kit – advocating for PD medications to be given on-time in hospitals, rehab centers, and care facilities
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/12, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Sande Anderson, RN
Topic:  Meditation
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 9/12, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Michelle Nevins, executive director, Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center
Topic:  Available resources, assessment and resources for caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 9/13, 1-3pm  (speaker begins at 1:30)
Guest Speaker:  Representative from California Telephone Access Program (CTAP)
RSVP?:  No.

Berkeley Forum
Saturday, 9/14, 10:30am-12:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Liza Ashbrook, MD, neurologist, UCSF
Topic:  Sleep disorders in PD
RSVP?:  Yes, an RSVP is required online.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 9/14, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  PD is more than a movement disorder
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento Post-Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/Kaiser
Monday, 9/16, 10am-noon
Topics:  DBS surgery and programming
RSVP?:  Yes, required to Kaiser, phone 916-973-6860

Union City
Tuesday, 9/17, 2:45-4pm
Program:  Review recent research including info shared by a World Parkinson’s Congress attendee
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/18, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Ron Ring, counselor, Merced County HICAP
Topics:  Medicare open enrollment and saving on prescriptions
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 9/18, 1-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Khashayar Dashtipour, MD, movement disorder specialist, Loma Linda University, Murrietta
Topic:  Rytary
RSVP?:  No.  

Wednesday, 9/18, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Parul Jindal, MD, movement disorder specialist, Sutter Gould, Modesto
RSVP?:  No.
Note:  New location as of September 2019.  Sutter Health, 1700 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

Palo Alto Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/Stanford
Thursday, 9/19, 11am lunch available, 11:30am-12:45pm speaker
Guest Speaker:  Casey Halpern, MD, neurosurgeon, Stanford
Topic:  PD – What to do when meds stop working
RSVP?:  Required by noon on Tuesday 9/17 to Steven Russell, Stanford, phone 650-995-6379.  Indicate how many in your party.  Lunch will be provided.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 9/21, 10am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speaker:  Cindy Gershen, chef/owner, Sunrise Bistro
Topic:  Nutrition in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 9/23, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Chris Way, MD, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Mountain View
Topic:  Candidacy for DBS surgery
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 9/24, 1-2:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Padma Mahant, MD, movement disorder specialist, Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix
Topic:  Going from off-time to on-time faster with inhaled levodopa
RSVP?:  Yes, required as seating is limited.  RSVP to Bernadette Murray, phone/text 530-661-1950.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 9/27, 1-3pm  (speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Stephanie Lawrence
Topic:  Yoga for Parkinson’s
RSVP?:  No.