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

Oct 2019 – PD Events and 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 October 2019.  See the list below of what else is happening near you…

One special support group note:  The Palo Alto group has changed locations to a new venue downtown.  The October 9th meeting is in the new Palo Alto location. 

There’s a special art program in SF on October 11th.  And there are two conferences in October — “Women in PD” conference on October 19th, Fremont, and a PANC conference on October 26th, Sacramento.  These three programs require advance registration.

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.)No falling in the fall (autumn),

Robin Riddle


San Andreas (Calaveras County)
Tuesday, 10/1, 10am-noon 
Guest Speaker:  Kyle Rootsaert, pharmacist, CVS, Valley Springs
Topic:  Nutrition
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Michael Creedon, Mobility Works, Sacramento
Topics:  Options for handicapped vans and adaptive devices
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 10/1, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Sharyl Kooyer, RN, AIM regional manager, Sutter Hospice
Topic:  Advanced Illness Management (AIM)
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/2, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Erin Haley, MT, neurologic music therapist
Topic:  Singing and music therapy
RSVP?:  No.

Soquel (Santa Cruz County)
Wednesday, 10/2, 2-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  Non-motor PD symptoms
RSVP?:  No.

San Lorenzo (San Leandro)
Thursday, 10/3, 10-11:30am
Guest Speaker:  Colleen Fischer, Parkinson’s Foundation
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 10/4, 10am-noon  (program begins about 10:15am)
Program:  Breakout sessions — PwP and caregivers
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Friday, 10/4, 12:30-2pm  (special time for Oct. only)
Guest Speaker:  Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF
Topic:  Neuroprotection and wellness
RSVP?:  No.

Santa Rosa (Sonoma County)
Saturday, 10/5, 1-2pm
Guest Speaker:  Suketu Khandhar, MD, movement disorder specialist, Kaiser Sacramento
Topic:  Going against the grain – changing perceptions in PD care
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/7, 10am-noon  
Guest Speaker:  Jim Fitzpatrick, health/life insurance agent
Topic:  Medicare and other changes
RSVP?:  No.

Bakersfield (Kern County)
Tuesday, 10/8, arrive by 12:45pm, 1-3pm  (special time for Oct. only)
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  Taking on PD
RSVP?:  Yes, preferred by 10/7, to Bill Burgemaster, group leader

Pacific Grove (Monterey County)
Tuesday, 10/8, 3-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Alejandro Centurion, MD
Topic:  Parkinson’s in the year 2020
RSVP?:  No.   

Palo Alto YOPD/Stanford Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, 10/8, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Sarah Gaffney, Case Remodeling
Topic:  Designing the adaptable home – simple ways to prepare for future needs
RSVP?:  If you are a newcomer to this meeting, please RSVP by Monday, 10/7 to John Mamin, phone/text 650-248-7363

Palo Alto/Channing House  (new meeting location!)
Wednesday, 10/9, 2:30-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Kristin Andruska, MD, movement disorder specialist, The Parkinson’s Institute, Mountain View
Topic:  The gut and PD
RSVP?:  No.
Note:  See blog post about new meeting location

Thursday, 10/10, 10:30am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Liz Stehula, Abbott Neuromodulation
Topic:  Difference between Abbott’s DBS device and others
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 10/10, 1:30-3pm
Discussion topic:  What works in dealing with depression, anxiety, and panic attacks
RSVP?:  No.

San Francisco – Parkinson’s Connecting through Art
Friday, 10/11, 10am-noon
Program:  New creative arts program for those with PD
RSVP?:  Yes, required to Samuel Yee, UCSF, 415-353-4628, samuel.yee@ucsf.edu

Friday, 10/11, 1:30-3:30pm
Program:  Go Wish game to stimulate conversation about end-of-life considerations and choices for both caregivers and care-receivers
RSVP?:  No

Clovis (Greater Fresno)
Saturday, 10/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Tish Davis, Auspine In Home Care and Transportation
Topic:  Services available
RSVP?:  No.

Saturday, 10/12, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Mandee Starn, SLP, speech therapist
Topic:  How PD can impact speech and swallowing, and what can be done about it
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/14, 10am-noon
Program:  Exercises demonstrated by Heidi, PT and another person from LifeGuard, an inhome health care system
RSVP?:  No.

Monday, 10/14, 1:30-2:40pm
Speaker:  Marysue DiTullio, Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC), Gilroy
Topic:  Resources available through SVILC for seniors and PD
RSVP?:  No.

Union City
Tuesday, 10/15, 2:45-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Stacie Thomas, SLP, speech therapist
Topic:  Swallowing and speech problems in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/16, 10am-noon
Guest Speaker:  Salima Brillman, MD, movement disorder specialist
Topic:  New medications to treat PD
RSVP?:  No.

Wednesday, 10/16, 1:30-3:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Sandy Howell, HICAP volunteer
Topic:  Medicare changes in 2020
RSVP?:  No.
Reminder:  New location as of September 2019 — Sutter Health, 1700 McHenry Ave., Modesto.

Sacramento Post-Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/UCD
Wednesday, 10/16, 2:30-4:30pm
Guest Speaker:  Alyssa Weakley, PhD, neuropsychology postdoctural fellow, UCD
Topic:  Cognitive changes and adaptation
RSVP?:  Yes, required to UCD, phone 916-734-6841

Fremont – Women and Parkinson’s Disease
Saturday, 10/19, 8:30am-2pm
Speakers:  Caroline Tanner, MD, PhD, movement disorder specialist, UCSF, and Maya Katz, MD, movement disorder specialist, UCSFNote:  Program is free.  Lunch is provided.
RSVP?:  Yes, required as seating is limited.  RSVP with Parkinson Foundation, phone 800-473-4636

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 10/19, 10am-noon  (speaker begins at 10:45am)
Guest Speakers:  Petra Fibrichova and Jodi Barry, yoga therapists
Topic:  Yoga and movement for wellness recovery
RSVP?:  No.

Mill Valley (Marin County)
Friday, 10/25, 1-3pm  (speaker is 1-2pm)
Guest Speaker:  Keith Harband, CEO, New Enamel, Santa Rosa
RSVP?:  No.

Sacramento – Annual PD Education Conference
Saturday, 10/26, 9:30am-2:30pm program (8:30am check in)
Many speakers including movement disorder specialists, physical therapists, etc.Note:  $25 fee
RSVP?:  Yes, required as seating is limited.  Deadline is 10/18 though the conference will sell out prior to that.  RSVP with PANC

Monday, 10/28, 7-9:30pm
Guest Speaker #1:  Lisa Bryant
Topic #1:  Inbrija
Guest Speaker #2:  Karlene Haddon, RN, Kaiser Palliative Care
Topic:  Palliative care
RSVP?:  No.