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

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

While most Northern and Central California Parkinson’s Disease (PD) support groups have holiday parties or are not meeting in December, a few groups do have meetings with speakers or programs.  See the list below of what is happening near you… 

Two special notes:  The Palo Alto group (meeting on December 11th) has changed locations to a new venue downtown, as of a couple of months ago.  And there’s a quarterly DBS support group meeting at Stanford this month (meeting on December 19th).

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?  For December, that usually means the group is not meeting or is having a holiday party.  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.)

Stay warm and dry,
Robin Riddle


San Francisco YOPD (Young Onset PD)/UCSF
Tuesday, 12/3, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Prarthana Prakash, MD, neurology fellow, UCSF
Topic:  PD sub-types
RSVP?:  Yes, to Monica Volz.

Wednesday, 12/4, 1:30-3pm
Guest Speaker:  Megan Willi, speech/language pathologist, CSU Chico
Topic:  LSVT LOUD – update and demonstration
RSVP?:  No.

Carmichael YOPD (Young Onset PD)
Wednesday, 12/4, 6:30-8pm
Guest Speaker:  Angela Leahy, clinical pharmacist, Sutter
Topic:  Current treatment and future therapies with PD medications
RSVP?:  No.

San Jose – Willow Glen
Friday, 12/6, 10am-noon  (program begins about 10:15am)
Guest Speaker:  Sharon Jung, NP, Puget Sound Neurology, Tacoma
Topic:  Management of off-episodes using Apokyn
RSVP?:  No.

Half Moon Bay
Friday, 12/6, 12:15-1:15pm  (special time for December only)
Guest Speaker:  Randy Hoffman, speech/language pathologist, Palo Alto Speech
Topic:  Speech and swallowing issues in PD
RSVP?:  No.

Napa YOPD (Young Onset PD) – all ages welcome
Saturday, 12/8, 3-5pm
Holiday party plus
Guest Speaker:  Winslow Rouse, tai chi instructor
Topic:  Tai chi and PD
RSVP?:  Yes, to Kathay Smith.

Palo Alto/Channing House  (new meeting location!)
Wednesday, 12/11, 2:30-4pm
Program:  Discussion groups of those with PD and caregivers.  Facilitated by Sydney Fergason, Rock Steady Boxing Bay Area, and  others.  Plus fun (!) brain games and food.
RSVP?:  No.

Thursday, 12/12, 10-11am
Guest Speaker:  Jeff Solomon, Boston Scientific
Topic:  Deep brain stimulation (DBS)
RSVP?:  No.

Friday, 12/13, 3-4pm
Guest Speaker:  Glenda Hesseltine, Humboldt Patient Resource Center
Topic:  Tai chi for PD and pain management
RSVP?:  No.

Tuesday, 12/17, 1-2:30pm  (special day for December only)
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Gerred PopeJoy, Nordic Walking Nations, Fair Oaks
Topic:  Nordic pole walking for people with PD
RSVP?:  Required as seating limited.  RSVP to Bernadette Murray, phone 530-661-1950.

Palo Alto Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)/Stanford
Thursday, 12/19, 11am lunch available, 11:30am-12:45pm program
Panel Discussion about DBS with two people with PD who have had DBS and one caregiver to someone who has had DBS
RSVP?:  Required by noon on Tuesday 12/17 to Steven Russell, Stanford, phone 650-995-6379.  Indicate how many in your party.  Lunch is provided.

Thursday, 12/19, 1:30-3pm
Program:  A music director will demonstrate warm-up techniques for voice strengthening
RSVP?:  No.

Walnut Creek (Mt. Diablo)
Saturday, 12/21, 10-11:45am  (program begins at 10:30am)
Guest Speaker:  Robert Cochrane, PhD student in kinesiology, UNLV
Topic:  Improv to improve PD
Plus holiday party
RSVP?:  No.