Welcome!

We are the Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo.  Our mission is to provide information, resources, and social interaction to support people living with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregiving community.   We fulfill this mission through monthly support groups for people with PD and caregivers; therapeutic yoga, exercise, and movement classes; monthly expert speakers on PD research and treatment; the Shaky Times monthly newsletter; the Tremble Clefs choral group;  and an extensive library of books, journals, and pamphlets on PD. 


Meetings and Activities 

Due to the continuing pandemic, in-person meetings and classes are suspended.  We are producing monthly recorded programs as well as live-streamed Lunch and Learn programs.  See information below for online exercise and activity classes, as well as support groups.  All of our recorded content is available on our YouTube channel.  Sample the content and subscribe!

PNMD YouTube Channel


February Virtual Program Link

Multiple videos to keep you updated on important developments, resources and human stories in managing Parkinson’s Disease:

  •  Bill Clinch introduces our program
  •  Davis Phinney Foundation tour
  •  Whispered ‘Ah’ exercise with Lena Hart
  • Ask the Parkinson’s expert: Physical therapy
  • World first trial for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials – Part 2
  • Music coda: Somewhere over the rainbow

For links to previous recorded programs, see the Meetings page.


March Lunch and Learn Program:   

Wednesday, March 17 – 12-1 pm

Speaker: Ethan Brown, MD
Weill Institute for Neurosciences, Dept. of Neurology, UCSF.
Topic: The Microbiome in Parkinson’s Disease

with time for questions

Explore the gut-brain connection in Parkinson’s Disease. In the PD research field, the Braak Hypothesis suggests that the earliest signs of Parkinson’s may be found in the enteric nervous system (also known as the brain in the gut). Dr. Brown will discuss his research into this hypothesis, and the interventional drug trial now in progress at UCSF. This is a great chance to learn directly from a leading expert. 

 

Zoom meeting links will be sent in a PNMD email.  If you are not on our mailing list, please request the link by sending an email to web@pnmd.net.  


The Shaky Times Newsletter

March 2021 Shaky Times

  • What is a Virus Anyway?
  • Donations and Upcoming Events
  • Staying Hydrated with Parkinson’s
  • How Are You?

Previous issues of the Shaky Times


Support Group Meetings on Zoom

Although we cannot gather in person, we have organized Support Group meetings on Zoom so that we can connect with one another.

Women with Parkinson’s – first Saturday
Men with Parkinson’s – small groups – various times
Caregivers – third Saturday
Tri-Valley Chapter -first and third Wednesdays

Contact information for these groups on the Meetings page.


Parkinson Exercise, Movement, Communication Classes

  • Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery – Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 
    Gentle Yoga –
    Wednesday.  Contact Petra Fibrichova at 510-520-4523, fibrichova@gmail.com.
  • Yoga and Meditation   Yoga on Thursdays 10-11 am.  Free meditation on Friday, 10:30 – 11 am.  Call Jodi Barry at 415-328-4123 or jodibarry@jodi.yoga.
  • Communication Group:  Wednesday, 1-1:30 pm.  Contact Sarah Talach, 925-232-1868, talachspeechtheraphy@gmail.com.
  • Rock Steady Boxing – Varied days and times.  Locate a class
  • Alexander Technique Group Class:  Working on improving balance, walking, sitting, standing, and performing activities with greater ease.  Contact Lena Hart at 917-806-7929 or lessons@alexandertechinqueSFBayArea.com.  (On hiatus)
  • Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s:  Tuesdays, 3-4 pm on Zoom.
    Contact Debbie Sternbach,  510-653-8362, fasn8n@comcast.net.
  • Improv to Improve Parkinson’s Disease:  Monday and Friday, 2-3 pm.  Contact Robert Cochrane, robert@cszlasvegas.com, 702-575-8841.

 

Become a member today or renew your membership! Click on this link to join or renew online!

If you have any questions, please contact us at 925-939-4210, or email  president@pnmd.net.

To sign up for emails or re-subscribe to emails from the Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo,   Click Here

Mailing Address: P. O. Box 3127, Walnut Creek, CA 94598-0127

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