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 ban on large group meetings, the monthly PNMD support group and general meetings are cancelled as well as in-person exercise, communication, dance, and singing groups.  We will continue to produce recorded programs as well as live-streamed meetings.  See the list below for online exercise and activity classes.  All of our recorded content is available on our YouTube channel – just click:

PNMD YouTube Channel

If you like our channel, please subscribe!

Support Group Meetings on Zoom

Although we cannot gather in person, we are establishing 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.
Also see Derek Ransley’s article in the October Shaky Times!

The Shaky Times Newsletter

November 2020 Shaky Times

  • PNMD Spotlight on Sarah Talach
  • Speech Therapy and Parkinson’s
  • Events, Recommendations, and Volunteer Opportunities

Previous issues of the Shaky Times

November Lunch and Learn Program:   

Kayla Ferguson of the Davis Phinney Foundation
Sidekicks Program

Sidekicks is a creative arts program that connects the Parkinson’s community through the power of storytelling. Now in its third year, Sidekicks was created with a powerful purpose: help curb isolation commonly felt by people affected by Parkinson’s. Here is the complete Nov 18, 2020 “Lunch and Learn” program sponsored by the Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo. 

November Recorded Program

November Program Link

Topics to choose and enjoy or learn:

  • How to boost brain power
  • How to take levodopa for Parkinson’s and why
  • Chair yoga and tai-chi workout
  • Michael J. Fox’s 2018 interview: his fight
  • The Weight – a rock coda 

For links to previous recorded programs, see 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, 209-404-8824, 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.
  • Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s
    Contact Debbie Sternbach,  510-653-8362.
  • 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

1 Response to Welcome!

  1. Rynette Raja says:

    Hello PNMD Board Members,
    Last month I watched the Virtual April meeting and was Wowed by the extreme effort that was put in and quickness to provide a “Saturday PD meeting” due to the Shelter in Place (SIP is what I say) What a great job you all achieved for the first virtual meeting!! I can never get enough of Carol’s FANTASTIC gentle Yoga, I so enjoyed the whole meeting!!

    Today’s May meeting I again was Wowed again by everyone who participated.
    What a FABULOUS ! Saturday meeting!! From our New PROFESSIONAL Co-President Joan introducing today’s meeting, Bill who is our AWESOME informative narrator, Jodi’s SKiLLFUL TEACHING explanation of how to navigate the digital version of The Shaky Times, (for me a visual learner!), Lena’s GREAT RELAXING CALMING exercise routine, how fortunate we are to have her available to us all, Rick’s GRAND walking tour of our PNMD library of knowledge & resources, loved his explanation through the photos he picked to teach us, to Jared’s EXPERTISE answers to our group’s question’s, ALL kept me glued & happily engaged to today’s meeting. Because of the content of today’s meeting the Song at the end brought me to TEARS! The love, effort, thought, dedication, I could go on and on, my goodness!!! I will be looking forward to watch next month’s meeting,
    I LOVE YOU ALL, (including those behind the scenes who also tiressly work to keep PMND moving forward)

    Hospitality chair

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