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. Become a member today!

Click this link to join! If you have any questions, please contact us at 925-939-4210, or email co-president, Abraham Raja at president@pnmd.net.


Meetings and Activities for July

Due to the continuing ban on large group meetings, the monthly PNMD support group and general meetings for July are cancelled as well as exercise, communication, dance, and singing groups.  We will continue to produce recorded programs instead in-person general meetings until further notice.  See the box below for online exercise and activity classes.

July meeting presenters:

  • Robert Cochran on Improv to Improve Parkinson’s Disease
  • Inez on Healing through Sound
  • Dr. Madan Kataria presents Laughter Yoga

A link to this meeting will be available on July 17
More details on these speakers on the Meetings Page

June Meeting Link

  • Sheryl Sandberg and Dr. Adam Grant:  Resilience in a Crisis
  • Dr. Rick Hanson, UC Berkeley:  Being Resilient During Coronavirus
  • Dr. Julia Allenyne, PMD Alliance:  Practicing Wellness to Build Resilience

May Meeting Link

  • Lena Hart on Alexander Technique
  • Dr. Gerred Popejoy on Nordic Pole Working
  • Aaron Daley, UCSF, answering frequently asked questions

April Meeting Link

  • Carol Fisher leading a yoga relaxation exercise
  • Heather Kennedy on Living with Parkinson’s

The Shaky Times Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

  • Why Humor Matters in Parkinson’s
  • What is Resilience and How Do We Cultivate It?

Previous issues of the Shaky Times



Member Benefits

  • Group Support meetings – Walnut Creek Branch at Grace Presbyterian Church. 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. Walnut Creek. 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Meetings are geared to all those living with Parkinson’s. Programs consist of guest speakers, open discussion, and breakout support groups for men with Parkinson’s, women with Parkinson’s, and caregivers.
  • Group Support meetings – Tri-Valley Branch. Our affiliate group.  Meets second Saturday of every month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Meetings are at the Pleasanton Senior Center 5353 Sunol Blvd. Pleasanton. For more information or directions call Mary Behrendt at 925-989-0209 or Norman Bardsley at 925-831-9940.
  • Shaky Times Monthly Newsletter–Free subscription to all members. The print version is mailed to all members and the online version is both emailed and available here on the website.
  • Lending Library – Check out helpful books regarding Parkinson’s and caregiving or take free booklets and pamphlets. Available at our monthly meetings.
  • Tremble Clefs: Meets on Thursdays.  Singing and performing group. All are welcome – you don’t need to be a good singer to join. Contact April Wakeman at adwakeman@yahoo.com.
  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Support Group – Call Gary Hevener at 925-937-4335.

Parkinson Exercise and Movement Classes – 

  • Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery, Walnut Creek.  Mondays 9:30-10:45 am at Grace Presbyterian Church, Oak Room.  Price: $15 per class for mobile PDers. Contact Petra Fibrichova at 510-520-4523.
  • Exercise Classes, Walnut Creek.  Thursdays 9:30 – 10:45 am.  Therapeutic Yoga and Movement Strategies at Grace Presbyterian Church, Oak Room. Fee $15 per class for mobile PDers. Call Jodi Barry at 415-328-4123 or jodibarry@trinityyogabyjodi.com.
  • Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s:  Tuesdays 1-2:30 pm, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek.  $10/class- no charge for care partners.
    Contact Debbie Sternbach,  http://www.dancemovesme.com , 510-653-8362.
  • Rock Steady Boxing – East Bay:   Fighting back against Parkinsons Disease.  Monday through Saturday, offering 8 classes a week.  1990 Olivera Road, Suite D, Concord.  Individual assessments must be completed prior to taking a class.  Call Coach Jimmy at 925-785-1272 to schedule a personal assessment and to discuss payments plans.  www.rocksteadyboxingeastbay.com
  • Rock Steady Boxing – Danville:  Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 – 2 pm at Danville Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and Kick-boxing, 542 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Danville.  Contact Coach Daniel Burkhardt, 925-471-5432, for details.
  • Alexander Technique Group Class:  4-week classes, Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 am – noon.  Working on improving balance, walking, sitting, standing, and performing activities with greater ease.  Contact Lena at 917-806-7929 or email at lessons@alexandertechinqueSFBayArea.com.

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

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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)

    Rynette,
    Hospitality chair

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