PNMD general support group meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from 9:00 AM until 12:00 noon at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. General questions may be directed to Abraham Raja at (925) 304-2064, or Lance Gershen at (925) 932-1028.
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Except as otherwise noted, each meeting will follow the agenda below:
9:00 to 10:15 a.m. – Three concurrent meetings. No RSVP’s needed. All are welcome, and there is no charge:
- Men with Parkinson’s Disease Only: For men newly diagnosed or who’ve had PD for years: time to share, laugh, and learn from each other. Meeting location is the Fireside Room at Grace Church. Contact person is Derek Ransley, 925-944-0162, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Women with Parkinson’s Disease Only: For women newly diagnosed or who’ve had PD for years: time to share, laugh, and learn from each other. Meeting location is the Library at Grace Church. Contact person is Rosemary Way, 925-476-5661, email@example.com.
- Caregivers Only: Caregivers discuss issues relating to their roles. Meeting location is the Sanctuary at Grace Church. Contact persons are Jan Alioto, 925-890-8937, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sara DeZerega, 925-377-1004, email@example.com; Janice Ransley, 925-944-0162, firstname.lastname@example.org.
10:15 to 10:45 – Assemble in the Oak Room for refreshments, welcoming new members, and announcements. The general meeting is moderated by Bill Clinch. The PNMD Library with books, flyers, and videos is open at this time. Please bring cut-up fruit or your favorite snack to share.
10:45 to 11:45 – Guest speaker.
11:45 to noon – Q&A and wrap-up.
Upcoming Guest Speakers:
November 9, 2019 – Tri-Valley Meeting
Presentation: Caregiver Support
Speakers: Jeanie Slater, Family Caregiver Support
Lori O’Sullivan, Caregiver Registry
Jeanie Slater will present advice and information on assessments, care planning, resource referrals, monitoring and re-assessments, counseling, and support groups.
Lori O’Sullivan will share information regarding home care providers.
November 16, 2019 – General Meeting
Presentation: Alexander Technique
Speaker: Lena Hart
Lena Hart is currently the resident Alexander Technique teacher at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has a private practice in San Francisco and Walnut Creek, CA. As an Experienced Postural & Ergonomics Specialist, Lena has a record of success in helping clients and students in home, office, and industrial environments become aware of the harmful, habitual physical choices they make as a person.
She specializes in helping performers, techies, persons struggling with the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and retirees improve their abilities and decrease pain. Current and previous students include those who work at Google, PETA, AAU, University of Tennessee, and Whitten Laser Eye.
Whether it be stage fright or back pain that is bothering you, Lena is eager to share what she has learned with the Technique to help solve your problems.
Lena is a graduate of the Alexander Education Center of Berkeley. She received her M.F.A from the University of Tennessee and her BA from Washington University in St. Louis.
December 21 – General Meeting – Holiday Party