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 Howard Zalkin at (925) 939-4210, 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:

  1. 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 Gregg Riehl ( at (925) 254-8349.
  1. 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 Sandy Clark ( 944-0769.
  1. Caregivers Only: Caregivers discuss issues relating to their roles. Meeting location is the Sanctuary at Grace Church.  Contact person is Norman Kibbe (925) 935-9322 (

10:15 to 10:45 – Assemble in the Oak Room for refreshments, welcoming new members, and announcements. The PNMD Library with books, flyers, videos, etc. is open at this time.

10:45 to 11:45 – Guest speaker.

11:45 to noon – Q&A and wrap-up.


Upcoming Guest Speakers:

October 21, 2017:  Dr. Steve Blake will do a discussion on The Latest Research on Neuroprotection, Diet and Dopamine in Parkinson’s Disease.

Steve Blake, ScD worked as faculty nutritional biochemist at Hawaii Pacific Neuroscience for years. He is a research scientist who just finished a clinical study at Hawaii Alzheimer’s Disease Center. He is research director at the Neuroscience Nutrition Foundation. He has presented grand rounds at John A. Burns School of Medicine at U.H., Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii, and at Boston University Medical Center. He is author of: Vitamins and Minerals Demystified, McGraw-Hill (2008), Mastering Migraines (2016), Parkinson’s Disease: Dietary Regulation of Dopamine (2016), Stop Strokes before they Start (2015), No More Heart Attacks (2014), The Diet Doctor software (Yearly Editions)
Arthritis Relief (2013), A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer’s Disease (2012), Understanding Fats and Oils: A Scientific Guide To Their Health Effects (2014), Co-Author Mosby’s Drug Guide for Nurses, 4th edition, Healing Medicine (2005), Alternative Remedies, Mosby.

​Food that day will be provided by Cindy Gershen using recipes from Steve Blakes book​. To the many of you that bring food to our meetings, please refrain for this meeting but start again for the November meeting. We truly appreciate your help.

November 18th, 2017:  Susan O’Grady, Ph.D. will present Finding Emotional Balance When Dealing with Difficult Feelings.

Learn to enhance emotional balance in the face of strong emotions such as anger, fear, and shame. By using communication tools along with mindfulness practices, we can learn to appreciate the good, befriend our difficulties, and become more tolerant of the whole range of emotional experience.

Susan O’Grady, Ph.D. is a psychologist who has practiced individual and couples psychotherapy for over 25 years. She is a certified Gottman Relationship Therapist. She integrates cognitive approaches with mindfulness approaches and is a credentialed Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy teacher.  Dr. O’Grady is the Ethics Chair of the Contra Costa Psychological Association. She is in private practice with her neuropsychologist husband, Dr. David O’Grady.

December 16th, 2017: The Annual Holiday Party!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Can you believe it? It seem like just a year ago we were having the Annual Holiday Party. Wait… What?!?

No details yet but they are coming soon. We’ll keep you posted.


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