General Support Group – Walnut Creek

PNMD general support group meets 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. Moderator is Bill Clinch.  There is no charge, but membership is $50 per family per year.

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9:00 to 10:15 a.m. – Three concurrent meetings:

  1. Men with Parkinson’s Disease meet in the Fireside Room at Grace Church.  Contact person is Derek Ransley, 925-944-0162,
  1. Women with Parkinson’s Disease meet in the Library at Grace Church.  Contact person is Rosemary Way, 925-476-5661,
  1. Caregivers meet in the Sanctuary at Grace Church.  Contact persons are Jan Alioto, 925-890-8937,;  Sara DeZerega, 925-377-1004,;  Janice Ransley, 925-944-0162,

10:15 to 10:45 – Refreshments in the Oak Room.  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.

Tri-Valley Support Group – Pleasanton

Tri-Valley support group meets on the second Saturday of the month, year-round,  from 10 AM until 12:00 noon, at the Pleasanton Senior Center, 5353 Sunol Blvd., Pleasanton.

Facilitators are Mary Behrendt (925) 989-0209 and Norman Bardsley ((925) 831-9940.


Upcoming Programs

May 16, 2020 – General Meeting

CANCELLED due to Coronavirus Quarantine
ONLINE PROGRAM will be posted instead

Presenter:  Lena Hart
Topic:  Alexander Technique

Lena Hart is an AmSat Certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.  She has also been working with the local Parkinson’s community for over a year, conducting group classes and private lessons at her studio in Walnut Creek.  The Alexander Technique is an educational method used worldwide for well over 100 years.  By teaching how to change faulty postural habits, it enables improved mobility, posture, performance and alertness along with relief of chronic stiffness, tension and stress.

Presenter:  Dr. Gerred Popejoy
Topic:  Nordic Walking

Dr. Popejoy is the Director and Founder of Nordic Walking Nations.  Nations Nordic Pole Walking is a home walking program that can be done indoors or out and with your caregiver, family and friends.  Studies show that Nordic Walking improves mobility in Parkinson’s disease and suggests that Nordic Pole Walking could provide a safe, effective and enjoyable way to reduce physical inactivity and improve quality of life.

Presenter:  Aaron Daley, UCSF
Topic:  Answering frequent questions from members of the Parkinson’s community

Aaron Daley is Center Administrator and Research Coordinator of the National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at UCSF.  Aaron manages outreach, education, and research for the Parkinson’s Center as part of the Department of Neurology at UCSF and will be providing answers to frequently asked questions from members of the Parkinson’s community.



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