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:

  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 Derek Ransley, 925-944-0162,
  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 Rosemary Way, 925-476-5661,
  1. Caregivers Only: Caregivers discuss issues relating to their roles. Meeting location is the Sanctuary at Grace Church.  Contact person is Jan Alioto, 925-890-8937,

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.

10:45 to 11:45 – Guest speaker.

11:45 to noon – Q&A and wrap-up.

Upcoming Guest Speakers:

July 20, 2019 – General Meeting

Presentation: Neuroprotective Strategies for Parkinson’s Disease
Speaker:  Dr. Maya Katz, Movement Disorder Specialist, UCSF

Dr. Maya Katz is a neurologist at the UCSF Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center. She specializes in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, dystonia and other movement disorders. Her research interests include identifying ways to delay Parkinson’s disease progression and improving outcomes for patients treated with deep brain stimulation. She is also interested in multidisciplinary approaches to treating advanced movement disorders.

Katz earned her bachelor’s degree and her medical degree from Cornell University. She completed her internship and residency at Mount Sinai Hospital and her neurology fellowship in movement disorders at UCSF.

August 17, 2019 – General Meeting

Presentation:  “Be Heard”
Speaker:  Katie Ty Warren

Katie launched Be Heard in March 2017. Using relaxation, exercise, games, muscle training, and music we’ll explore the importance of maintaining the right to speak up and be heard. From core strength to diction, volume to facial expression, communication exists within the whole body.

September 21, 2019 – General Meeting

Presentation:  Nutrition in PD
Speaker:  Cindy Gershen

Cindy Gershen is an instructor at Mt. Diablo High School in Concord, California; chef/owner of Sunrise Bistro in Walnut Creek, California and the founder of Wellness City Challenge, a community health activist organization.

October 19, 2019 – General Meeting

Presentation:  Yoga Meditation
Speakers:  Petra Fibrichova and Jodi Barry

Jodi Barry is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and instructor (RYT-500). Based on her personal experience with chronic back pain, Jodi is passionate about yoga and its many benefits, not only physically but mentally as well. Currently teaches Yoga and Movement for Parkinson’s.

Petra Fibrichova, certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) has been teaching yoga for the past 5 years. Petra is also a big fan of the PWR moves program, PD specific exercises developed to push against PD symptoms. Petra combines both yoga skills and PWR moves with each class, this makes her classes challenging and engaging.

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