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:
October 12, 2019 – Tri-Valley Meeting
Presentation: How PD can impact speech and swallowing, and what can be done about it
Speaker: Mandee Starn, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
October 19, 2019 – General Meeting
Presentation: Yoga and Movement for Wellness Recovery
Speakers: Petra Fibrichova and Jodi Barry
Jodi Barry is a certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and instructor (RYT-500) who has personally experienced greater balance in her life and overall wellness through the practice of yoga. Jodi is passionate to share the benefits of yoga with her students with a focus on breath and alignment.
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.