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:

August 10, 2019 – Tri-Valley Meeting

Presentation: New Rock Steady Boxing Location in Danville
Speaker:  Daniel Burkhardt, Owner and Certified Coach

Daniel Burkhardt will present the essence and beginnings of Rock Steady Boxing (RSB), designed to help those who fight for a better life with Parkinson’s.  His “fighters” take on specific exercises and work out routines that teach intensity and intentional movement as well as stretches to combat rigidity.  As a leader and coach, Daniel’s motto is to “be of service to others and never be a victim to life’s circumstances…being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”

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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