Upcoming Programs

PNMD in-person support groups – Sat. May 21

10:00 am – 12 noon, Grace Presbyterian Church
2100 Tice Valley Blvd.,  Walnut Creek

For additional information:  In-person meeting update March 2022

Tri-Valley in-person support group – Sat. May 14

10:30 am – 12 noon, Lynnewood United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall
4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton, CA 

May Lunch & Learn
Wednesday, May 18 – 12-1 pm on Zoom

Topic:  Adaptive Equipment for Activities of Daily Living and Safe Transfers
Speaker: June Kim Ryujin – Occupational Therapist

June has been an Occupational therapist since 1992. June specializes in Neurological Rehabilitation treating people who have had strokes, brain and spinal cord injuries, and other neurological deficits such as Parkinson’s, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Multiple Sclerosis (MS). June has advanced trainings in assessing and treating upper extremity motor coordination, visual and cognitive deficits as well as having experience in adaptive equipment training, splint fabrication, and wheelchair/seating.  Currently June works an an outpatient clinic with Kaiser Permanente.

Including time for questions.

 Zoom meeting links will be sent in a PNMD email.  If you are not on our mailing list, please request the link by sending an email to  

Support Group Meetings on Zoom

PNMD is happy to announce that although our in-person meetings are restricted due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have established online Zoom Support Group meetings to connect with one another.  For more information, contact the respective Zoom group facilitator with your interest and questions.

Women with Parkinson’s – 1st Saturday, 10-11 am 
     contact Alexa Donahoe,, 925-597-5099

Men with Parkinson’s – Call for times and groups 
    contact Derek Ransley,, 925-944-0162
    -Team A – Dennis Krauss – 2nd and 4th Saturday
    -Team B – Mark Ouyang/Phil Hornig – 1st Saturday
    -Team C – Derek Ransley – 2nd Tuesday

Caregivers – 3rd Saturday, 9:30-11 am 
     contact Janice Ransley,, 925-944-0162
            or Jan Alioto,, 925-672-7207

Tri-Valley –  March 12, 10:30-11:30 am on Zoom
      Support group for those with PD, family, and friends. 
      Contact Mary Behrendt,, 925-989-0209 

Recordings of Previous Programs

April 2022 Virtual Program

  • Future of Parkinson’s Treatments
  • Power of LSTV BIG exercise training
  • Learning to Live with Parkinson’s
  • Hacking Your Memory with Sleep

April 2022 Lunch and Learn Recording

Topic: Speech and Language in Parkinson’s Disease
Speaker:  Sarah Talach, M.S., CCC-SLP
Certified Speech Therapist

March 2022 Virtual Program

  • How Exercise Moderates Parkinson’s
  • Top Five Hand Exercises
  • Practical Tips for Better Sleep

March Lunch and Learn Recording

Topic: Hospice and Palliative Care
Speaker: Stephanie Marquet, MD
Hospice of the East Bay

February 2022 Virtual Program

  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • The MIND diet
  • Tips for handling depression and anxiety
  • Bio-medical treatments for PD

February 2022 Lunch and Learn Recording

Topic:  Everyday Resiliency for People Living with Parkinson’s and their Care Partners
Speaker:  Judy Long, BCC
USCF MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care

January 2022 Virtual Program

  • Living Well with Parkinson’s Disease 
  • Excellent exercise tutorial starting with how to do squats. 
  • Understanding Parkinson’s – overview by Nature magazine. 
  •  Living into your 90’soriginally aired on 60 Minutes

January 2022 Lunch and Learn Recording

Topic: Parkinson’s Disease: Transmitters and Proteins
Speaker:  Peter Ralston, MD, UCSF Professor Emeritus
Notes-Ralston PD presentation 
Slides-Ralston PD Presentation

December Virtual Program Link

  • Summary of Parkinson’s Disease and Medication. 
  • Parkinson’s Disease and Medication – Expert Briefing – full presentation.
  •  PD Fit Club – Petra Fibrichova. A preview of exercises included in the in-person exercise class.
  •  Brian Grant – Dealing with PD. The retired NBA player diagnosed with early-onset PD discusses his book.

December Lunch & Learn Recording

Topic:  An Hour of Joyous Singing
Leader:  Judi Spencer, Music Director
World Parkinson’s Coalition Choir

November Virtual Program Link

  • Parkinson’s News Today website tour
  • Parkinson’s 360: Looking Ahead with PD
  • Brene Brown’s Life Advice
  • Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials (Davis Phinney)

November Lunch and Learn Link

Topic: Psilocybin to Treat Depression and Anxiety in PD
Speaker:  Ellen Bradley, MD
        Weill Institute for Neurosciences, UCSF

October Virtual Program Link

  • Research on genetic treatment for PD – Creating new neurons
  • Easy to do exercises
  • Tips and tricks for managing Parkinson’s
  • How to walk normally

October Lunch and Learn Link

Topic: Parkinson’s Disease Dementia Caregiving
Speaker:  Mary Cochran Abraham, NP
       Kaiser Memory Center

Slides for October Lunch and Learn

Other resources for October Lunch and Learn:
Links to resources for Oct Lunch and Learn

September Virtual Program Link

  • How to treat PD with lifestyle choices
  • Dispelling PD myths
  • Going “big and loud” to keep PD at bay
  • Alan Watts – The most important lesson….

September Lunch and Learn Link

Topic:  The Gut Brain Connection in Parkinson’s Disease
Speaker:  Joseph Bartolone, Registered Dietician

Link to Sept Lunch and Learn Slides

August Virtual Program Link

  • Are there new ways of treating Parkinson’s?
  • Trial of new treatment for Parkinson’s
  • Linda Ronstadt speaks about coping with PD
  • Exercise and Parkinson’s progression

July Virtual Program Link

  • Understanding mindfulness: a quick tour
  • How mindfulness changes the emotional life of our brains (TED Talk)
  • Understanding our sleep cycle (animation)
  • How sleep changes over time – conversation with Davis Phinney
  • Buddy up – Ask the MD how to end isolation

July Lunch and Learn Link

Topic:  Planning for Incapacity:  Estate Law and End of Life Planning
Speaker:  Joan Grimes, Attorney

June Virtual Program Link

  • Geriatric care manager. Interview with Margot Nijsure: questions, answers and guidance on managing PD. 
  • Brené Brown on empathy. Engaging animation. Explores the core of our emotional being. 
  • Professor Roger Barker from Cambridge University explores current and future of treatment research. 
  • Neurologist Eric Ahlskog from the Mayo Clinic breaks misconceptions regarding treatment for Parkinson disease. 

June Lunch and Learn Link

Topic:  The PD Avengers
Speaker:  Tim Hague
     Founding Member of PD Avengers

May Virtual Program Link

  • Explore a wealth of valuable resources from Parkinson Movement Disorder Alliance including “Lunch with Docs.”
  • Provoking & fascinating recent interview with Michael J Fox. 
  • Ask the MD. Simple advice on exercise.
  • Parkinson’s expert Davis Phinney talks about power of affirmation, and the Zen of vacuuming.
  • Judy’s story of living with PD, how DBS changed her life, and how to advocate for oneself.
  • Parkinson’s Exercise Part 3 offers essential advice on developing goals, tracking progress. 

April Virtual Program Link

  • Best of the web:  American Parkinson’s Disease Association website tour
  • Look Closer: a one-minute video to put things in perspective
  • Parkinson’s Story Exchange:  powerful video stories
  • Ask the MD: Myths about Levodopa
  • Demonstration: How to do LSVT BIG exercises
  • The LARGE 10 Parkinson’s Program is derived from LSVT, just simpler
  • Parkinson’s Minute: Apathy. Dr. Bas Bloem gives an overview of apathy & PD
  • Ending Parkinson’s disease: interview with Dr. Ray Dorsey, co-author of Ending Parkinson’s

April Lunch and Learn Link

Speaker: Mary Cochran Abraham, NP
Kaiser Permanente Memory Center
Topic: Deep Brain Stimulation: An Overview of DBS

March Virtual Program Link

  • Best of the Web: Mediflix. Tour of a new video site focused on Parkinson’s.
  • How PD can affect your visual world.
  • Exercise is medicine for PD. Hand exercises by Petra Fibrichova.
  • Being diagnosed with PD can be life changing. 
  • Exercise keeps PD on the ropes.
  • New non-surgical technique to help control tremors.
  • Is it true that the brain can heal itself? Lessons from salamanders

March Lunch and Learn Link

Speaker: Ethan Brown, MD
Topic: The Microbiome in Parkinson’s Disease

Slides – Microbiome in PD

February Virtual Program Link

  • Davis Phinney Foundation website tour
  • Whispered ‘Ah’ exercise with Lena Hart
  • Ask the Parkinson’s expert: Physical therapy
  • World first trial for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Exercise Essentials – Part 2

February Lunch and Learn Link

Speaker: Bill Hammond, Computer Club of Rossmoor
Topic: Tips for Zooming

January Lunch and Learn Link

Speaker: Caroline Racine Belkoura, PhD, UCSF
Topic: Managing Stressors in the Time of COVID

      Slides for Managing Stressors

January Virtual Program Link

  • Best of the Web: Michael J Fox website tour
  • Ask the PhD: New technologies to treat Parkinson’s
  • Professor Bastiaan Bloem & Ending Parkinson’s
  • Parkinson Exercise Essentials: Part 1 (INTRO)
  • Jimmy Choi: Impact of Parkinson’s and the Unknown

December Lunch and Learn Link

Speaker:  Aaron Daley, Answering Your Questions

Contact information:
Aaron Daley, MA- PD Center Coordinator
University of California, San Francisco
Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence
350 Parnassus, Suite 700
San Francisco, CA 94117-0114
415-476-9276 (office)

December Virtual Program Link

  • Best of the Web: Nonmotor symptoms of PD
  • Understanding sleep disturbances
  • Movement tips for managing PD
  • Canine companions: Do you need a dog?
  • Personal PD journey

November Lunch and Learn Link

Davis Phinney Foundation Sidekicks Program
Speaker:  Kayla Ferguson

Sidekicks Slide Deck Download

November Recorded Program Link

  • How to boost brain power
  • How to take levodopa for Parkinson’s and why
  • Chair yoga and tai-chi workout
  • Michael J. Fox’s 2018 interview: his fight

October Lunch and Learn Program

How Parkinson’s Can Affect Speech, Swallowing and Voice
Speaker:  Sarah Talach, Talach Speech Therapy, Inc.

October Recorded Program Link

  • Parkinson’s Voice Project: How to preserve your voice
  • AudAbility and MusicWorx: a music therapy approach for helping People with Parkinson’s
  • History of the Parkinson’s Voice Project

September Program Link

  • Michaela Lien: Exercises for People with Parkinson’s
  • Linda Fodrini-Johnson, Eldercare:
    Being Prepared in the time of COVID-19
  • Alexander Technique: How to Sit Optimally
  • TOPAZ – Short Intro to a Parkinson’s Foundation clinical trial on bone health in Parkinson’s

August Meeting Link 

  • Carol Fisher: Gentle Yoga for Every Body
  • Petra Fibrichova: Urban Pole Walking
  • Lena Hart: Alexander Technique for People Living with PD

July Meeting Link

  • Robert Cochrane on Improv to Improve Parkinson’s Disease
  • Dr. Madan Kataria presents Laughter Yoga

June Meeting Link

  • Sheryl Sandberg and Dr. Adam Grant:  Resilience in a Crisis
  • Dr. Rick Hanson, UC Berkeley:  Being Resilient During Coronavirus
  • Dr. Julia Allenyne, PMD Alliance:  Practicing Wellness to Build Resilience

May Meeting Link

  • Lena Hart on Alexander Technique
  • Dr. Gerred Popejoy on Nordic Pole Working
  • Aaron Daley, UCSF, answering frequently asked questions

April Meeting Link

  • Carol Fisher leading a yoga relaxation exercise
  • Heather Kennedy on Living with Parkinson’s

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.   There is no charge, but membership donation is $50 per family per year.

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10:00 to 11:15 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,;  Janice Ransley, 925-944-0162,

11:15 to 12:00 – Coffee in the Oak Room

Tri-Valley Support Group – Pleasanton (Suspended)

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.




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