Meetings

Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, December 16, 2020 – LiveStream Lunch & Learn – 12-1:00 pm
   Speaker:  Aaron Daley, UCSF 

 Zoom meeting links will be sent in a PNMD email   


Support Group Meetings on Zoom

PNMD is happy to announce that although we cannot gather in person due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are establishing 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 Parkinsons – 1st Saturday, beginning Oct. 3 
     contact Alexa Donahoe, alexaleedonahoe@gmail.com, 925-597-5099

Men with Parkinsons – Call for times and groups 
    contact Derek Ransley, dransley@comcast.net, 925-944-0162
    -Team A – Dennis Krauss – 2nd and 4th Saturday
    -Team B – Mark Ouyang/Phil Hornig – 1st Saturday

Caregivers – 3rd Saturday, 9:30-11:00 am
     contact Janice Ransley, janice.ransley@pnmd.net, 925-944-0162
            or Jan Alioto, jalioto@comcast.net, 925-672-7207

Tri-Valley –  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10 am
      Support group for those with PD, family, and friends. 
      Contact Mary Behrendt, mary.behrendt@pnmd.net 


Previous Recorded Programs

November Lunch and Learn Link

Davis Phinney Foundation Sidekicks Program
Speaker:  Kayla Ferguson

Sidekicks Slide Deck Download

November 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
  • The Weight – a rock coda 

October Lunch and Learn Program

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

October 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 (Suspended)

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, dransley@comcast.net.
  1. Women with Parkinson’s Disease meet in the Library at Grace Church.  Contact person is Rosemary Way, 925-476-5661, rose.way@sbcglobal.net.
  1. Caregivers meet in the Sanctuary at Grace Church.  Contact persons are Jan Alioto, 925-890-8937, jalioto@comcast.net;  Sara DeZerega, 925-377-1004,  saradezerega@aol.com;  Janice Ransley, 925-944-0162, jeransley@comcast.net.

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 (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 and Norman Bardsley ((925) 831-9940.

 

 

 

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