Upcoming Programs

Wednesday, January 13, 2020 – Lunch & Learn – 12-1 pm on Zoom
Topic:  Managing Stress during COVID Times

Speaker:  Caroline Racine Belkoura, PhD
UCSF Associate Professor in Neurological Surgery,
Clinical Neuropsychologist at the Movement Disorder and Neuromodulation Center

 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 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 Parkinson’s – 1st Saturday, 9:30-11 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, 9:30-11:00 am
     contact Janice Ransley,, 925-944-0162
            or Jan Alioto,, 925-672-7207

Tri-Valley –  1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 am
      Support group for those with PD, family, and friends. 
      Contact Mary Behrendt, 

Recordings of Previous Programs

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)

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 (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.

FEEDBACK- Please give us your feedback from the meetings and the presentations. It helps determine content for future of PNMD events. Click on this link here-   Feedback

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,
  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,;  Sara DeZerega, 925-377-1004,;  Janice Ransley, 925-944-0162,

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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