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. 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,
  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

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.


Upcoming Programs

March 14, 2020 – Tri-Valley Meeting

Presentation:  Taking ON Parkinson’s:  Current Therapies, diet, SIBO (small intestinal bacteria growth) and the use of Rytary 
Speaker:  Dr. Diana Blum

Dr. Blum is a board-certified Neurologist.  She has extensive experience in diagnosing and caring for patients with all types of neurological conditions. Her current main area of focus is the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s Disease patients.  She is a recipient of both the Patient’s Choice Award (4 years in a row) and the Compassionate Doctor’s Recognition.  Dr. Diana Blum earned her MD at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and completed her neurology residency at Stanford University.   As a Bay Area native, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Davis and is fluent in both English and Russian.

March 21 2020 – General Meeting

Presentation 10:45 -11:10 am: In-home Oral Hygiene
Speaker:  Bonnie Slatkin, RDHAP

Bonnie Slatkin has been a registered dental hygienist for over 25 years; offering mobile dental hygiene services for 6+ years throughout the East Bay. 

Presentation 11:15-11:45 am: Hunting Joy in Challenging Times
Speaker:  Heather Kennedy

Heather Kennedy is a writer and advocate known for her unique presentations and films about living with Parkinson’s.  She has collaborated with organizations such as Davis Phinney Foundation, The World Parkinson’s Congress, Parkinson’s Life, EPDA, APDA, Parkinson’s Foundation, Radio Parkies and Spotlight YOPD.


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