Meetings

Upcoming Programs

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

Topic:  Managing the Return of Parkinson’s Symptoms with
     Unigue Inhaled Treatment
Speaker:  Arshia Sadredin, MD

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 web@pnmd.net.  


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, alexaleedonahoe@gmail.com, 925-597-5099

Men with Parkinson’s – 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
    -Team C – Derek Ransley – 2nd Tuesday

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, 10:30-11:30 am
      Support group for those with PD, family, and friends. 
      Contact Mary Behrendt, mary.behrendt@pnmd.net 


Recordings of Previous Programs

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)
Aaron.daley@ucsf.edu

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 (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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