In This Issue - September 2022
  • Introduction
  • Monthly Speaker Presentation and Meeting
  • Community Bulletin Board
  • Dance Classes
  • Exercise Recommendations
  • PSGSC Voice & Communication Class
  • Support Groups
  • PD Focused Webinars
  • Volunteer Service
  • Donation Request


What Are Your Medical Options?
Last month we had our Parkinson’s support group picnic in Santa Rosa.  Many people showed up and enjoyed getting together.  We were also able to speak to our community about getting involved with PSGSC, which is much more personal when we see one another. We are still looking for board members and volunteers to help expand and provide services to help others with Parkinsons and their families. If you have any interest or ideas for getting involved with PSGSC and serving the community in large or small ways please let us know by email, phone or in the support groups.
This month our speaker is presenting on Medicare options. There were several checkpoints my family had to go through when we were taking care of my father with Parkinsons. It started with his diagnosis; finding the right specialist and medical support for his challenges.  When it became increasingly difficult for him to move through the house, we had to find solutions for the bathroom, the stairs, transitioning in and out different situations, and then we had to decide what kind of care was best for him.  We resourced government programs, VA options, home health care and private care. 
This month our speaker is talking about Medicare options. How we plan and pay for our medical care is an ongoing consideration. Knowing the options are helpful in guiding us and our families.  We hope to see you on zoom this month for the speaker meeting following by our Parkinsons and Caregivers support groups.
Tess Lorraine
President PSGSC

Speaker Presentation and Meeting
Saturday, September 10 @ 1:00 pm

In-person meetings postponed until further notice.
Join Zoom Call Here
Understanding Your Medicare

This month's speaker is Jim Dawson.  Mr. Dawson has served as volunteer counselor with the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) for approximately seven years. The recognition for the need to become a HICAP Counselor came from his experience navigating the complexities of the Medicare program after helping his 86 year old father-in-law understand the various options to sign up for Medicare. Subsequently, Mr. Dawson welcomed the opportunity to volunteer with HICAP so he could learn more and help others make informed, stress free Medicare decisions that work best for their individual situation.
Mr. Dawson graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1976, with a BS in Conservation of Natural Resources. He started his career as a park ranger, then In 1979 went to work for the Bureau of Land Management. In 1989, Mr. Dawson graduated from Empire College School of Law and spent 20 years practicing law, both in the government and private practice in the fields of natural resource management, criminal law and family law.
 Support Group Meeting @ 2:00 pm
PSGSC Caregivers and People with Parkinson's Breakout Groups

Community Bulletin Board

Parkinson's News Today
Newly Diagnosed with PD? You are not alone on this journey. Whether you are a patient or a caregiver, know that others have been in your shoes and can offer valuable insights and useful information to complement what you learn from your health care providers. Here’s a collection of our columnists’ words that they would like to share to help guide, inspire, support and encourage you.
Male Caregiver
John Pamlanye has part-time Caregiver position available, 1 or 2 days per week. Currently caring for an individual with Parkinson's symptoms.  John has been a caregiver for over 40 years. References are available. If interested, please contact him at 707-953-9210.
Parkinson & Movement Disorder Alliance
PMD Alliance is an independent, national nonprofit, created 5 years ago to help those impacted by a movement disorder diagnosis. Today, they offer resources and education to people in 50 states and more than 40 countries. To learn more about their services and resources, visit the PMD Alliance website.
Your Voice is Needed
Join Google and LSVT in Project Euphonia. LSVT Global is recruiting people with speech disorders to help make speech recognition more accessible.  View registration form for further details.
If you have community news or information to share, please let us know so that we have an opportunity to publish it at the beginning of each month.
Contact: Tess Lorraine, President PSGSC 

Dance for Parkinsons

Accompanied by live music, our dance class integrates movement from many dance forms (ballroom, folk, ballet, modern, etc.) to stimulate both mind and body.  We begin class seated in chairs, warm up each muscle group, then progress to the center to focus on balance and spatial awareness. The class focuses on creative expression and artistry while addressing specific physical concerns such as balance, flexibility, coordination, gait, and strength. We aim to create an enjoyable social environment that emphasizes dancing for its own sake while we have fun.  The class is open to all. No dance experience required!
Dance for Parkinson’s with Torri & Brigid
 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month
Sept 8 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm:  Join Zoom Call Here

Sept 22 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm: Join Zoom Call Here

Dance with Torri & Brigid — Marin Dance Theater
Every Tuesday @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm:   Join Cloud HD Video Meeting
Interested in Ballroom Dance for PWP?
Please contact Bo Davis at, he would
love to hear from you and get a class started at the
Arthur Murray Dance School in Santa Rosa.
Please view details here.

Exercise Recommendations

 by Dr. William Jordan
Rock Steady Boxing Petaluma
Located at 822 Petaluma Blvd. North, RSBP offers in-person and Zoom classes Monday through Saturday. A certified coach delivers a dynamic stretch routine prior to workout, followed by exercises to help combat the many symptoms of Parkinson's. In addition, they coordinate monthly outings, weekly ping pong rallies, and discussion groups. For more information, please visit their website or contact Scott Sinan or Jeanette Perry at 707-595-6548. I met with Jeanette, Manager and Parkinson Wise Certified, and she brings much energy and enthusiasm to her workouts.                                             -- Bill
Dr. Jordan has recommended many exercise options from Urban Poling to Rock Steady Boxing. All help to improve gait, balance and muscle strength, and to potentially slow symptom progression.
For information on all these exercise programs,
please visit our
Community Exercise page.
*Always check with your doctor before embarking on an exercise program.*

PSGSC Voice & Communication Class

  • Learn voice, cognitive, and communication strategies that will assist you in being heard in social settings.
  • Practice intensive voice exercises in a friendly, fun environment.
  • Share practical day to day tips with each other.
  • Participate from the comfort of your home.
For further information and to enroll, contact instructor - 
Barbara Corinblit, Speech Pathologist at 707-322-6364
Scholarships Available.  PSGSC provides scholarships for this class. Please contact Judy Deas at to request financial assistance.  For any other questions or considerations contact Barbara Corinblit.

Support Groups

Care Partners Support Groups
Format for caregiver support group
Our support groups provide an opportunity for the attendees to be heard and listened to.  We offer empathy and/or resources for things that have worked for us.  We have no designated leader so we share in a format where everyone’s participation is supported.
Friday, Sept 2 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
(1st Friday of each month)
Join Zoom Meeting Here
Friday, Sept 16 @ 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
(3rd Friday of each month)
Join Zoom Meeting Here

Women With Parkinson’s Support Group
Wednesday, Sept 21 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
(3rd Wednesday of each month)
Password: 357912
Would you like to attend in-person support groups?
If so, please email Marie Kay Hansen at

PD-Focused Webinars

There is an abundance of free, PD educational webinars available, and each month Stanford Parkinson’s Community Outreach sends out a list of many of these.  If you would like to receive their monthly listing, you can join their mailing list here.

Volunteer Service

Our mission is to provide a local opportunity for people with Parkinson’s and their companions to be better educated and resourced.  We do this through Zoom meetings, newsletters, websites and community outreach. Volunteering can be a source of connection and purpose.
If you have time to get involved on our team or have interest in a project that would enhance our offerings, we welcome you wholeheartedly to Parkinson's Support Group of Sonoma County. 
Contact: Tess Lorraine, President PSGSC 
Phone: 707-363-7936

Together We Can Make a Difference
Donate Today

The Parkinsons Support Group of Sonoma County is a board administrated by volunteers. Through your donations we compen­-sate our instructors and professionals so that we can provide information, services and classes free of charge. Our success in the community relies on the financial support of our members. Thank you for your contributions. However large or small the amount, you are making a difference.
PSGSC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization TIN #56-2559001
Please donate to support our programs!
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Make check payable to:
c/o Judy Deas, Treasurer
456 Hidden Acres Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
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