John Winston Clark
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Happy Friday! - Discussing Local Community Support


April 27th, 2018

Happy Friday! 

Today we are talking about the importance of community support, friends, family, and caregivers. We know it takes an army to pull our lives around living with Parkinson’s disease and we are beyond thankful for those of you who truly support us as well as those suffering with this disease. 

You are not alone. We are not alone, and together we build a strong network of people!

Here is a local Parkinson Network for our town in Lafayette, Mt. Diablo. The mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s disease in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. They fulfill this mission through monthly support groups for PDers and caregivers; therapeutic yoga, exercise, and movement classes; monthly expert speakers on PD research and treatment; the Shaky Times monthly newsletter; the Tremble Clefs choral group; a weekly walking group; and an extensive library of books, journals, and pamphlets on PD.

Community Benefits /

Group Support meetings – Walnut Creek Branch at Grace Presbyterian Church. 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. Walnut Creek. 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of every month. Meetings are geared to all those living with Parkinson’s. Programs consist of guest speakers, open discussion, and breakout support groups for men Parkinsonians, women Parkinsonians, and caregivers.

Group Support meetings – Pleasanton Branch. Our sister affiliate group.  Meets second Saturday of every month, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meetings are at the Pleasanton Senior Center 5353 Sunol Blvd. Pleasanton. For more information or directions call Norman Bardsley 925-831-9940.

Shaky Times Monthly Newsletter – Free subscription to all members.

Lending Library – Check out helpful books regarding Parkinson’s and caregiving or take free booklets and pamphlets. Available at our monthly meetings.

Tremble Clefs: Meets on Thursdays. Singing and performing group. All are welcome – you don’t need to be a good singer to join. Call Michael Grupp at 925-451-3389.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Support Group – Call Art Fowler 925-314-1875.

Parkinson Exercise and Movement Classes – 

PD Boot Camp, Walnut Creek.  Mondays 9:30 to 11:00 at Grace Presbyterian Church’s Oak Room.  Price: $15 per class for mobile pders. Contact Murthy Jarugumilli via email at

Exercise Classes, Walnut Creek. Two separate classes of Therapeutic Yoga and Movement Strategies at Grace Presbyterian Church, 2100 Tice Valley Blvd. Fee $15 per class. Call RYT Carol Fisher at 925 566 4181.   For mobile PDers:  Thursdays 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s: Tuesdays 1-2:30 pm, Congregation B’nai Tikvah, 25 Hillcroft Way, Walnut Creek. $10/class- no charge for care partners. - Debbie Sternbach (510) 653-8362

Rock Steady Boxing – East Bay: Fighting back against Parkinsons Disease. Monday through Saturday, offering 8 classes a week. 1990 Olivera Road, Suite D. Individual assessments must be completed prior to taking a class. Call Coach Jimmy at 925-785-1272 to schedule a personal assessment and to discuss payments plans.

These are just a few reasons we love our community!

Thank you and God Bless!

Please visit every little bit helps John continue his treatments, build his team of experts, and supports the “Cell Man” documentary. Education is key and with your help we can all make a difference fighting Parkinson’s disease.

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