Moving Day® San Francisco — Local Impact

Making an Impact in Northern California

Through your participation in Moving Day®, you are providing resources and programs to your loved one with Parkinson’s. Your support helps the Parkinson’s Foundation fund:

Center of Excellence – Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center

Free Resources

Moving Day® San Francisco and San Jose events helps provide free resources in your community:

  • Aware in Care hospitalization kits
  • Educational Books
  • Toll-free Helpline
  • Wellness Classes

Community Programs

Moving Day® San Francisco and San Jose help support existing programs and launch new ones to help people with Parkinson’s live life well. Click on a link below to find more information about the program.

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Parkinson’s Women Support – Women and PD Conference

The Women and PD Conference seeks to share news on the latest research in Parkinson’s disease with women who have the disease, through an outreach to diverse regions of California that can’t always provide informative programs.
a. Bring public awareness to research for Parkinson’s disease
b. Give women with PD an opportunity to meet each other
c. Encourage support groups
d. Acknowledge organizations that fund them and other local program
e. Praise and encourage researchers and doctors working on our behalf

Event details: TBA

The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program

The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program is working to develop free classes, workshops, fitness classes, services and support to all neuroscience patients, regardless of where they receive care.  The program is currently creating a dynamic outreach engagement program for people with Parkinson’s in order to serve their needs for exercise, community and meaningful exchange. Our intention is that these programs be free of cost in order to make them readily available for underserved and financially strained community members.  Stanford’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program offers essential engagement programming for our Parkinson’s community. We are committed to fostering opportunities for cultivating well-being and community as well as access to exercise programming clinically proven to support the health and wellbeing of people with Parkinson’s.

Dates: We offer weekly classes at various times.

Location: Stanford Neuroscience Health Center – Wellness Room 213 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

How to sign up: Interested Participants can sign up by calling Stanford’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program Line number at 650-721-8500 or by email: SCP@stanfordhealthcare.org

Contact:        TC Cowles  –  tcowles@stanfordhealthcare.org  –  650-206-0342


  Research

Delivery of Psychiatric Care to Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Using Telemedicine

Delivery of psychiatric care via telemedicine. Patients with Parkinson’s disease have a high rate of comorbid psychiatric disorders, particularly anxiety and depression. These prevalent non-motor symptoms affect daily activities and may increase the severity of motor symptoms in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center (MDNC) provides comprehensive care for patients with movement disorders and has recently added a psychiatrist to its multidisciplinary team. In 2016, approximately 10% of psychiatric follow-up visits at MDNC were conducted using telemedicine (video conferencing through a secure, institutionally sponsored online connection). This modality increases access to psychiatric care for patients who live far away, who otherwise may not be able to access mental health services due to limited availability of local providers with expertise in movement disorders, insurance, financial, or other barriers. Informal feedback to date has shown high patient satisfaction with this service delivery modality.

Through this project, we will be able to expand delivery of psychiatric services via telemedicine to more patients with Parkinson’s disease, and ultimately hope to improve their quality of life. Increasing access to mental health care for patients with Parkinson’s disease will result in timely evidence-based treatment of comorbid psychiatric conditions, also aimed at reducing caregiver burden for patient families. Once we demonstrate the feasibility of this intervention, we intend to disseminate the results of our study through scientific meetings and publications, which we hope will encourage other centers to develop similar programs.

Dates:           Throughout 2017 (1/1/17-12/31/17) every Wed and Fri

Location:     UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center, 1635 Divisadero St., Suite 520, San Franscisco, CA 94115

How to sign up: Participants are patients receiving ongoing psychiatric care.

Contact:       Sarah Wang  –   sarah.wang@ucsf.edu  – 415-353-2311


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Rock Steady Boxing

Training classes include an exercise program that attacks Parkinson’s at its vulnerable neurological points. While focusing on overall fitness, workouts include: ring work, focus mitts, heavy bags, speed bags, double-ended bags, jump rope, core work, calisthenics and circuit weight training. No boxing experience is necessary and people of all ages are invited to participate.

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 AM.  Program will begin in late April-early May.

Location: Dynamic Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness at 518 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, Ca 95356

How to sign up: Sign up by calling (209) 544-1615 or visitng Dynamic Mixed Martial Arts and Fitness at 518 Kiernan Ave., Modesto, Ca 95356.

Contact: Jackie Mendoza, Manager, (209) 544-1615

Parkinson’s Disease Exercise Class

A high-intensity, Parkinson’s-specific, community-based group exercise class for newly-diagnosed or high-functioning people with Parkinson’s. It incorporates the components of aerobic exercise, cognitive training, strength training, core strengthening, balance and flexibility training, high intensity interval training (HIIT), voice training, taekwondo, Pilates, boxing, and Parkinson’s education.  The 60-minute class is a combination of circuit training, team competition, group movements, and a high dose of camaraderie.  Spouses, friends, and caregivers are encouraged to participate.

Dates:       Mondays from 1:30pm-2:30pm

Location:    Marin County

How to sign up: Drop-in basis, but it is recommended to email instructor for more information.

Contact:       Lisa Oei, PT, MSPT, DPT  –  Lisa@NeuroPlasticiTeam.com  –  415-806-6338

PWR! Moves Class

This movement class is for those living with Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor or balance issues.  The movements are designed to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and posture.  The goal is to enhance motor, cognitive and emotional functions and daily quality of life. Funded by The Parkinson’s Foundation! Led by Joan Comendant, a certified PWR!MOVES and Senior Exercise Trainer.

Dates: 

St. Helena PWR!Moves: Weekly, Wednesdays at 1:15 – 2:15 pm

Calistoga PWR!Moves: Weekly, Fridays at 1:00 – 2:00 pm

How to sign up:    For both the St. Helena & Calistoga PWR!Moves, anyone call Rianda House to sign up 707-963-8555, Drop-ins also welcome

Location:  St. Helena PWR!Moves: Rianda House, 1475 Main Street; St. Helena, CA 94574

Calistoga PWR!Moves: Community Center, 1307 Washington St., Calistoga, CA 94515

Contact:  Julie Spencer, Executive Director or Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno, Program Manager

Dance Moves ME!      

The Dance Moves Me! for Parkinson’s program (www.dancemovesme.com) combines the basic structure of a Dance for PD class with the “vivacious artistic skills and showbiz pizazz” (John Argue) of professional dance instructors Debbie Sternbach and Woodrow Thompson. In addition, the program artistically integrates strategies from other top, movement-based Parkinson’s programs, including PD expert John Argue’s Parkinson’s Disease & the Art of Moving and Dr. Becky Farley’s PWR! Moves.

Dance Moves Me! creatively works on PD-specific concerns such as balance, gait, flexibility, coordination and voice in a community of warmth, compassion and understanding. Using a wide variety of music, Dance Moves Me! classes bring the joy of rhythmic movement and dance back into the lives of people living with PD. Dance Moves Me! videos, may be viewed for free on the Internet: www.youtube.com/channel/UC4B5fuJVIAKcg0cbT207nAA

Dates:           Tuesdays 1-2:30 Walnut Creek and Fridays 12-1:30 Emeryville

Location:      Walnut Creek, CA and Emeryville, CA addresses on our website: www.dancemovesme.com

Contact:        Debra Sternbach  –  Fasn8n@comcast.net  –  510-653-8362

The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program

The Neuroscience Supportive Care Program is working to develop free classes, workshops, fitness classes, services and support to all neuroscience patients, regardless of where they receive care.  The program is currently creating a dynamic outreach engagement program for people with Parkinson’s in order to serve their needs for exercise, community and meaningful exchange. Our intention is that these programs be free of cost in order to make them readily available for underserved and financially strained community members.  Stanford’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program offers essential engagement programming for our Parkinson’s community. We are committed to fostering opportunities for cultivating well-being and community as well as access to exercise programming clinically proven to support the health and well being of people with Parkinson’s.

Dates: We offer weekly classes at various times.

Location: Stanford Neuroscience Health Center – Wellness Room 213 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

How to sign up: Interested Participants can sign up by calling Stanford’s Neuroscience Supportive Care Program Line number at 650-721-8500 or by email:  SCP@stanfordhealthcare.org

Contact:        TC Cowles  –  tcowles@stanfordhealthcare.org  –  650-206-0342


For more information on how to help, get involved or to learn more about programs and services in Northern California, please call the Parkinson’s Foundation at 925-421-6737 or cfischer@parkinson.org.

Community grants are made possible through the efforts of Moving Day®, the Parkinson’s Foundation and the support of our local community.

100 events in the first five years, more than 100,000 participants, and nearly $14M raised.