November Support Groups, Guest Speakers and Featured Articles

NOVEMBER NEWS from The NeuroCommunity Foundation!


November 7th: International Tongue Twister Day. …  November 13th:             World Kindness Day —  November 15th: Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day          November 18th: Use less Stuff Day—November 19th: World Toilet Day


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NEW articles/ information posted on the website this month

PD and Dystonia (PD Interesting articles/research)

New Rules for everyday living & adding fun to your life Give it a TRY!  (Be Inspired)

It’s time to say thank you!  November is National CG Awareness month (Breaking news)

—-Grant programs and financial assistance (MS Wellness)   

 —-Helpful Hints for Grooming (Helpful Information)

Minimizing Stress during the Holidays (Wellness Therapies)  

–Soft robotic exosuits help patients walk after stroke (Stroke Education)



CLICK on the SPEAKERS NAME ( GREEN)  for the link  to read about the guest speaker.

 Matt Wolff  LCSW – “Your Path to Greater Personal Empowerment”  (Claremont)

David Russak PT, DPT, BCIS, CSC- “What is Parkinson’s disease and how

do I fight it” (Westlake)   

Holly Sacks  –“Mindfulness and how it helps PD”-(Burbank)

Casey Halpern MD -“DBS-What’s on the Horizon?”  (Santa Barbara) 

Courtney Darrough  Katherine L. Mays, John Macias, Samantha Carnell“Caregiving around the Clock” (Ventura)

Captain Dave Zaniboni, Santa Barbara County Fire Dept. Public Information Officer- “Disaster Response Tactics for the Central Coast, including special needs emergency preparedness.​”



PD TELEPHONE: Information will be posted on our website when it becomes available.


Topic: Fox Insight: Your Experience Fueling Research

Thursday, November 16, 2017  TIME:  9 a.m. PT

Discussion about the online study Fox Insight and how contributing data through surveys and genetic testing helps direct drug development and approvals.  The future of Parkinson’s research is in powerful hands: yours.

PD EXPERT BRIEFING  Topic: Depression and PD: Treatment Options,  Tuesday, November 21, 2017   

Time: 10:00 am PST 

 Roseanne D. Dobkin, Ph.D.,Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

LSVT:   No webinar in November

The NeuroCommunity Foundation   (818.745.5051)

32705 Vanowen St.  # 216   West Hills, CA  91307 (mailing address only)

October News and Support Group listings

October News and Support Groups Listings

The NeuroCommunity Foundation

 PHONE NUMBER: 818-745-5051

Visit our website: for specific information

To protect against viruses, we do not provide links in emails.

REMEMBER: KEEP SCROLLING down on each page to locate all website posts.   Support groups  & Guest speakers are listed below!  


Your gift helps to provide support groups, advocacy, referrals, personal communication with our Education Director and innovative programs to help patients, families and caregivers achieve a better quality of life!!! Donations can be made directly at our website by clicking here: Checks can be mailed to our address below!

Could you continue to support us when you shop at Ralph’s grocery store?  All participants are required to register for the new term online at or by calling us at 800-443-4438 starting September 1, 2017. Even if your participants registered as recently as June, July or August 2017, they are required to register again beginning September 1st.

 For your convenience, step-by-step website registration instructions can be found at, click on Community, click on Community Contributions, click on ‘Enroll Now’. If you don’t have computer access, please call us at 1-800-443-4438 for assistance.

CAREGIVER CONFERENCE: FREE @ USC  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2017 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM  SEE CAREGIVERS CORNER on the WEBSITE for info/ how to register

SONGSHINE TRAINING in OCT ( go to Community Connections)


CLINICAL  STUDY: Woodland Hills: UCLA Depression Study for persons over the age of 60.

PD RESEARCH: Ask the pharmacist about the new medication for Dyskenesia

WELLNESS : Take time to readjust your body –Autumn Wellness Tips AND How to get rid of tension headaches

CAREGIVING:  Eight ways to see the glass half full!

STROKE: The role of exercise in prevention, rehab and recovery

MS: MS Trial Alert: Investigators in California, Recruiting for Study of Online Program to Treat Depression in All Forms of MS at Cedar-Sinai

TBI: Fitness considerations for patients with TBI

BE INSPIRED: AUTUMN inspirational quotes – take time to breath and see the leaves change!  

HELPFUL INFORMATION: Are you prepared for a crisis? Emergency checklist for you and your family.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: Songshine Foundation -Song Shine Training in October. Register now! Also  read about CSUN internship program and Music Mends Minds program.





Marcie Lerner: Chocolate Bingo and Round Table: (Claremont PD Support Group)

 Andrew Imbus , Physician Assistant  Evidenced based research for PD  (Westlake)

Annette Swain , PhD. Depression and Apathy in PD (LIVE WIRES DBS –Burbank)

 Holly Sacks , Mindfulness Meditation for PD (Simi Valley)

Barbara Wogh  RN, Holistic Health/ Being your own advocate and Parkinson’s Disease  ( Burbank PD) 

 Dr. Bridgette Queenan , Update from UCSB’s Brain Initiative* Santa Barbara)

On the website: Go to PD Educational Events for October

For detailed information, please go to our website:

PD Telephone Managing the Cognitive and Psychiatric Symptoms Associated with Parkinson’s Disease

MJ Fox webinar. What Do a Dog and Keyboard Have in Common? Screening for Parkinson’s

 LSVT:  TitleAm I too early to start LSVT BIG® or LSVT LOUD®?

 PD EXPERT BRIEFING: No webinar in October


The NeuroCommunity Foundation

32705 Vanowen St.  # 216

West Hills, CA  91307 (mailing address only)

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 Information about Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders, support groups, wellness programs, education events, and local resources in northern Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Central Coast & Central Valley. Click: contact or call 818-745-5051 to speak with Jan D. Somers, Education Director, Parkinson & Movement Disorder Information Center, The NeuroCommunity Foundation.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is a non-profit foundation. We provide support groups, educational conferences, resources, research updates/ clinical trials information and PD events in the SFV/Ventura/Central Coast/ Inland Empire.

The NeuroCommunity Foundation is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors may deduct contributions to the foundation as provided in section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

San Fernando Valley Caregivers Only Parkinson Support Group

caregiver group

The San Fernando Valley Caregivers Only Parkinson Support Group fosters a comfortable setting for sharing information, insight, advice and encouragement. The meetings provide an opportunity to learn from others who face the same challenges, and allow you to talk about your experiences. You’ll gain insight to new approaches of caregiving, including ones that worked for others in a similar situation. You can also gain perspective and learn caregiver stress management tools that come from hearing others talk about their experiences. [Read more…]

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If you happen to shop at Ralphs and would like to support The NeuroCommunity Foundation, we would be most appreciative!. If you do shop at Ralphs, we will receive 1 % of your purchase through their community
contribution program. The NeuroCommunity Foundation's Non-Profit Org. number ( NP0 # ) is 82287

All you need to do is enroll online at OR by calling Ralphs at
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If you happened to enroll prior to Sept 1st, Ralphs requires you to register again.

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