By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
April 2022
From The Board
Speak Up -- PD Active Annual Survey Launches in June 
PD Active’s strength lies in the fact that our programs and priorities are set “by and for” those affected by Parkinson’s in the Bay Area. For the past several years we have conducted a survey of our members to find out where we are meeting needs and where we might do more or new or different. When the survey launches June 1, we hope you will respond particularly with your thoughts about reintroducing in-person events. Your voice counts.
Save the Date
April Virtual Ask the Expert Round Table
Long Term Disability, Estate Planning & Trusts

Date: Tuesday, April 12
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Speakers: Dan Feinberg & Travis Neal

Join us in an open conversation with two attorneys helping to navigate trust/estate planning and answer questions about long term disability as well as disability employment discrimination. You will be able to ask questions live or submit them in advance to

Dan is a partner in the law firm of Feinberg, Jackson, Worthman & Wasow LLP. Dan has over 30 years of experience in employment litigation.
Travis is a trusts and estates attorney at Hartog, Baer & Hand, APC, with over 15 years of experience in estate planning and administration matters.
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us at or (510) 479-6119 if you need assistance.
Dan Feinberg
Travis Neal
PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.
In-Person at Temescal Park, Oakland
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Virtual Forum
A Caregiver's Journey, An Open Conversation with Winter Stars Author, Dave Iverson
Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm PT
Classes & Programs
Yoga for Healthy Balance

The series of three Monday livestream sessions taught by Vickie Russell Bell and offered in partnership with PD Active's Living Well with Parkinson's will explore how to practice yoga to improve the standing balance we use in our daily lives.

  • Monday, April 11 - Strength and flexibility in feet, ankles and hips for balance
  • Monday, May 2 - Center of gravity and base of support
  • Monday, June 6 - The three inner balance sensors

Where: Zoom
Time: 3:00pm – 4:15pm PT
Suggested fee: $15 – $20
Register here.
PD Fit Club (formerly PWR!Moves®)
Tuesdays with Petra Fibrichova
This virtual class, previously PWR!Moves®, is a dynamic mix of all the forms of movements that are recommended for PD – aerobic, high-amplitude movement that includes cognitive challenges, balance training, PD specific strength training, slower mindful movement and stretching during the warm-up and cool-down phase of class.

You’ll leave with a sense of having had a great workout as well as feeling refreshed by finishing class with mindful movement and relaxation. Read more.

Where: Zoom
Time: Tuesdays 11am – 12:15pm PT
Suggested fee: $15 – $20
Register here.

Check out the PD Active Monthly Calendar for listings of upcoming live-stream movement classes such as Tai Chi, boxing, yoga and voice. 

For more information, contact
Community Update
UCSF to Conduct Remote Study

A remote study called MICRO-PD (Microbiota Intervention to Change the Response of PD) will be led by Dr. Caroline Tanner and Dr. Ethan Brown, neurologists at the University of California San Francisco. The purpose of this study is to test whether abnormal bacteria in the gut of people with PD are driving complications of levodopa, such as fluctuations, or inflammation that may be causing symptoms in PD.

For more information about the study and how to participate, read more here or contact Hannah Potter:
Valuable Medicare Information & Resources

The Center for Medicare Advocacy provides easy access to understanding Medicare and produces a range of informative and valuable materials on Medicare-related topics including:
  • Medicare Basics
  • Medicare Reform
  • Covid-19 and Medicare
  • Home Health Care
Visit the website to learn more
Thank you to our Recent Donors
Brennan Kane
Walter & Lydia Day
Lana Wilson
Kenneth Cohen
Sarah Bloom
Kiwanis International/Kiwanis San Francisco - Thanks to Michele Shoshani for making this donation possible.

Donations in Honor Of
Ginny & Jamie Elkin – in honor of Judi Ettlinger

Donations in Memory Of
Kimberly Bancroft – in memory of Ann Van Steenberg
Daniel Jarmel – in memory of Lee Shapiro
Gail Schatz – in memory of Ann Chandler