Plan Ahead for the Forum: Saturday, January 20th, 2018
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Thank you to those who have made donations and thank you to those of you who will do so.
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First Forum of the 2018 Season
DR. ANDREEA L. SERITAN​, UCSF Department of Psychiatry​ and ​UCSF Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center​

"Addressing Anxiety and Depression in Parkinson's Disease"

Dr. Seritan is a professor of psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine. She is a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients with movement disorder​s and associated psychiatric symptoms.

Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 10:30am-12:00pm
​Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall,1924 Cedar St​reet (at Bonita), Berkeley

To reserve please email pdaforum@pdactive.org  
Special Read
Karen Garrison

Karen Garrison, an engaged member of PD Active, lives in Berkeley. She wrote about her experiences in 2015, four years after being diagnosed with PD.  We have shared her article informally with a few​ ​​members​ and we think there are many lessons to be learned from her eloquent writing. We are grateful to her for giving us permission to publish it in a blog on our website. Click Here to read the article.

She was 61 in 2011 when she first developed major symptoms. Today, seven years later, Karen attends Dance for PD ® class, Rock Steady Boxing ® class and occasional yoga and PWR!Moves ®  classes.

In addition​, ​together ​with John Argue​, she is planing to start a mentoring group to assist the newly diagnosed. She still makes quilts and finds time, with her husband, David, for her devotion to hiking, snorkeling, and watching birds and fish of all kinds.


Kathleen Parafinczuk spoke on the topic titled "Exercise as Medicine--The Role of Rehabilitation Professionals in Helping to Treat Parkinson's Disease."
She has had a lot of experience at Kaiser developing integrated plans for those diagnosed with PD. The question
period was spirited​.

Katie thoughtfully made her slides available. 
We have posted them on our website under the November Newsletter section.
Click Here to view them.
Noteworthy News

Berkeley Ballet's Dance for PD ® invites you to a free class to introduce the new home and studios of the Berkeley Ballet Theater.
December 28t​h fro​m 2:45-4:00pm
​1370 Tenth Street, Berkeley (​b​etween Gilman & Camelia, behind REI)
Family, friends and caregivers are welcome.
RSVP to Susan Weber at susanw@berkeleyballet.org or (925) 457-8170.


Four PD Active members, who started with Parkinson’s speech therapy at Oakland Kaiser, have formed an ongoing voice practice session, which meets on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00pm at the South Berkeley Senior Center. They start with vocal exercises, then take turns reading short sentences to longer passages aloud, then non-pressured ‘ad-libbing’ or interviewing on short, easy topics, focusing on volume, articulation, and expression. It is a low-key, supportive atmosphere, with others who are in similar boats, and it provides an opportunity to exercise those vocal chords for folks who aren’t quite up to joining the Tremolos. 

There is plenty of room for more participants and there is no charge. Spouses, care partners are welcome. 

South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis St, (corner of Ashby and Ellis, Berkeley)
Small parking lot, some street parking, close to Ashby BART
​Contact Ingrid Crickmore: 510-525-8742 or  ingridcrickmore@earthlink.net​
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Richelle Jacobs in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Janet Klusza in honor of Lee Shapiro
Arthur Kuhn & Carol Van Steenberg in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Stanley & Judith Lubman in honor of Paula Blasier
Linda Mandel in honor of Lee Shapiro
Tommie Mayfield in memory of Mary King
Karen McKie & Barry Krisberg in honor of Judith & Stanley Lubman
Laura McNall in memory of Frieda Dilloo
Patricia Morse in honor of Frances Tobriner
Lynda Mounts in honor of Stanley Lubman
Patricia Needle in honor of Paula Blasier & Carol Gilbert
Carol & Joe Neil in honor of Eva Yarmo
Amy Neuburg in honor of Herb Heinz
Jane Okuma & Chris Gordon in honor of Tim Gordon & Donna Mickleson
Alan Palestine in memory of Arthur Palestine
Sarah Robinson in honor of Peter Rugh
Michael Rosenberg in honor of Lee Shapiro
Joyce Rybandt in honor of Gary Turchin
Philip Schnayerson & Liz Sher in honor of Stanley Lubman
Ken Schneider & Marcia Jarmel in honor of Lee Shapiro
R. Scott Schroeder in honor of Lee Shapiro
Marjorie & Mitchell Schwarzer in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Lee Shapiro in honor of Yoram Litwin & Titi Singer
Katherine & James Shea in honor of Herb, Warren, Martha, and all the dancers
Larry & Maxine Snider in honor of Eva Yarmo
Greg & Selina Wajnowski in honor of Stanley & Judith Lubman
Arlan Wise in honor of Lee Shapiro
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