By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
December 2021
From The Board
Make a Difference!
If Parkinson’s has touched you or someone you love, you know how devastating that can be. PD Active can make a big difference by providing essential support to complement medical treatments. 

Our membership is growing as more and more people in our community rely on the services we provide. You can be part of making that difference when you support the Annual Appeal.

Save the Date
January Virtual Speaker Forum
The Influence of Environmental and Occupational Toxins on Neurological Diseases

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2022
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm PST

Speaker: Dr. Beate Ritz, M.D., PhD, M.P.H., Professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Medicine

Dr. Beate Ritz is the Interim Director for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA) Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research. Her research focuses on the health effects of toxins such as pesticides, ionizing radiation, and air pollution on neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s disease. (Read more)

PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.
Dr. Beate Ritz
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us at or (510) 479-6119 if you need assistance.
Classes & Programs
As 2021 draws to a close, we want to acknowledge and thank all the instructors and support group leaders who have provided the services and activities that allow our community to stay active and thrive.
Chair Yoga with
Petra Fibrichova

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

For more information, contact
Community Update
The National Institute of Aging is seeking participants caring for family members with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, Lewy Body dementia, or any other type of dementia.

The study aims to help address the stressors that come with being a caregiver through the usage of internet-based caregiver programs designed to teach coping skills that may reduce caregiver stress or improve emotional well-being.

Access to web-programs for up to 15 months, monetary compensation for participation, 6 support calls, and feedback about participants' progress throughout the study is provided. 

For more information, contact:

Taylor Landress
Research Assistant
UC San Diego Caregiver Study
School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry

To learn more about the research program, click here or contact (858) 534-9479. 
Thank you to our Recent Donors

Joan Allen
Bill Barclay and Cathy Fogel
Marion Brenner and Bob Shimshak
Susan and David Brody
William Brown and P. Barini
Bruce Bowen and Junona Jonas
Thomas and Barbara Brunetti
Gabriel Griego and Monique Buffler
Michael Clancy and Caryn Dombroski
Helga Cohen
Jan and Richard Coss
Christine Cziko
Richard Dromgoole
Brooks Dyer
Roberta Evans
Nancy Gardner
Erik and Priscilla Green
Stacy Hall
Susan and Charlie Halpern
Deborah Harris
Susan Jamart
Leslie Kannan
Janet and Robert Kohne
Herb and Gina Kutchins
Mitch Landy
Kitty Lau
Robb Lazarus and Yong Bai
Sheila Lichtman
Lauren Livingston
Robert Luhn
Phil Miller
Gretchen Muller
Ilana Novak
Pamela Perry
Stuart Pivnick and Alice Akawie
Cathy Quides
Anna Rabkin
Patricia and Robert Raburn
Priscilla Rice
Ronald Rioux and Marianne Glaspey
Michele Shoshani
Susan Stein-Black and John Black
Sally Swope
Rayner Ternick
Michael Thorman and Dena Sneider
Hope and Lee Tollefsrud
Beth Uno
Trip Van Noppen and Rivka Gordon
Deborah J Van Scoyk
Lana Wilson
The Zenith Insurance Company / Jim Lubman
Donations in Memory Of

Ana Bertero – in memory of Tim Gordon
Barbara Carovano – in memory of Martin Carovano
Suzanne Drolet – in memory of Tim Gordon, Bob Ellis, Ann Van Steenberg, Marilynn Drolet
Mike Gabel and Amy Scheinbaum – in memory of Laura Gabel
William Hawk and Joan Gallaher – in memory of Tim Gordon
Robin Holmes – in memory of Dan Holmes
Daniel Jarmel – in memory of Lee Shapiro
Tommie Mayfield – in memory of Mary King
Ray and Sandra Ponce – in memory of Tim Gordon
Ann Rapp – in memory of John Hammerman
Sandra Simon – in memory of Tim Gordon
Chris and Annalisa Tay – in memory of Paula Tay
Donations in Honor Of

Dorian Bartley – in honor of Stanley & Judith Lubman and My Father Will Smith
Michael Borgerding – in honor of Peg Peterson
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri – in honor of Nancy Holliday
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri – in honor of Lauren Livingston
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri – in honor of
Judith Lubman
Margo Garrison – in honor of Karen Garrison
Paul and Christine Goulart – in honor of Todd Morrish
William Heinz and Monique Kane – in honor of Herb Heinz
Marjorie Hilsenrad – in honor of Judy Huerta
Gregory Howe – in honor of Support Group For People With PD and the heart-felt leadership of Ros, Adam & Robin
Patricia Kates and Henry Brady – in honor of Stanley and Judith Lubman
Evelyn Kawahara and Stefan Highsmith – in honor of Vicki Bell, Suzanne Drolet, Sarah Talach (and All the Other Teachers)
Kerri and Mark Lubin – in honor of Judi Ettlinger
Susan Marinoff and Tom Schrag – in honor of Eva Yarmo
Bonnie Mizock – in honor of Adam Mizock
Diana Penney and David Wellman – in honor of Sam Willard
Dana Smith and Mary Frederick – in honor of Kerri Lubin
Joann Sullivan – in honor of Brooke Deputy
The Peleh Fund – in honor of Adam Mizock
Greg and Selina Wajnowski – in honor of Stanley and Judith Lubman
Monthly Sustainers

Grant Bennett
Michael Clancy and Caryn Dombroski
Susan Felter and Bill Mastin
Daniel Jarmel
Janet and Robert Kohne
Stanley Leibowitz and Paula Millman
Donna Mickleson
Josie Mooney
Ilana Novak
Cathy Quides
Ronald Rioux and Marianne Glaspey
Gary Turchin
George Turner