February 2019 Newsletter and Calendar
February 9th Forum: Living with Parkinson's
John Vine, Author of "A Parkinson's Primer"
John Vine’s talk, Living with Parkinson’s , will honestly address medical, practical, and emotional challenges presented by Parkinson’s disease. John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and had deep brain stimulation surgery in 2008.

John’s talk will draw on lessons he learned from interviewing many Parkinson’s patients and their partners. Even though all Parkinson’s patients are treated as having the same disease, each patient has a different story to tell. Truthfully told, these stories are instructive. Even though individual stories are necessarily anecdotal, collectively they help to paint a picture that is neither gloomy nor rose-colored, but positive, constructive, and helpful.

A Parkinson's Primer will be available for purchase at the event.                  
Date : Saturday, February 9, 2019
Time : 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ​
1606 Bonita Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
*If you have trouble registering, please e-mail us at info@pdactive.org.
PD Active Monthly Calendar

The calendar includes classes initiated with financial support from PD Active.

Save the Dates
Forum Going with the gut: the hope and hype of gut microbiota and Parkinson's disease with Dr. Ethan Brown of UCSF on April 13, 2019
Annual Community Town Hall on June 8, 2019
In The News
PD Active is Receiving National Recognition
Check out U.S. News & World Report's Jan. 9, 2019 article, Medication-Free Ways to Treat Parkinson’s Disease by Heidi Godman. PD Active is pleased to have been listed as one of the "examples of local nonprofit Parkinson's groups" that connects people to PD-specific classes and resources. Be sure to scroll down to the "Where to Find Help" section.
Be Heard! Voice for Parkinson's is Expanding
KT Warren has developed and launched Level 2 of her holistic voice work class. Both classes take a lively and yoga-esque approach to voice work for Parkinson’s Disease. Warren, a former actor and yoga instructor, developed the work after training with John Argue and Carol Fisher, and watching her father’s struggle with PD and speech.

She feels it is equally important to strengthen the muscles that make speech loud and clear and participate in community and have fun. “A lot of people with Parkinson’s can become isolated, and left out of conversation,” Warren explains. “It’s imperative that people learn the steps to making themselves heard and seen, so they can stay active participants in their lives and in their communities.”

  • Level 1 is for people who are newer to voice work, and those who need to practice how to generate healthy sound.
  • Level 2 is for people who can already make sound consistently, and can read comfortably off a page.

If you're not sure which level is right for you, please contact KT at ktwarren@gmail.com for assessment.

Date and Time: Thursdays, Level 1 from Noon to 1 p.m., Level 2 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley CA
Community Updates
UCSF PD Caregivers Symposium, February 15, 2019
On February 15th, UCSF will be hosting a symposium for caregivers that will provide an opportunity to interact with other PD caregivers and community agencies with resources for caregivers of PD patients. It will be an opportunity for collaboration, learning, and education and PD Active will have a resource table at the event.

This program is free and for PD caregivers only. Light refreshments will be available. Space is limited, so please register to attend.

RSVP Required: hannah.george@ucsf.edu or (415) 502-1672
Date and Time: Friday, February 15, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
450 Post St., 3rd Fl., San Francisco, CA 94103
More Info: aaron.daley@ucsf.edu or (415) 476-9276
3rd Annual Mini-Info Fair and Dessert Party
Thank you to everyone who attended our event on January 12th. It was a great day of people interacting with program managers and teachers and meeting new people in the community.
Thank you to all of this year's participants: 
  • Be Heard! Voice for Parkinson's
  • Berkeley Ballet Theater Dance for PD®
  • Be Well: Yoga for PD
  • Danspace Dance for PD®
  • Michael J. Fox Foundation Ambassadors
  • Mindful Movement: Yoga, You, and Parkinson's
  • Mon Ami
  • Parkinson’s Foundation
  • PD Active Peer Mentoring Program
  • PWR!Moves® and Chair Yoga
  • Rock Steady Boxing
  • Samuel Merritt Occupational and Physical Therapy Services
  • PD Active Salon
  • Stanford Parkinson's Community Outreach Program
  • Tech Tips and PD Life Hacks
  • The Tremolos
  • Young Onset PD Group
Ping Pong, anyone? Dana Smith is looking for players...
PD Active Community Member Dana Smith is exploring starting a local Ping Pong for PD class. Significant others or playing partners of persons with PD will be especially welcome to participate. Anyone interested should contact Dana at dsmithplace@gmail.com.
Photo credit: Solveig Osk
Taiko Drumming Classes for People with PD
PD Active Community Member Cathy Quides played taiko for 8 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. She let us know about this upcoming class and thought it would be a unique opportunity for others to learn about the art and history of taiko and give drumming a try.

Date and Time: Tuesdays Feb. 5 - Mar. 25 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
150 South Montgomery Street, San Jose, CA 95110
Fee: $200
Register: www.taiko.org/calendar or (408) 293-9344
2018 Annual Appeal: Thank You, Donors!
We are very grateful to all our donors who helped PD Active have our best Annual Appeal ever.  More people donated and more donations were larger than in years past. ‌‌
Peggy Alter
Garth and Shireen Burns
Michael and Shelley Egger
Candice Eggerss
Mary and Stan Friedman
Rachel Ginsburg and Suzanne Falter
William Hawk and Joan Gallaher
Vincent Harrington
Louise Hendry
Patrick Horay and Don Chambers
Kathie Jones
Fred and Roslyn Kleinsinger
Rueben Kuszel and Andrew Hetz
Jeremy Larner
Jody London and Michael Aronson
Abdalla and Susan Rifai
Philip Schnayerson and Liz Sher
Toby Simon and Linda Metcalf
Peter Smith
Mary Spletter
Alan Tobey
In Honor and In Memory Of
Barbara Anderson in honor of Eva Yarmo
Marilyn Cleveland in memory of Betty Alfsen
Molly Fraker in honor of Stanley and Judith Lubman
Keiko and Claude Hess in honor of Dance for PD - Claudine
Kathryn Larimer in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Jane Lawhon in honor of Karen Garrison
Susan Marinoff and Tom Schrag in honor of Eva Yarmo
Maria Marsh in memory of Joel Marsh
Linda Schacht in honor of Suzanne Calpestri, Stanley Lubman and Evie Wozniak
Gail Schatz and Harry Walters in memory of Ann Chandler
Neelam Sekhri and Richard Feachem in honor of Richard Feachem
Ellen Singer-Vine and Ed Vine in honor of Suzanne Calpestri
Robert Stein and Jessica Pers in honor of Stanley Lubman
Marda Stothers in memory of Ward Stothers
Joshua Weintraub in memory of Larry Sirott
Arlan Wise in honor of Lee Shapiro
How to Donate
PD Active is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible.
Tax ID: 26-3302461

We rely on you, our generous PD Active members, and your friends and family members, for our core financial support. It's easier than ever to help:

  • To donate by credit card
  • To donate by postal mail: PD Active, P.O. Box 9246, Berkeley, CA 94709
  • To donate by PayPal

Use Your IRA : You no longer need to wait until the end of the year to distribute your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA. A quick reminder that if you are over 70 1/ 2 you are eligible to use your RMD to make tax-free donations to qualified charitable organizations. No gift is too small, so please keep us in mind when evaluating your IRA.

Contact Judith Lubman at  development@pdactive.org   or call (510) 479-6119 for other types of donations such as:
  • Recurring credit card donations
  • Stock or Donor Advised Funds
  • Planned Giving - Property or other assets through your will or estate plan
  • Automobile
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