By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
February 2023
From The Board
Annual Appeal 2022

Thank you one and all for your contributions to the Annual Appeal. We are tremendously grateful for your steadfast support and dedication to PD Active. In this issue we pay special tribute to “Sustainers”, those who choose to donate throughout the year with regular monthly contributions. Monthly income of this sort helps us plan ahead with confidence that funding is in place. And, thanks to the generosity of our entire community of donors we are able to deliver a full range of resources year round in support of those affected by Parkinson’s disease.
Save the Date
February Round Table
Is It Time to Park the Car?

Date: Tuesday, February 14
Time: 5:30pm7:00pm PT
Speaker: Melanie Henry; CEO & DriveABLE Licensed Assessment Provider, Driver Cognitive Assessment Center

In this interactive Round Table we will address and discuss the often-challenging, frequently sensitive discussions and decisions around driving with PD. Topics may include: * Impairment signs to look for * Initiating the conversations * Resources to consult * Options after you “park the car”*, and more. If you don’t think you or your partner are planning to “park the car” just yet, please join us so you’re ready when that time comes.

More information here.
Melanie Henry
PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.
Classes & Programs
Tai Chi Weekly Classes with Otto Dittmer

Otto Dittmer teaches two classes weekly on Zoom; Tai Chi for Parkinon’s and Tai Chi for Gait and Balance. Tai Chi is a mind-body, low-impact movement practice that has been shown to reduce balance impairments in people with Parkinson’s as well as improve functional capacity and reduce falls. People with Parkinson’s often have balance or gait challenges. Otto has designed the Tai Chi classes to address these issues.
Since I became a regular at Otto’s Friday class, my balance—and my self confidence—have significantly improved. I’ve had fewer falls. I like the way Otto integrates Tai Chi lore into his teaching and makes us feel connected to an ancient mindfulness practice. He’s an exceptional teacher. I love Otto’s class.
Karen Garrison
New! DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Virtual Support Group
Begins Monday, March 6

Are you considering getting DBS but have concerns and questions?  
Have you had DBS and would like to talk to others who are living with DBS?
If so, we welcome you to join the new support group to share experiences and learn from and support one another as we navigate this awesome and daunting surgical procedure and treatment for Parkinson's disease.

Meeting: First Monday of every month (begins Monday, March 6), 5:00pm6:00pm PT
Moderator: Jane Summer, PD Active member

For more information, please email Jane Summer at
January Speaker Forum on YouTube 
In Case You Missed the January Speaker Forum on Sleep Disorders & PD, you can see the video 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
Remembering Paula Blaiser

Paula Blasier (1947–2023)
Paula was a dynamic board member from 2014–2017 who brought her many skills from her pastincluding how to design and communicateto help PD Active. She put PD Active on a new path and helped the organization mature. The redesigned logo is only a small part of her efforts and dedication. Her wit and her strive for perfection were contagious. In 2017 she left Berkeley to move to Cambridge, Mass. to be closer to her sister. She has been missed since then.

The obituary posted by her family asks in lieu of flowers please donate to PD Active in her memory. We are grateful for their thoughtfulness.
Free Physical Therapy Sessions & Exercise Classes
Begin February 28, 2023

Samuel Merritt University is looking for participants for the spring Community Participant Lab (CPL). This session is focused on neuromuscular or balance-related problems.

Tuesday afternoons from 02/28/23 through 03/28/23 at 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm, in-person at the Samuel Merritt campus in Oakland. 

Sign up using this link.

For more information, please contact; Krissy Waller, P.T.DPT
(510) 879-9200 X7346
Thank you to our Recent Donors
Thank you to everyone who donated during our Annual Appeal. Your donations make everything we do possible.
Alicia Benito
Grant Bennett
Mary Pat Boersma
Jenny Bowen
James Duff and Valerie Yasukochi
Diana Dunn
Candice Eggerss
Jerry Falk
Christopher Flores
Richard and Janet Hack
Paul Hathaway
Trish and Anthony Hawthorne
Catherine Huston and Jerry Hurtubise
Daniel Jarmel
Rise Justman
Joanna Kao
Sally Lappen and Nik Warren
Jane Lawhon
Bill and Suzanne McLean
Linda Metcalf

Adam and Lauran Mizock
Robin Newlin
Devan Reiff
Janelle Reinelt and Gerald Hewitt
Priscilla Rice
Howard and Ellen Rosenberg
Jackie and N. Garison Ruggles
Diane Russell
Renee Sheehan
Peter Smith
Paul Staley
Susan Stein-Black and John Black
Karen Sundheim
Kathryn Swallow
Hope and Lee Tollefsrud
Deborah Whittle and Benjamin Bowser

Kiwanis International/Kiwanis San Francisco — thanks to Michele Shoshani for making this donation possible.
Donations In Honor Of
Tuyet Cong-Ton-Nu – in honor of Judith and Stanley Lubman
David Goldstein – in honor of Michele Shoshani
Gregory Howe – in honor of my support group
Jim and Tracey Lubman – in honor of Stanley Lubman
Sarah Lubman – in honor of Stanley Lubman
Gail and Greg Marell – in honor of Larry Cuneo
Kathie Stein – in honor of Sue Stein Black
Robert Stein and Jessica Pers – in honor of Stanley Lubman
Donations in Memory Of
Stuart Berde – in memory of Larry Sirott and Linda McCradden
Shireen Burns – in memory of Garth Burns
Gail Chmura – in memory of Paula Fuchs Blasier
Judith and Stanley Lubman – in memory of Paula Blasier
Sustaining Donors
Michael Clancy and Caryn Dombroski
Brooke Deputy
Robin Duryee
Susan Felter and Bill Mastin
Nancy Gardner
Wade and Beth Greene
Mary Haan and George Kaplan
Kerrie and Mark Halmi
Jane House
Daniel Jarmel
Michelle Johnston
Sal and Betty Kadri

Janet and Robert Kohne
Mitch Landy
Stanley Leibowitz and Paula Millman
Lauren Livingston
Bill and Suzanne McLean
Donna Mickleson
Josie Mooney
Ilana Novak
Cathy Quides
Ronald Rioux and Marianne Glaspey
Gary Turchin
George Turner