HAPPY NEW YEAR!
JANUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER & CALENDAR
Plan Ahead:
Saturday, January 20th - Forum
Saturday, February 10th - Post Holiday Party and Mini-Info Fair
Forum: Andreea Seritan, M.D.
Topic: Addressing Anxiety & Depression in      
             Parkinson’s Disease
Saturday, January 20th, 2018 from 10:30am-12:00pm
​Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall,1924 Cedar St​reet (at Bonita), Berkeley

RESERVATIONS: We urge you to reserve a seat please email pdaforum@pdactive.org . For information call 510-832-8029
Dr. Seritan is a professor of psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine. She is a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients with movement disorders and associated psychiatric symptoms.

Dr. Seritan divides her time between the outpatient psychiatry clinic, where she directs the Psychiatric Assessment and Brief Intervention Program, and the Movement Disorders and Neuromodulation Center, where she sees patients and conducts research. 

Before joining UCSF, Dr. Seritan was part of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC Davis School of Medicine, where she also served as Associate Dean for Student Wellness. Her research focuses on understanding the psychiatric and cognitive aspects of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders. 

Dr. Seritan received her medical degree from the Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Bucharest, Romania. She completed a psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by a geriatric psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Special Read
PD ACTIVE FEATURED IN BERKELEYSIDE
On December 5th Berkeley's on-line paper published an article by Karen Garrison titled " ​Berkeley organization helps those with Parkinson’s use exercise to slow symptoms​"​.

Karen, an engaged member of PD Active, lives in Berkeley. She was 61 in 2011 when she first developed major symptoms. She attends Dance for PD ® ​class, Rock Steady Boxing ® ​class and occasional yoga and PWR!Moves ® ​ classes. ​Karen​​ and John Argue are in the process of starting a mentoring program to assist the newly diagnosed.

Click Here to read the article.
It is also on PD Active website .
In The News
PD ACTIVE TO LAUNCH PARKINSON'S PEER MENTORING PROGRAM 
MID-MARCH 2018

Are you experienced at navigating PD and willing to provide perspective to a newcomer? Or are you a person recently diagnosed with Parkinson's ​--or a care partner​-- who wants to talk one-on-one with someone who has faced similar challenges?  

If so, you would be welcomed to PD Peer Connect ​, ​an exciting new peer-mentoring pilot program. At an inaugural meeting in mid-March, volunteers with PD or care partners who want to help newcomers meet the challenges of the disease will have the opportunity to come together with those newly diagnosed.  PD movement expert, John Argue, will present a primer on Parkinson’s and participants will be able to link up with a peer mentor or mentee.  

Look for the PD Peer Connect table at the PD Active's Post Holiday Party and Mini-Info Fair on February 10th to meet Karen Garrison and John Argue. For information you can email  mentoring@pdactive.org
Noteworthy News
  • ​PILOT RESEARCH STUDY ON HOW PEOPLE WITH PD WALK

Occupational Therapy students at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland are conducting a pilot research study under the supervision of Professor Drew Smith of the Motion Analysis Research Center. The goal is to study the effects of a specific type of training involving both audio instructions and simple physical movements on how people with Parkinson’s Disease walk. 
 
Following a short screening questionnaire, eligible participants will commit to attending two 1½-hour sessions at the Center two weeks apart and practice the training at home once a day. The sessions will involve walking along a 26’ long walkway that records how participants walk. There will be some simple tasks to perform while walking. One should have access to equipment which would enable them to listen to an audio recording on YouTube or on CD (access to the internet, CD player, or smartphone, etc.).  

Each participant will receive a $10 Target gift card each time they complete a session. For more information or to join the study, please contact Professor Smith via asmith3@samuelmerritt.edu or 925-876-5378.


  • JOSH GALLUP ANNOUNCES A NEW PROGRAM

A Concert of Songs About and Related to Parkinson's Disease with Humour & Pathos, Written & Performed by Josh Gallup

A benefit for the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Musicians: Kathy Kallick, Chad Manning, Clayton Knight, Stephen Godbe, Harry Robertson, Nate Gallup

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH 6:00-8:00pm
BERKELEY UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP HALL, 1924 Cedar St. Berkeley
(corner of Bonita & Cedar)
Tickets: Available in advance (Will Call) or at the door donation: $25-$100
Students, seniors, people living with disabilities: suggested donation: $0 - $25
Reservations, questions, and donations contact: gallup.josh@gmail.com


  • PD ACTIVE'S POST HOLIDAY PARTY & MINI-INFO FAIR
SAVE THE DATE

We are inviting local organizations who have expressed an interest to inform our PD community about their services and programs.  
We are also having a dessert party to celebrate the New Year.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH 2:30-4:30pm
BERKELEY UNITARIAN FELLOWSHIP HALL, 1924 Cedar St. Berkeley
(corner of Bonita & Cedar)


  • BERKELEY BALLET THEATER'S DANCE FOR PD® MOVES TO
NEW LOCATION

Berkeley Ballet Theater's Dance for PD ® classes will begin meeting this month in BBT's new studios at 1370 Tenth Street, Berkeley 94710 (between Gilman and Camelia behind REI).
The new location provides large studios, full ADA accessibility, and unlimited free street parking nearby (or metered parking on the block). 

A new weekly class will meet on Thursdays from 2:45-4:00pm, beginning January 4th.
The ongoing 12:00-1:15pm Monday class will continue in the new space, beginning January 8th.
Both classes are open to people affected by Parkinson's disease as well as family members and caregivers, and are offered free of charge. 

For questions or to register, please contact Susan Weber:
susanw@berkeleyballet.org or (925) 457-8170.
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Abbey Achs in honor of Jane Levy
Kim Bancroft in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Harriet Charney in memory of Larry Sirott
Lela Charney Squitieri in memory of Larry Sirott
Leslie Chatham in honor of Frances Tobriner
George & Sheri Clyde in honor of Stanley Lubman
Geoffrey Darby in honor of Karen Garrison
Alexander Darby in honor of Karen Garrison
Jo Ann Dorn in memory of Rudy Falkner
Suzanne Drolet in honor of Marilyn Drolet
Arthur Estin in honor of Lee Shapiro
Anita Ettinger in honor of Eva Yarmo
Nancy Feinstein in honor of Karen Garrison
Mary & Stan Friedman in honor of Judith & Stanley Lubman
Lisa Garrison in honor of Karen Garrison
Margo Garrison in honor of Karen Garrison
Jeanne Garrison in honor of Karen Garrison
Jack Gordon in honor of Lee Shapiro
Susan & Charlie Halpern in honor of Stanley Lubman
Kari Inglis in memory of Jan Fougner
Maria Isabel Jarvis in honor of Paula Blasier
Amy Kaminer in honor of Karen Garrison
Robert Laughlin in honor of Lee Shapiro
Clyde Leland & Lorraine Lerman in honor of Tim Gordon
Maria Marsh in memory of Joel Marsh
Thomas McFarland in honor of Lee Shapiro
Karen McGuire-Rugh in honor of Peter Rugh
Meredith Milet in memory of Jeffrey Milet
Suzanne Mounts in honor of Stanley Lubman
Benjamin & Jane Simon in honor of Lee Shapiro
Frayda Simon in honor of Lee Shapiro
Henry Weinstein in honor of Stanley Lubman
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Calendar for January 2018

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