PD Peer Connect: Saturday, M​a​rch 10th, 10:30am-12:00pm

​For​um: Saturday, April 14th, 10:30am-12:30pm ​
We added extra time. Stay longer for tea, coffee & conversation.
THANK YOU, DONORS ​for ​your ​generous support during our Annual Appeal. 

We told you we had three goals for the year ahead and your ​generosity ​is allowing us to start on two of the three​ in March​: a mentoring program for the the recently diagnosed and an evening class for those who can not attend day-time sessions. 

Next, we will be introducing PD Active to those not yet aware of the local services available to​ them.​
You helped to make this happen.
Forum: Dr. Anthony Santiago

Dr. Anthony Santiago is the newly appointed Chief Medical Officer at Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center, Sunnyvale, CA.

Topic: Gut Microbiome in Parkinson's Disease​

Dr. Santiago is a nationally-recognized expert in neurodegenerative disorders. 
He most recently served as the Chief Medical Officer and a member of the Board of Directors, for Pathways Group, Inc. ​

Prior to Pathways Group, Inc., Dr. Santiago was Associate Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Neurology at the University of Minnesota (UMN) School of Medicine, where he also served as the Chief of the Divisions of Movement Disorders and Ataxia.

​Before going to Minnesota he was Associate Professor of Neurology and National Parkinson Foundation Center Director at the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center of the Barrow Neurological Institute.

Dr. Santiago is a ​graduate of the Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, where he also completed his post‐graduate training in neurology, a Fellowship in Movement Disorders/Neuromodulation, and was an Assistant Professor in the Neurology Department.

Saturday, April 14th, 10:30am-12:30pm Note the new extended hours.
S​tay ​longer for tea​, coffee​, & conversation​.

Location: Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall
1924 Cedar Street at Bonita, Berkeley

To reserve please email
In The News
  • Mentoring Program
Launching PD Active's newest program: PD Peer Connect, the mentoring project

Saturday, March 10th, 2018 from 10:30am-12:00pm
Location: North Berkeley Public Library​, Community Room 
        1170 The Alameda​ (at Hopkins St.), Berkeley 

PD Active is starting a pilot peer mentoring program. To help meet the challenges of the disease, PD Peer Connect will link people recently diagnosed with Parkinson's to mentors who have had PD for a few years.

At the inaugural meeting mentoring pairs will be formed and movement expert John Argue will present a primer on Parkinson’s. Over the next few months we will provide a training guide for mentors and ​each mentoring pair will connect three times under the auspices of PD Peer Connect. Then the participants will meet together to evaluate the pilot project.

This is an exciting chance to help shape a new program while strengthening our support network. We welcome care partners to participate.

For more information, come to the March 10th meeting and/or email us ( Karen Garrison & John Argue ) at .
  • New Evening Exercise Class - Balance & Posture for PD
Starting March 6th in Oakland. The first class is free!
Class will meet every Tuesday 6:00-7:00pm

Instructor:​ ​Clarice Cummins, Neuro-Physical Therapist
A​n​ exercise class​ led by a physical therapist​ specifically for people with Parkinson’s. This class is designed around neurological principles that help you tap into your own mind-body connection. It works to build coordinated strength, balance and power while improving your posture to get you more upright, mobile and flexible so you can enjoy life more fully!

403 49th Street ​at the ​corner of Shafter​ Ave. ​​, ​Oakland
Same building as Back to Life Physical Therapy
$20 per class or $180 for a​ ​10 class pass​ ​payable to instructor​.​ 
Your first class is free​.

Space is limited​. To reserve:
Go to "Sign up today" then scroll down to "Class for Parkinson's" 
Drop-ins are welcome as space permits​. Care​partners are welcome​.​​
Contact Clarice Cummins at for more information
  • Post-Holiday Dessert Party & Mini-Info Fair Report
​P​D Active held a successful combined post-holiday party and an information fair on February 10th. Members enjoyed seeing old friends,​ m​eeting ​new ones, eating desserts and stopping ​off at the 1​5​ tables to learn about classes and services. 

​We wish to thank: P​D Active programs Neighbor to Neighbor,​ ​P​D Peer Connect, Support Groups; AEC Living; Ashby Village; Be Heard; Dance Moves Me!; Danspace; Jewish Family and Children Services; Medtronic; Parkinson​'s​ Foundation; PWR! Moves ® ;​ Rock Steady Boxing ®  ; Stanford​.​​ Based on the enthusiasm of those who attended, we will do it again next year.
Thank You To Our Donors
Carol Kusmierski in honor of Eva Yarmo
Judith & Stanley Lubman in honor of Lee Shapiro
Gretchen Muller
Judy Phillips
Rudi Schmid
Neelam Sekhri & Richard Feachem
How To Donate
PD Active is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

We rely on you, our generous PD Active members, and your friends and families, for our core financial support. It's easier than ever to help.
  • To donate by credit card: please click here
  • To donate by postal mail:  PD Active, P.O. Box 9246, Berkeley, CA 94709
  • To donate by PayPal: please click here
  • 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

Contact Judith at   or call   510-479-6119
Calendar for March 2018

PD Active Activities, Descriptions & Locations

Local Classes for People with PD| 510-479-6119
PD Active P.O. Box 9246 Berkeley, CA 94709