March 2019 Newsletter and Calendar
April 13th Forum: Going with the Gut - The Hope and Hype of Gut Microbiota and PD
The human gastrointestinal system is lined with bacteria and other organisms, collectively the microbiota, that may have a significant impact on our health. In particular, recent investigations suggest that the microbiota may play a large role in Parkinson’s disease, either through worsening symptoms, impairing medication effect, or perhaps causing disease or speeding progression. 

Dr. Ethan Brown, a neurologist affiliated with UCSF Medical Center, will give an overview of what we know about the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and the gut microbiota, the limitations of experiments thus far, and future studies -- including an upcoming clinical trial at UCSF that may shed significant light on this complex relationship. 
Date : Saturday, April 13, 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
PD Active Monthly Calendar

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

Save the Dates
Annual Community Town Hall on June 8, 2019.
In The News
PWR! Moves adds 2nd class this month
Starting Friday, March 1st, Petra Fibrichova will offer a second PWR! Moves class at The Yoga Room. This class is specifically designed to push back against the symptoms of Parkinson's and includes strong, aerobic, repetitive movements in sitting, standing and reclined positions to improve flexibility, balance and strength.

Student testimonial: “When I first started, I had to think about how to turn myself over, move arm, move leg, etc. I noticed a few weeks ago, I just turned over, no thinking!“ (B.D.)

Day and Time: Fridays 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
Fee: $15 for drop-in
Info:, (510) 520-4523
RSB Albany adding a 2nd Wednesday class starting this month
Rock Steady Boxing Albany is adding another class. Starting March 6th, fighters (the term used for class participants) have the option of joining a Wednesday class from 10:00-11:30 a.m. or 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Rock Steady Boxing Albany now offers 26 classes per month. For new fighters, an assessment is required before joining a class.

Day and Time: Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Noon
Fee: Various subscriptions available, $40 for drop-in
Info: (925) 471-5432,
New Facilitator for Mild/Moderate Support Group
Roslyn Kleinsinger has volunteered to facilitate our Mild/Moderate Care Partner Support Group. Roz also facilitates our two monthly support groups for people with PD. If you're a care partner of someone who has PD with mild/moderate symptoms, we welcome you to this monthly gathering. No RSVP needed.

Many thanks to Roz for continuing to volunteer her time and expertise.

Day and Time: 2nd Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: Berkeley Chinese Community Church , 2117 Acton Street, Berkeley
Community Updates
February Forum Report - John Vine
John Vine, author of A Parkinson's Primer, addressed a full house on February 9th, 2019. He shared insights he gained from interviewing people with PD for his book and insights gained from his personal experience managing the disease.

We sold copies of his book at the event and John was kind enough to sign books and speak with community members after his talk. We plan to have additional copies of his book available at the next Forum.
TRE Workshop is Being Offered by Brooke Deputy
Community Member Brooke Deputy is a certified TRE® Tension/Trauma Release Exercise instructor who is offering a workshop for people with Parkinson's.

Her work promotes the integration of body,
heart, mind and spirit. Brooke was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago. See the flier for details.

Date and Time: Saturday, April 6th, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Emeryville Yoga Therapy Center , 1240 Powell St, Emeryville
Fee: $40 individual $70 for two. Payable in advance.
Parkinson's Together Support Group
Parkinson's Together is a support group in San Francisco facilitated by Dr. Maya Katz. This monthly gathering is specifically for people with Parkinson's who do not have a care partner.

Day and Time: First Wednesdays at 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Aquatic Park Senior Center , 890 Beach St, San Francisco
Weekly Thriving with PD Classes in Alameda
Thriving with Parkinson's is a comprehensive therapy and movement-based program to combat the effects of PD. The class is taught by Alysa Stanford, a clinical exercise physiologist with 10+ years of experience with patients with PD.
Days and Time: Wednesdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-noon
Location: The Lodge at Harbor Bay, 801 Island Drive, Alameda
Fee: $40 a month
Register: or (510) 748-0158
Thank you, Donors
Bob Hale in honor Deborah Putnam
Richard Page
Rudi Schmid
Deirdre Sproul
Lana Wilson
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   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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