March 2020 Newsletter and Calendar
Message from the Board

PD Active Has Hired a Program Director

Please welcome Cathy Ball as the new PD Active Program Director. Cathy comes to us with a background in Education most recently teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at Cragmont School in Berkeley. Cathy will have much to do with the many programs and events we support, but the first order of business will be to get to know our community and to that end you will see her at many PD Active classes.  

In accepting our offer Cathy said, "I am thrilled to get started in my new position and I look forward to getting to know everyone involved in PD Active's important work. I am proud to have this opportunity to be of service to the community and to be a part of PD Active's team." Cathy will begin her new position on March 2. Please welcome her to PD Active.
April Forum: Cannabis and the Treatment of Parkinsons's:
Is Anything Known?

Date: Saturday April 18, 2020
Time: 10:30pm - 12:30pm
The medicinal, mind-altering, material, and nutritional qualities of Cannabis have resulted in human relationships with this plant dating back thousands of years. Its complex and unique
chemistry has fostered the development of important discoveries in neuroscience. What, if anything, is known about the potential therapeutic effects of Cannabis in the treatment of Parkinson’s.

David E. Presti teaches neurobiology and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has been on the faculty in molecular and cell biology for nearly 30 years. For more than a decade he worked in the clinical treatment of addiction and of post-traumatic-stress disorder at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in San Francisco. And for the past 16 years, he has been teaching neuroscience and conversing about science with Tibetan Buddhist monastics in India, Bhutan, and Nepal. He has doctorates in
molecular biology and biophysics from Caltech, and in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon, and is author of Foundational Concepts in Neuroscience: A Brain-Mind Odyssey (2016) and of Mind Beyond Brain: Buddhism, Science, and the Paranormal (2018).
Reservation recommended. 
1606 Bonita Ave. at Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us at or 510-479-6119 if you need assistance.
Annual February Mini-Fair and Dessert Party Report
On Saturday, February 8th, PD Active hosted its Fourth Annual PD Information Mini-Fair.  Some 20 organizations participated providing a convenient venue for all comers to learn about wide variety of PD focused classes including boxing, dancing, yoga, singing and drumming. PD Active support groups along with PD advocacy organizers were on hand to answer questions and share information about current issues in PD.  Attendees enjoyed coffee, sweet treats and an opportunity to socialize and share more information with one another.  Many thanks to all those who made this event possible.
Jeffrey Mooney
Petra Fabrichova
Lana Wilson
Susan Weber
PD Active Monthly Calendar

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

Save the Dates
Forum with Neurobiologist David Presti on 4/18/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Michael J. Fox Foundation-Parkinson's IQ + You on 5/16/2020 at 9:00 a.m.
Town Hall on 6/13/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Forum with Dr. Diviya Kaul on 7/11/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Programs and Classes
Activity Block Classes Program begins Friday March 6
PD Active is pleased to announce the launch of the new Activity Block of Classes (ABC) Program for people with Parkinson’s disease, their friends and care partners.

Beginning March 6, the ABC Program will take place every Friday from 12:00pm. - 4:00pm. at The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Avenue between Dwight and Parker in Berkeley.

Four consecutive classes will be offered and participants can choose do take any number of the four classes which include Tai Chi, Be Heard! (Voice), PWR! Circuit and Gait, and Drum Circle.

Cost is $10 for a single class or $30 for all four classes. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

To learn more about the classes and the teachers, click here to view the ABC Program.
Community Updates
Welcome Todd Moorish to the PD Active Board
Todd Moorish comes to the PD Active Board of Directors as a recently diagnosed PwP and a capable contributor to the PD Active Events Committee including organizing the February Info Fair.

Todd started pursuing a career in hospitality consulting and operations, but then pivoted into hi-tech with the dot-com boom of the early 90s. He has focused on building and marketing B2B technology platforms enabling connect-ability. SaaS and BaaS are his playgrounds; APIs are his tools of choice.

He grew up in Hawai'i (Oahu and Maui) and Lafayette (CA) and now lives in Rockridge, Oakland. Other than spending time with his wife and two daughters (21 and 19), he loves staying active with tennis, mountain biking, skiing, pickleball and fly fishing. Todd says "exercise is medicine!". 
Welcome aboard, Todd.
Adam Mizock, Board member of PD Active, leads the pack spinning for PD
Kudos to Adam

On February 8, Adam Mizok participated in the Parkinson's Foundation Revolution Ride. Not only did Adam cycle 20 miles in 90 minutes, he raised $12,447 in support of community programs, educational resources and research, and was the top fundraiser in the U.S.!

Adam writes, “The fight against PD is personal for me. I was diagnosed with PD in 2018 and it has been a roller coaster ride. The journey has led to many new friendships, for which I am very thankful.” And we are very thankful for Adam and all the work he does on the Board of PD Active and in the PD community.
Lee Shapiro 1946-2020
Lee, a member of the PD Active community from its inception, attended all events and was devoted to his movement class with John Argue and his yoga practice with Vickie Bell. For over thirty years he approached his life affected by PD with humor and fierce determination in the same way he expressed his love for his sister Jane, her family and his partner, Amy. No one in our community worked as hard to support it. Every year Lee wrote over 25 letters to friends from elementary school-- and all the stops along the way-- asking them to contribute to PD Active because, as he liked to say, "PD Active was his second family".

He signed his 2019 letter quoting Bob Marley: "You Never Know How Strong You Are Until Being Strong Is Your Only Choice".  

May his memory be a blessing.

To learn more about Lee click here.
Don't Forget to Carry Emergency Contact Info
Here is a handy guide for preparing emergency medical information. We urge all community members to prepare this information and keep it accessible and on your person at all times. Above all keep the name and number of the person to contact with your health care card. 

If you have an iPhone you should fill out the   Health app that comes with the phone. This app can be used in emergency even if the phone is locked.

If you have an Android phone, here are   instructions for adding emergency info to your lock screen.

Thank you, Donors
Dr. Judith Bodenhausen in memory of Lee J. Shapiro
Martha Bureau in memory of Lee Shapiro
Shelly Forster  
Kerrie Halmi  
Gregory Hodge in memory of Bobbie Hodge
Kerri and Mark Lubin  
Louise Miller and David Peterson  
Adam Mizock in memory of Lee Shapiro
Richard Page  
Lynne Rodgriguez in honor of Grace Grafton
Toby Simon and Linda Metcalf  
Ruth Tavlin in honor of Tremolos
How to Donate
PD Active is a 501(c)(3) so contributions are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 26-3302461
Up Your Impact, Give Monthly: Contact us to set-up up a monthly, recurring donation to PD Active. It's easy to do, and secure. We would be happy to tell you more and walk you through the process. You can set-up a recurring gift for any amount and every contribution is meaningful. Email us at or call at (510) 479-6119.
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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