By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
March 2023
From The Board
2023 Brings Changes

PD Active has been fortunate over the years to have a talented, committed and hard-working Board of Directors. Our tagline “By and for people with Parkinson’s disease” communicates clearly what our organization does and we couldn’t do it without the commitment and the vision of our board members.

This month we want to recognize two board members who have recently stepped down, Adam Mizock and ARobin Orden. Adam joined the board in 2018 and Robin in early 2022. While they are no longer board members both stay committed to PD Active and you will undoubtedly see them at classes, support groups and events.

Please join us in thanking both Adam and ARobin for all they have contributed to PD Active!
Save the Date
March Speaker Forum
Hallucinations and Dementia with PD—What to Know

Date: Saturday, March 11
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am PT
Speakers: Dr. Angeliki Zarkali and Dr. Suzanne Reeves, PhD

Dr. Angeliki Zarkali and Dr. Suzanne Reeves, PhD will be joining us via Zoom from University College in London and will share their recent findings on hallucinations and dementia as pertaining to Parkinson’s disease. We will discuss the origins of these symptoms, treatment options, as well as other valuable resources.

More information about the event and the speakers here.
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us at or (510) 479-6119 if you need assistance.
Dr. Angeliki Zarkali
Dr. Suzanne Reeves
PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.

Annual Info Fair- save the date!
Sunday, May 7, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Temescal Park, Oakland
Check the webpage for updates about presenters, directions and more.
Classes & Programs
New! DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) Support Group Begins March 6, 2023

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 

Meeting: First Monday of every month 
Time: 5:00pm – 6:00pm PT
Moderator: Jane Summer, PD Active member

For more information or to join the first meeting, please email Jane Summer at
Weekly Classes with Petra Fibrichova

Petra Fibrichova teaches two classes weekly on Zoom: PD Fit Club on Tuesdays 11:00am, and Chair Yoga on Tuesdays at 12:30pm.

PD Fit Club uses a dynamic mix of movements that are recommended for PD including aerobic,balance, and PD specific strength training. Slower mindful movement and stretching are included. The class is designed to improve functional movement while having fun.

Chair Yoga - Move & Groove begins with a warm up and continues using big, rhythmic movements with some cognitive challenges mixed in. Class concludes with breathing exercises to improve lung capacity and relaxation.
Petra's classes are both fun and a terrific way to get a cardio-workout along with specific exercises that address Parkinson’s, and it’s all enhanced by Petra's positivity, energy and great music. People at all levels are able to participate and realize the benefits of the classes.
– Kerrie H.

For more information, please contact
February Round Table on YouTube

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
Thank you to our Recent Donors
Thank you to everyone who donated during our Annual Appeal. Your donations make everything we do possible.
Allan and Kate Aks
Grant Bennett
David Berks
Alicia Carter
Chitra Chari
Ritch Davidson
Becky Dowdakin and Flora McMartin
Robin Duryee
Brooks Dyer
Robert Graham
Kathleen Guevara
Trish and Anthony Hawthorne
Karen Hiersoux
Ron and Carol Hofmann
Jane House
Robb Lazarus and Yong Bai
Diane M Smith

Sue Marek
John and Ann Marks
Michael McKinnon
Ellen Meyers & Kim Anno
Robin Newlin
Lincoln Pain
Berne Reuben and Janet Coleman
Ellen Shaffer and Joseph Brenner
Susan Stein-Black and John Black
Chris and Annalisa Tay
Alan and Ruth Tobey
Daphne & Don White
Robert Yelland
PayPal Giving Fund

Donations In Honor Of
Betsy Chotin – in honor of Judi Ettlinger
Robin Duryee – in honor of the incredible staff of PD Active
Diane Russell – in honor of Benton Russell
Marion and Kenneth Stein – in honor of Sue Stein Black
Margo Stein – in honor of Susan Stein Black
Diane Woloshin – in honor of Paul Hathaway
Donations in Memory Of
Ann-Marie Hogan – in memory of Ann Chandler
Daniel Jarmel – in memory of Lee Shapiro
Marguerite Russell Shreve – in memory of Paula Fuchs Blasier