May 2019 Newsletter and Calendar
Annual PD Active Town Hall - June 8
The annual PD Active Town Hall is coming next month. The gathering will be an occasion to interact with other community members while sharing your feedback and ideas.

Have a topic of interest? Each year, we focus the discussions on four to six topics. If you have thoughts on what you hope to see covered, please email us at
Date : Saturday, June 8, 2019
Time : 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ​
1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Trouble registering? Contact us at or (510) 479-6119.
PD Active Monthly Calendar

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

Save the Date
Forum on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Picnic on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.
In The News
Parkinson's Awareness Month - Berkeley and Alameda
April 2019 was officially proclaimed Parkinson's Awareness Month by both the City of Berkeley and the City of Alameda. We appreciate this effort to raise awareness about PD and hope this will be an annual initiative.

Many thanks to community members Brooke Deputy (left photo) and Nancy Husari (right photo with Alameda Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft).
Sunday, May 5, 2019 is Moving Day in San Francisco
The annual Moving Day fundraising walk hosted by the Parkinson's Foundation is taking place this Sunday. It's not too late to participate or donate. Visit PD Active's team page:

Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019
Community Updates
April Forum Report - Dr. Ethan Brown
Dr. Ethan Brown from UCSF presented an engaging overview of what is known about the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and the gut microbiota. He described the limitations of experiments thus far, and explained the related upcoming clinical trial at UCSF that he is leading. Dr. Brown was kind enough to make the presentation slides available. Click here to download the slides (39 MB file).

If you're interested in learning more about Dr. Brown's clinical trial or applying to participate, you can find more information here and/or contact Danilo Romero at

The hall was packed and we thank everyone who attended and all the volunteers who helped. We were also pleased to be able to again offer John Vine's "A Parkinson's Primer." We will make the book available at the town hall in June.
Join Our Mentoring Program
The PD Active Mentoring Program is a volunteer peer-mentoring program in the East Bay. The program directors link recently diagnosed people (and care partners) with a trained volunteer mentor, who has a few years of experience with PD, to help better meet the challenges of the disease. Being a mentor involves a commitment to have three conversations with a newcomer over about three months.

If you are recently diagnosed and interested in participating or were diagnosed a few years ago or more and interested in becoming a mentor, please review the Mentoring Program Newcomer Guide for program details and to sign-up.
Recurring Gifts Make Giving Easy
Contact us if you are interested in setting 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. Email us at or call at (510) 479-6119.
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 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
Kim Bancroft in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Michelle Cheeseman and Rick Clark
Walter Day and Lydia Shih
Lawrence Hayden and Valerie Mitchell
Carol Kusmierski in honor of Eva Yarmo
Adam Mizock
Ramon Quesada, M.D.
Jackie and N. Garison Ruggles
Michael Thorman and Dena Sneider

BlackRock (matching a donation by Adam Mizock)
Morgan Stanley (matching a donation by Walter Day and Lydia Shih)
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
PD Active Activities, Descriptions & Locations

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