By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
May 2022
From The Board
We Want to Hear From You! Take the PD Active Survey.

PD Active’s strength lies in the fact that our programs and priorities are set “by and for” those affected by Parkinson’s disease in the Bay Area.

We invite you to take our annual survey and tell us what PD Active programs, classes and events are most important to you, what you value, and what programs we don't currently have that you would like to see PD Active offer.

As we move back to in-person programming, we need your input about how to make this transition work for all our members.

Your opinions matter.
The Board of Directors will use the results of the survey in our planning and budgeting going forward.

Take the Survey. It only takes about 10 minutes - please fill it out now!
Save the Date
Annual Info Fair & Spring Gathering

In-Person at Temescal Park
North Entrance: 6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618
North Temescal Picnic Site
(Directions to North Entrance here and map of the park here.)

Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm PT

A great opportunity to gather in person, learn about classes & resources in the community, meet the class instructors and support group coordinators, see old friends and meet new ones. More information here.
PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.
June Virtual Speaker Forum
A Caregiver's Journey, An Open Conversation with Winter Stars Author, Dave Iverson

Date: Saturday, June 11
Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm PT

Dave Iverson was 59 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and a few years later he decided to do something he’d never imagined — he moved back home to care for his 95-year-old mother, Adelaide. Winter Stars is the story of the ten-year journey that followed.

During his broadcast journalism career, Dave Iverson produced documentary specials for PBS, including the Frontline film My Father, My Brother and Me (2009), and Capturing Grace (2015) both about Parkinson’s disease. He also hosted local NPR/PBS programs at KQED in San Francisco and served as a special correspondent to the PBS NewsHour.

To purchase a copy of the book, email Todd or Monique.

More information about Dave Iverson and this exciting event here.
Classes & Programs
Yoga for Healthy Balance

Join a Monday livestream session taught by Vickie Russell Bell exploring how to practice yoga to improve the standing balance we use in our daily lives.

  • Monday, May 2 - Center of gravity and base of support
  • Monday, June 6 - The three inner balance sensors

Where: Zoom
Time: 3:00pm – 4:15pm PT
Suggested fee: $15–$20

In Case you Missed It
Long Term Disability, Estate Planning & Trusts Round Table

You can view April’s Round Table with attorneys Dan Feinberg and Travis Neal here.
If you have any feedback on this event, please send that to

See other speakers and classes on our youtube channel.

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
Community Update
Parkinson's in the African American Community 
Talking with Dr. Donna - Livestream 

Thursday May 5 at 6:30pm

Dr. Donna White Carey will interview PD Active Member Deborah Whittle along with Dr. Indu Subramanian about Parkinson's disease in the African American community. The panelists will discuss why there are disparities in diagnosis and treatment, resources for living well with PD, and more. Please help spread the word about this exciting event.

Inspiring New Documentary

The new documentary, The Long Road to Hope, profiles twelve extraordinary individuals with Parkinson’s from across the country and the world. It’s based on the book, Ending Parkinson’s Disease by Drs. Ray Dorsey, Todd Sherer, Michael Okun and Bas Bloem which chronicles the exponential rise of Parkinson’s - and what we can do about it.

A unique way to support PD Active when you shop

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support PD Active at no cost to you. Available at, a convenient shopping experience with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase to PD Active.
Thank you to our Recent Donors
Jenny Bowen
Ron and Carol Hofmann
Mitch Landy
Dana Smith and Mary Frederick
Mark Summer

Donations in Memory Of
Daniel Jarmel in memory of Lee Shapiro
Fred Setterberg in memory of Ann Van Steenberg
David Taylor in memory of Martin Rabkin