November 2018 NEWSLETTER
Save the Dates
Dessert Party and Mini-Info Fair on January 12, 2019
Forum with author of "A Parkinson's Primer", John Vine on February 9, 2019
Forum on the Gut and PD with Dr. Ethan Brown on April 13, 2019
Kicking Off the Annual Appeal
We hope you will join with friends in the PD Active community to be among the first to donate to this year's Annual Appeal.

PD Active is now serving more people by offering more Parkinson's-specific classes, support groups and programs than ever before. This is good news, however expansion increases our costs. We need your help if we are to continue our existing activities and meet our new goals.

Please watch for our letter, which will be coming to to you via the U.S. Postal Service or e-mail.  You can also donate now at

We urge you to add your name this week to those who have helped to kick off the campaign.

We thank:
Mary Pat Boersma
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri
Mike Gabel and Amy Scheinbaum
Tim Gordon and Donna Mickelson
Lyn and Paul Hathaway
Judith and Stanley Lubman
Ivan and Maris Meyerson
Sue and Bob Moss
Lee Shapiro and Amy Blasenheim
Ernie Scosseria 
Katherine Shea
Joanna Uribe
Evie and Gordon Wozniack
Eva Yarmo
Chad Zucker
And don't forget for those of you who are 70+ years of age: You can direct funds from your IRA directly to PD Active. Save on taxes and help PD Active all at one time.
Next Forum - Navigating Parkinson’s Disease:
Current and Future Treatments
Dr. Ash will review current therapies for Parkinson’s disease mainly focusing on medications but also touching base on exercise and possible supplements that may be helpful. If time permits, we will also discuss the future of PD therapies and what new treatments may be available in the near future.

Dr. Rima S. Ash is a Movement Disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. Having completed a fellowship in movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and dystonia, Dr. Ash has had extensive training in using deep brain stimulation and Botulinum toxin. At Kaiser, she works with a multidisciplinary team of specialists that focus on the surgical treatment of movement disorders. She chose this sub-specialty because of the complexity of diagnosis, and because of the enormous progress that has been made in the treatment of these disorders. Dr. Ash has a Board certification in Neurology with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018
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
In The News
New Mild/Moderate PD Care Partner Group
Date: First Meeting, Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
2117 Acton Street, Berkeley, CA 94702

An exploratory meeting was held in September, which brought together 15 care partners. There was uniform agreement that a new group should be formed to address the needs of those partners who are handling mild to moderate symptoms.

Suzanne Falter and Richard Hom, both care partners themselves, have kindly offered to share the responsibilities of coordinating the support group once a month. At the first meeting we will establish the protocols for the group and then set a schedule for meetings going forward. We welcome all care partners who wish to attend.

If you are not already on the mailing list, please e-mail us at to let us know you wish to be added to the list to receive reminders and updates.
Community Updates
Report on Mentor Training, Now Recruiting Mentees
On October 13th, Karen Garrison and John Argue conducted a new and improved training session for mentors participating in the second pilot run of the program. Based on feedback from the first pilot, Karen and John led a more intensive mentor training with a more succinct and inviting guidebook. The session also included a round of role playing to give mentors vital practice.

This time around participants have agreed to convene a quarterly meeting of mentors where they could learn from and help each other with the challenges of the job.

Karen and John are currently recruiting new mentees. Contact them at if you’re recently diagnosed: a well-qualified peer mentor awaits. 
Easing Anxiety Workshop with Lauren Banister
In this interactive workshop, you'll investigate how to disrupt patterns in the body and mind that create and perpetuate anxiety. Making use of movement, breathing, meditation, and other practices (including supplements and food choices), students will leave with a robust toolkit and hands-on experience to create a more calm, grounded self capable of withstanding the nagging pull of anxious thoughts and feelings. The instructor, Lauren Banister, is the class assistant for both PWR! Moves and Chair Yoga.

Date : Saturday, December 1, 2018
Time : 1 to 3 p.m.
Location : Square One Yoga , 1540 62nd Street, Emeryville, CA 94608
Fee : $25
RSVP by Nov. 28: or (510) 912-5406
New Dance for PD ® Master Class Video
Check out this new video of the Mark Morris Dance for PD ® class at the Berkeley Ballet Theater with Teaching Artist Leslie Garrison leading a master class inspired by Pepperland.

Parkinson's Foundation 2018 Caregiver Summit, Dec. 1
The Caregiver Summit is a free event open exclusively to caregivers/care partners of people with Parkinson's. Simultaneous Spanish translation will be offered and requires a a cellphone with headphones. Registration is required and seating will be limited.

Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018 
Time: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m
1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94061 

To register and see the full schedule, 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 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.

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 you are eligible to use your RMD to make tax-free donations to qualified charitable organizations. PD Active is a 501(c)(3) and would be pleased to receive your IRA donations. No gift is too small, so please keep us in mind when evaluating your IRA.

Here are some helpful FAQs on the topic.

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
Monthly Calendar

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

PD Active Activities, Descriptions & Locations

PD Active Class Information:

PD Active Support Group Information:
Local Classes for People with PD - (510) 479-6119 -