By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
October 2022
From The Board
We Can Do It!

The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act. (H.R. 8585/S.4851) is moving simultaneously through the House and Senate and must be passed by both chambers before going to the President for signature. We are striving to get this through the current (117th) Congress.

Take action now and call or email your Representative and Senators using this form. Ask friends and family to do the same. Current congressional co-sponsors are recorded here and Senate co-sponsors are recorded here. As you will see there is work to be done.

Kudos to Bay Area Rep. Mark DeSaulnier [D-CA-11] for his early support of this legislation.

Want to know more? Check out the PD Active Roundtable on the National Plan to End Parkinson's.
PD Active Annual Picnic - JOIN US!

Enjoy great Company * Connect with old friends * Meet new members!

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Live Oak Park Picnic Area by the Berkeley Arts Center, 1275 Walnut St, Berkeley

Family and friends are welcome. Drinks & Dessert provided.

More information is here.
Save the Date
October Ask the Experts Round Table
Speech and Swallowing Challenges With Parkinson’s

Date: Tuesday, October 11
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm PT

Speakers: Alyssa "Lyssa" Rome and Julie Hicks, Speech Language Pathologists, PD Active Member Janelle Reinelt

For more information click here.
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us at or (510) 479-6119 if you need assistance.
PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.
Alyssa "Lyssa" Rome
Julie Hicks
Janelle Reinelt
November Ask the Experts Forum
Caregiving for PD: Navigating Your Options and Planning for the Future

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 10:30 am12:30 pm PT

Check the website for more information and registration coming soon.
Classes & Programs
Special Yoga Sessions for PD with Vickie Russell Bell
Yoga for the Lower Body
Create greater ease and openness in the feet, calves, hamstrings and hips.

Where: Zoom
When: Mondays 3:00 – 4:15 pm PT
October 31, November 7, 14

More information & registration here.
In Case You Missed It

September Speaker Forum: Hope and Reality on the Path to Curing Parkinson’s Disease: My perspective as a patient, scientist, and entrepreneur with Matt Jacobson is available here.

Special PD Active Roundtable: The National Plan to End Parkinson’s Act with Nora Eigenbrodt, Public Policy Officer with the Michael J Fox Foundation is available here.
Video recordings and presentations from past events are available on the PD Active Past Events Page.

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 Updates
Remembering John Argue, former PD Active Board Member and Parkinson’s Movement Instructor

John was a well-known specialist in PD and movement who contributed his considerable talent to the Parkinson's community. He taught a class in Berkeley for many years and his “Parkinson’s Disease & the Art of Moving,” as well as two companion DVDs continue to be valuable resources.

Anna Rabkin Remembers John Argue                             
I first heard about John Argue when my husband, Marty Rabkin became involved with PD Active in the early 2000s. John had developed his movement classes based on movement and voice that came from his years in theater. Marty valued John’s understanding of PD, and his commitment to the PD community. The two became friends, and when Marty stopped driving John always picked him up for class. When Marty died in 2013, I benefited from that friendship, John visited me every week for years. John was an interested, interesting, caring man whose classes, tapes and books helped people with PD not only here, but nationally and internationally. He is fondly remembered.
Read more about John Argue.
Parkinson Association of Northern California 2022 Education Conference

When: Saturday, October 22nd, 8:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Roseville, CA
Keynote Speaker: Ray Dorsey, MD

More Information here.
Free Physical Therapy & Boxing Classes
at Samuel Merritt College
Samuel Merritt offers free individualized physical therapy and a specialized boxing class especially for Parkinson's disease.

Individual Sessions start 10/27: Sign up here.

"The Brady Punch" Boxing & PWR! Class starts 10/28: Sign up here.
Nutrition in Parkinson’s
A Parkinson’s Foundation Educational Event

When: Friday, October 14, 2022, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Lafayette Veterans Memorial Center
3780 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA
Free, but registration is required as seating is limited.
More information here.
Thank you to our Recent Donors
Robin Duryee
Daniel Jarmel in memory of Lee Shapiro
Shabbir Latif
Jane Pimentel
Nick Thurlow