By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease

October 2023

From the Board

We Hear You Loud and Clear!

Based on your enthusiasm about recent in person classes, we know that you want PD Active to provide more opportunities to get together in person for events, classes and support groups. And, we are aware that many of you also depend on us to continue online offerings. We can do both! But, not without your generous help. Please do your part by donating now to PD Active. Donate Here.

Programs and Events

PD Active Annual Fall Gathering in the Park

See old friends, and meet new ones at PD Active’s Outdoor Fall Gathering 

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Live Oak Park, 1275 Walnut St., Berkeley

Drinks, sweets and fruit provided.

More information here.

Can you bring a dessert or fruit or help out at the event? Contact Cathy Ball ( to volunteer. 

Save the Date

New African American Group for Community and Support

Date: 1st Friday of the month.

First meeting October 6, 2023 

Time: 12:30pm

Location: on zoom

Register here.

Join with other African Americans with Parkinson’s disease for connection, support and community.  Contact for more information. 

Report Back from the World Parkinson's Congress (WPC) in Barcelona 

With PD Active Members Deborah Harris and Adam Mizock - In Person 

Hear directly from community members about their experiences and what they learned at this important event.

Date: Saturday, October 7

Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm 

Location: Merrill Gardens, 5238 Coronado Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Register here.

More information, including directions and parking, is available here.

PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like these to our members. We remain grateful for your contributions.

PD Active Survey Report Back 

Date: Tuesday, December 5

Time: 5:30pm.

Location: on Zoom

Thanks to everyone who filled out the PD Active Annual Survey. Come find out more about what respondents said and hear about what is important for the East Bay Parkinson’s community.


New In-Person Classes

At the North Oakland Senior Center

5714 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609

More information here.

New! Brain Fit Cardio for PD with Petra Fibrichova

When: Fridays, 9:30am – 10:30am

A dynamic class that combines aerobic movement, strength, balance, and flexibility work, while challenging your brain as you move! We’ll be pushing against your PD symptoms with research based physically and cognitively challenging activities. Great music and group energy will get you fired up! This class is designed for those that are able to stand unassisted.

Zumba For Parkinson’s with Andreina Febres

When: Thursdays, 10:30am – 11:30am

Back by popular demand. This fun and energetic dance class taught in English and Spanish, uses Latin American rhythms to improve fitness, flexibility, and balance. Care partners and family members are welcome.

UCSF Parkinson's Disease Symposium 2023

Congratulations to PD Active member Joanne Ruby who spoke about women and Parkinson’s at this event which included presentations on a wide range of topics. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at the PD Active information table.

Community Updates

Samuel Merritt — Free Individual Physical Therapy

A 4-week program of individual sessions to focus on your specific needs related to exercise, mobility, and function.

Dates: Thursdays, October 26th through November 16th

Time slots:

  • 1:00pm – 1:50pm
  • 2:00pm – 2:50pm
  • 3:00pm – 3:50pm
  • 4:00pm – 4:50pm 

Location: 450 30th Street, Oakland  

Register here.

Samuel Merritt — Free Boxing for Parkinson’s 

Dates: Fridays, October 27th through December 8t

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Register here.

Or contact Jose L. Reyna at or (510) 879-9200 ext 7343

San Francisco State University — Physical Therapy for Mobility 

Doctor of Physical Therapy Students (under the supervision of expert clinicians) to work on specific mobility challenges such as walking, getting up from a chair, using the arm, or maintaining balance while doing any of these tasks.

Dates: October 6th & 9th

Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm

Location: San Francisco State University at 1600 Holloway Ave.

For more information and to RSVP, please email Alexander Dien at

Thank You to our Recent Donors


Bruce Bowen and Junona Jonas

Philip and Helga Cohen

Becky Dowdakin and Flora McMartin

Robert Ferguson and Janet Nexon

Robert Graham

Ella Hirst

Aileen Kim

Reuben Kuszel

Brian Lewis

Maria Servin

Daniel Specht

Chris and Annalisa Tay

Hope and Lee Tollefsrud

Leslie Trutner

Deborah Wiener & Daniel Boone

Donations in Honor Of

Raynor Voorhies – in honor of Kerri Lubin

Donations in Memory Of

Daniel Jarmel – in memory of Lee Shapiro