September is a busy month, check out these events: 

Saturday, September 9th 10:30am-12pm for the Fall Forum
Sunday, September 24th 12:30pm-3:30pm for the Picnic in the Park
Forum:  Dr. Maxwell Merkow
Topic: Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's; rationale, evaluation, and emerging technology

Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm
Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 1924 Cedar Street (at Bonita), Berkeley

RESERVATIONS: We urge you to reserve a seat please email  For information call 510-832-8029
Dr. Merkow is a neurosurgeon at East Bay Brain and Spine Medical Group (a BASS Medical Group affiliate) in Walnut Creek. His expertise includes functional neurosurgery, including the implantation of deep brain devices for the treatment of Parkinson's disease and essential tremors. 

He also specializes in minimally invasive/endoscopic approaches for common and complex spinal disorders as well as brain and pituitary tumors.

Dr. Merkow believes in educating his patients to help them make well-informed decisions, maximize function, avoid surgery when possible, and to minimize recovery time so that his patients get back to their activities as quickly as possible.

He received his medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and then completed a seven-year residency in neurological surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. As a postdoctoral research fellow, he studied the brain rhythms that underpin human memory and the effect of deep brain stimulation on memory.

His research appeared in the journals Science and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, among others.
He has privileges at John Muir Medical Center's Walnut Creek Campus.
PD Active Picnic - A Purely Social Event
        SUNDAY, SEPT. 24, 2017 12:30pm- 3:30pm
       LIVE OAK PARK - BERKELEY PICNIC AREA #2 (enter from Walnut St.)

Bring your family & friends
A tasty dish to share (with a serving utensil please)
Something to put on the grill if you like
A lawn chair if you prefer a seat with a back

PD Active will provide: cold beverages, paper plates, cups, napkins, forks, hot coals for grilling, and fun!

Volunteer? Questions? Contact Donna Mickleson 

Donations to defray costs will be welcome
PD Active  510-479-6119
PD Active Welcomes John Argue to the Board of Directors
John Argue has had a long career: actor, director, theater arts teacher, and from 1985 through 2016 he taught movement and voice classes to People with Parkinson's.

Many of our members have been his students. His book,
"Parkinson's Disease and the Art of Moving" and his videos are readily available.

John was teaching three classes each week until last December when he decided to retire. His students miss him and he misses his students.

PD Active is very honored to welcome John to the Board. He will bring a unique perspective and enormous experience. 

Please welcome John!
PD Active Continues To Give Seed Assistance to PWR! ® and Chair Yoga Classes
PD Active will continue to give seed funding to the two classes Murthy Jarugumilli (pictured here) teaches at the Yoga Room in Berkeley: PWR!(Parkinson Wellness Recovery) movement class and Chair Yoga. It is a goal of PD Active to give modest support to help establish new classes or activities.

PWR! has been met with enthusiasm and the Chair Yoga class, for those who prefer not to get down on the floor, is developing as more people learn about it. Both classes are fee based.

In addition to paying for the studio space for both classes, PD Active has set aside funds to train another instructor for the PWR! class to assist Murthy so that the program can accommodate more people.
If you want to try PWR! ®   or Chair Yoga please contact Murthy at

PWR! ® meets on Tuesday 11:15-12:30pm 
Chair Yoga meet on Tuesday 1:00-2:00pm
The Yoga Room, 2530 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley 
Rock Steady Boxing Albany 
Rock Steady Boxing East Bay will now be known as Rock Steady Boxing Albany

We are pleased to advise that because the program in Albany has grown successfully, there has been a decision to create a separate Rock Steady Boxing affiliate for the Albany location.

Daniel Burkhardt, who is the lead coach, owns and will run the affiliate. There will be no changes in the program.

Kathy Ginocchio-Hill, who has been volunteering and assisting Daniel since the Albany location was opened, has just been certified to be a coach.

To explore the Rock Steady Boxing Albany program you are always welcome to observe the class that meets 3 days a week.

Daniel Burkhardt 925-471-5432
Thank You To Our Donors
Dorian Bartley in honor of Stanley Lubman
Bruce Gorman
Ira Hirschfield
Ben Hong & Annette Floystrup
Rebecca Janski in honor of Paul Hathaway
Michael McGrath
Linda Newman-Buckle in honor of Deborah Putman
Katherine Shea
Ellen Strong
Lana Wilson
How To Donate
PD Active is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible.

We rely on you, our generous PD Active members, and your friends and families, for our core financial support. It's easier than ever to help.
  • To donate by credit card: please click here
  • To donate by postal mail:  
     PD Active, P.O. Box 9246, Berkeley, CA 94709
  • To donate by PayPal: please click here
  • 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

Contact Judith at   or call   510-479-6119
Calendar for September 2017
Save the dates: 
        Saturday, September 9th for the Fall Forum.
       Sunday, September 24th for the Picnic in the Park.

PD Active Activities, Descriptions & Locations

Local Classes for People with PD| 510-479-6119
PD Active P.O. Box 9246 Berkeley, CA 94709