September 2019 Newsletter and Calendar
September Forum - Dr. Liza Ashbrook on Sleep Disorders in Parkinson's Disease
This presentation will cover common sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, restless leg syndrome, and REM sleep behavior disorder. The talk will address symptoms of these disorders, how often they are seen in Parkinson's disease, how they are diagnosed, and how they are treated.

Dr. Liza Ashbrook is a UCSF neurologist, sleep physician, and faculty member. She grew up in the Boston area, went to college at Wesleyan University, and completed medical school and neurology residency at UCSF. Dr. Ashbrook also completed a sleep medicine fellowship at Stanford. She currently sees sleep medicine and general neurology patients and is the program director for the UCSF sleep medicine fellowship. Dr. Ashbrook is involved in research in the genetics of extreme early birds and short sleepers.
Date : Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time : 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ​
1924 Cedar Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Trouble registering? Contact us at or (510) 479-6119.
October 6, Annual PD Active Picnic
You are in luck because it's picnic time. For those who attend each year and for those who have never been, it is a unique opportunity to meet old friends and meet new ones. The gathering is a potluck so bring a dish to share or something for the grill. Some people also like to bring a lightweight chair with a back. We look forward to seeing you and have ordered up perfect weather.
We'll provide all the tableware, beverages, condiments. Join us for this premier PD Active social gathering. Family, friends -- everyone is welcome.

Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. ​
LocationLive Oak Park, Picnic Area #2 in Berkeley, enter at 1245 Walnut Street across from the main park
PD Active Monthly Calendar

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

Save the Dates
Forum with Dr. Liza Ashbrook on 9/14/2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Picnic on 10/6/2019 at 12:30 p.m.
Forum with Dr. Chad Christine on 11/9/2019 at 10:30 a.m.
Forum with Angela Rusher, PT on 1/11/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Forum with Neurobiologist David Presti on 4/18/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
In The News
Dr. Chad Christine Returning to Forum this November
UCSF Neurologist Dr. Chad Christine has always been an informative and engaging speaker and we are delighted that he has agreed to address our community again at our upcoming November Forum. The subject of clinical trials is one that has been frequently requested. His talk title is, "A Primer on Clinical Trials to Advance Parkinson's Disease Treatment."
Facebook Birthday Fundraiser Honors Patricia Needle
We were surprised and pleased to learn that a friend of Patricia Needle's brother, David Needle, created a birthday fundraiser on Facebook that raised funds for PD Active. Posted by Marie Domingo, 39 people donated via Facebook. PD Active is grateful to Marie for her kindness and we wish to thank all of the other donors who showed their generosity and support to celebrate Marie's birthday, as well as to help memorialize Patricia Needle's life. Here is what Marie posted:

"For my birthday this year, I'm asking for donations to PD Active. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal."

We continue to be touched by the outpouring of love and appreciation for Patricia.
Community Updates
New to PD? Request a Mentor.
The PD Active Mentoring Program is a volunteer peer-mentoring program in the East Bay. The program directors link recently diagnosed people (and care partners) with a trained volunteer mentor, who has a few years of experience with PD, to help better meet the challenges of the disease. Being a mentor involves a commitment to have three conversations with a newcomer over about three months.

If you are recently diagnosed and interested in participating or were diagnosed a few years ago or more and interested in becoming a mentor, please review the  Mentoring Program Newcomer Guide for program details and to sign-up.

*Photo: John Argue, Mentoring Program Coordinator and PD Active Board Member
On the Move: A Free Wellness Program for People with Parkinson’s
Samuel Merritt University (SMU) still has a few spots open in the upcoming free 8-week class, On the Move: A Wellness Program for People with Parkinson’s. This program is open to people of all levels and abilities. Family and care partners are also welcome. The program will be taught by SMU faculty and students from the Department of Physical Therapy.
Date: Fridays starting October 4, 2019
Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m. ​
Details and Registration: Jason Hardage, PT, DPT, DScPT, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at 510-879-9200, ext. 7343
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 and number 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.

Thank you, Donors
Dave Alport
Rob Andrews & Julie Azevedo
Andrea Behr & Stephen Murphy
Liz Block
Louis Blumberg & Ellen Friedman
Susan Blumstein
Lois Brown
Warren & Sharon Brunetti
Joanne & Brett Chun
Philip Cohen
David & Kathryn Connell
Lucrecia Coomber
Jorge & Deborah Del Mazo
Gloria Delgado
Roberta Evans
Carol Fisher
Patsy & Burch Fitzpatrick
Gary Sue Goodman & Jack
Bruce & Judy Gorman
Erik & Priscilla Green
Paul Groth
Susan & Charlie Halpern
Vincent Harrington
Lawrence Hayden & Valerie Mitchell
Ben Hong & Annette Floystrup
Elsa Johnson
Kate Johnson
George Keenen & Susan Carrithers
Robb Lazarus & Yong Bai
Amy Liss
Joan Lovett & John Harris
Susan Lum & Richard Hom
Martine & Joseph Makower
Malcom Margolin
Michael & Barbara McGrath
Phil Miller
Todd Morrish
Bob & Susan Moss
Stan & Pauline Moy
Mudita Nisker
Patricia & Robert Raburn
Derek & Janice Ransley
Janelle & Gerald Reinelt
Jerry Richardson
Ronald Rioux
Barbara & Sherman Robinson
Gary Semans & Terry Kulka
Ellen Shaffer & Joseph Brenner
Annette & Irwin Shapiro
Sandra Simon
Sylvia Singer & Yoram Litwin
Darlene & Richard Smith
Richard Stevens
Vern & Tina Stewart
Ellen Strong
Jane Summer
Chris & Annalisa Tay
Hope & Lee Tollefsrud
Ann Van Steenberg & Fred
Lana Wilson
Evie & Gordon Wozniak
Malcom Burnstein & Catherine Trimbur in memory of Ann Chandler & Mary Rabkin
Jerry Derblich & Alexis Milea in memory of Carl Buchin
Meris Emory & Liz Shepherd in memory of Father of Meris Emory
Anita Ettinger in honor of Eva Yarmo
Dale Freeman in memory of Joel Marsh
Larry Gibbs & Margaret Corrigan in honor of Judith & Stanley Lubman
George Hale in honor of Deborah Putnam
William Heinz in honor of Herb Heinz
Richelle Jacobs in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Marjorie & Ted Keeler in honor of Frances Tobriner
Fred & Roslyn Kleinsinger in memory of Larry Sirott
Janet & Lawrence Klusza in honor of Lee Shapiro
Arthur Kuhn & Carol Van Steenberg in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Anne-Marie Miller in honor of Jennifer Peale
Carla Perissinotto in memory of Marcia Trusler
Ann Rapp in memory of John Hammerman
Lynne Rodgriguez in honor of Grace Grafton
Michael Rosenberg in memory of Daniel P. Rosenberg
Greg & Selina Wajnowski in honor of Stanley Lubman
Gifts in Memory of Patricia Needle
Gary Lea & Joseph Kelley
Facebook Fundraiser organized by Marie Domingo
How to Donate
PD Active is a 501(c)(3) so contributions are tax-deductible. Tax ID: 26-3302461
Up Your Impact, Give Monthly
Contact us to set-up up a monthly, recurring donation to PD Active. It's easy to do, and secure. We would be happy to tell you more and walk you through the process. You can set-up a recurring gift for any amount and every contribution is meaningful. Email us at or call at (510) 479-6119.
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 1/ 2 you are eligible to use your RMD to make tax-free donations to qualified charitable organizations. No gift is too small, so please keep us in mind when evaluating your IRA.

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
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