By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
February 2021
From The Board
Gratitude and Good News!
Thanks to you, the PD Active Annual Appeal finished on time and on target.  More than 280 dedicated members contributed this year and an unusually large number took this as an opportunity to honor or remember someone special. Your thoughtful tributes and generous support will allow us to continue online programs and to reintroduce face-to-face offerings as soon as it is safe to do so.  Good News indeed! 

Save the Date
February Round Table
Dying with Dignity

Date: Tuesday, February 9
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm

Ask the Experts Round Table by PD Active
Join panelists Sue Moss (PDA member), Thalia DeWolf (RN) and Janet Thompson (Senior Living Counselor)

This will be a free-flowing conversation: Our panelists will share their views, information and experiences. Attendees are free to ask or submit questions on the topic. The session will be hosted and moderated by PD Active.
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.
Classes & Programs
The January 9 Speaker Forum “Nutrition, Neuroscience and Parkinson’s” with presenter Dr. Laurie Mischley was extremely well attended (287 participants!) and packed with great information.

It was one of the most relevant webinars that I have ever watched since being diagnosed with PD almost 6 years ago”. —Bonnie S.

Listen to the recording here.
New Voice Class
Wednesdays at 12:00pm

PD Active now offers a weekly Voice Workshop class. The class includes vocal exercises, cognitive challenges and camaraderie. It is led by Sarah Talach, a speech pathologist based in Walnut Creek. The ongoing group classes provide a fun and safe venue to exercise the voice and be motivated by each other. Sarah also teaches classes for the Parkinson Network of Mt. Diablo (PNMD). First-timers and regulars are welcome to join the class at any time.

The fees are $15/class or $40/month for 4 classes. Students will not be turned away for lack of funds. Register in advance here.
Community Update
Mild/Moderate Care Partner Support Group

This support group addresses the needs of those who are the partners of someone with mild to moderate symptoms. All care partners are welcome. Beginning in February, the group will meet twice a month.

Meeting Times
2nd Wednesday of the month 3:00pm – 5:00pm facilitated by Ros Kleinsinger, LCSW (retd)
4th Wednesday of the month 3:00pm – 5:00pm self-facilitated by group members

Our next meetings are on February 10th and February 24th.
These meetings will be held over Zoom, and all members of the group will be sent a Zoom link before the meeting. Pre-registration is required when attending for the first time.
Email or call (510) 479-6119 to register.
PD Active Member Wins 1st Prize in Indie Book Awards

Through a Broken Window by Gary Turchin,, was recently awarded first prize in the 2020 Best Indie Book Awards— mainstream literary novel category. The book was written over 5 years, between the 10th and 15th year after Gary’s PD diagnosis. Gary wrote, “No one should assume a diagnosis is the end of one’s creative journey”.

Gary has been associated with PD Active since 2012. Gary served as Secretary on the PD Active board and was an editor of and contributor to the monthly newsletters.

The book is available on Amazon.
On Line Tap Workshop Presented by Dance for PD®
Tune in Live or On Demand

Live: Tuesday mornings 11:00am-12:15pm (EST)  February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9
On Demand: Available through March 16th

With founding Dance for PD® teacher Misty Owens

Members of Dance for PD® $60, non-members $72
Members receive a discount on workshop enrollment fees and early bird registration access. Apply promo code DFPDMEMBER to take advantage of the discount offer!

Click here to register.
Thank you to our Recent Donors
Jane Levin
Louise Miller and David Peterson
Suzanne Mounts
Howard and Ellen Rosenberg
Jane Summer
Gity and Robert Tabrizchi-Baxter
Jerry Falk
Mary Lou Fox-Hanson
Molly and Harrison Fraker
Michelle Johnston
Judith Justice
Mary Jane Lawhon
Donated In Honor Of

Kim Bancroft - in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Daymon Beach - in honor of Hope Tollefsrud
Lee Bevis - in honor of Suzanne Calpestri
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri - in honor of Judi Ettlinger
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri - in honor of Brooke Deputy
Linda Morse and Timothy Caulfield - in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Penelope Chase - in honor of Sarah Chase Hardesty
George and Sheri Clyde - in honor of Judith and Stanley Lubman
Geoffrey Darby - in honor of Karen B. Garrison
Catherine and David Diepenbrock - in honor of Adam Mizock
Suzanne Drolet - in honor of Marilynn Drolet
Daniel Ettlinger - in honor of Judi Ettlinger
Petra Fibrichova - in honor of “All members of PD Active community”
Mary and Stan Friedman - in honor of Judith and Stanley Lubman
Neil Goldstein - in honor of Greg and Ann Wasson
David Goldstein - in honor of Michelle Shoshani
Debra Hanavan - in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Marjorie Hilsenrad - in honor of Judy Huerta
Rebecca Janski - in honor of Paul Hathaway
Maria and Tu Jarvis - in honor of Paula Blasier
Murthy Jarugumilli & Veena Achar - in honor of “Our dear friends and teachers working in the PD community”
Rise Justman - in honor of Elise Prowse
Amy Kaminer - in honor of Karen B. Garrison
Allen and Hannah King - in honor of Adam Mizock
Carol Kusmierski - in honor of Eva Yarmo
Benjamin Lerman and Judith Hahn - in honor of Adam Mizock
Theodore Levin and Rona Bar-Din - in honor of Adam Mizock
Sarah Lubman - in honor of Stanley Lubman
Susan Marinoff and Tom Schrag - in honor of Eva Yarmo
Bonnie Mizock - in honor of Adam Mizock
Julianna Moniz - in honor of Cathy Ball
Paula Morgan - in honor of Sharon Morgan
Jane Okuma and Chris Gordon - in honor of Tim Gordon & Donna Mickleson
Nancy Park - in honor of Lauren Livingston
Barbara Phillips - in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Sarah and Jeffrey Robinson - in honor of Peter Rugh
Wes Sokolosky and Evvy Eisen - in honor of Stanley and Judith Lubman
Robert Stein and Jessica Pers - in honor of Stanley Lubman
Andrew Stoloff - in honor of Adam Mizock
The Peleh Fund - in honor of Adam Mizock
William and Jane Wittmann - in honor of Tim Gordon & Donna Mickleson
Donated In Memory Of

Harriet Charney - in memory of Larry Sirott
Mike Gabel and Amy Scheinbaum - in memory of Laura Gabel
Gregory Gelfan and Lucy Butler - in memory of Lee Shapiro
Jack Gordon - in memory of Lee Shapiro
Phyllis Hoffman and Charlotte McCaffrey - in memory of Ann Chandler
Daniel Jarmel - in memory of Lee Shapiro
Judith and Stanley Lubman - in memory of Fred Sondheimer
Judith and Stanley Lubman - in memory of Michael Ballachey
Susan Moss - in memory of Robert "Bob" Moss
Mudita Nisker - in memory of Ruth Anne Grove
Randy Schekman - in memory of Nancy Walls
Benjamin and Jane Simon - in memory of Lee Shapiro
Gifts via Facebook and Go Fund Me to the Annual Appeal in honor of Adam Mizock

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