January 2020 Newsletter and Calendar
We wish you a happy start for the new decade and a Happy New Year.  Please know that there is still time for you to help us realize our funding goal by  making your gift  here
Letter from our Board President
As we welcome the new decade, PD Active is positioned for growth and thankfully so, because our community is expanding. Not a week goes by in which we do not add new members who bring new energy and ideas to our community. 

We are largely supported by volunteers. If you would like to contribute your time and talent to PD Active, let us know by mailing info@pdactive.org. You can be an essential part of what we accomplish together. I find it very rewarding and hope you will too. Best wishes for the New Year!  
Chad Zucker
January Forum: Your PD Coach - Redefining the Relationship with your Physical Therapist
This talk will review the role of physical therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease and how to redefine the relationship with your physical therapist into the role of a health and exercise coach. Your physical therapist presenters, Angela Rusher of Kaiser and Samuel Merritt and Jason Hardage of Samuel Merritt, will address specific functional mobility concerns related to people with Parkinson’s, including balance systems, fall prevention, evidence-based exercise principles, and specific recommendations for a targeted exercise and wellness program.
Date : Saturday, January 11, 2020
Time : 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ​
1606 Bonita Ave. at Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us at info@pdactive.org or (510) 479-6119 if you need assistance.
February    Annual   Mini-Info Fair and Dessert Party
This is a chance to socialize with others affected by PD while enjoying delicious desserts and learning about opportunities available to all of us in the Parkinson's Community. We hope to see you at this sweet event! More details in the February Newsletter. No RSVP needed. 
For information: info@pdactive.org or (510) 479-6119

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2020
Time: 2:30p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
1606 Bonita Ave. at Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709
PD Active Monthly Calendar

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

Save the Dates
Forum with Angela Rusher, PT and Jason Hardage, PT on 1/11/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Mini-Info Fair and Dessert Party on 2/8/2020 at 2:30 p.m.
Forum with Neurobiologist David Presti on 4/18/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
Annual Town Hall on 6/13/2020 at 10:30 a.m.
In The News
PD Active is searching for a Program Director
PD Active has started a search for a full time Program Director who can help us keep our ever-growing programs running and also help us achieve our goals. Do you know anyone who might be interested in the position?
Click here for the job description.
Our part-time Executive Director, Areca Smit, has left PD Active to pursue other interests. We appreciate all her efforts on behalf of PD Active during the time she was with us. 
UCSF Micro-PD Study
Dr. Ethan Brown of UCSF is still actively recruiting for an investigator initiated Gut Microbiome trial for people with Parkinson’s disease who experience motor fluctuation greater than 2.5 hours.  

  This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial examining the effect of an antibiotic on the clinical symptoms and medication efficacy in patients with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease experiencing medication fluctuations with levodopa. In other words, patients who are currently taking levodopa but still have prolong periods of off time greater than 2.5 hours in a day total. Approximately 86 patients will be randomized in a 1:1 manner between the antibiotic and placebo. The primary outcome will be change in motor fluctuations, and secondary outcomes include the population and metabolic signatures of the microbiome, non-motor scales, and serum inflammatory markers.

For more information contact Danilo Romero email:  danilo.romero@ucsf.edu  or phone: 415-353-8328
Community Updates
Living with Parkinson's:  The Wolf Does D.B.S. 
(Deep Brain Stimulation) by Josh Gallup & Friends
5th Annual Musical Theater performance about living with Parkinson's Disease
Featuring: Michael Baefsky, Josh Gallup, Nate Gallup, Steve Godbe, Clayton Knight, Chad Manning, Jasper Manning, Harry Robertson.
This is a Team Fox Event to benefit The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Date and Time: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6 p.m.
Location: Berkeley Unitarian Fellowship Hall
1606 Bonita Ave. at Cedar St., Berkeley, CA 94709
Tickets: Contact Josh Gallup at gallup.josh@gmail.com
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
Susan Audap  
Andrea Behr and Stephen Murphy  
Grant Bennett  
Don Bernstein in memory of Joan Bernstein
Amy Blasenheim  
Kathryn and Thanasis Bothos  
Mary Ann Brownstein and Kerry Woodward in memory of Ann Chandler
Shireen Burns in memory of Garth Burns
Suzanne and Italo Calpestri  
Robert Carloni  
Michael Clancy  
George and Sheri Clyde in honor of Judith & Stanley Lubman
Bob Crickmore and Ingrid Ellis  
Cybele D'Ambrosio  
Lane Darby in honor of Karen Garrison
Geoffrey Darby in honor of Karen B Garrison
Linda Deaktor  
Brooke Deputy  
Jerry Derblich and Alexis Milea  
Suzanne Drolet in memory of Marilyn Drolet
Suzanne Drolet in honor of P. Farley
Meris Emory and Liz Shepherd in memory of Richard Emory
Judi Ettlinger and Carl Gardeman  
Jerry and Nancy Falk  
Petra Fibrichova  
Ragnhild Fougner in honor of Kari Inglis
Ellen Furnari in honor of Judi Ettlinger
Karen Garrison and David Edelson  
Larry Gibbs and Margaret Corrigan in honor of Judith & Stanley Lubman
Neil Goldstein in honor of Greg and Ann Wasson
Gary Sue Goodman and Jack Appleyard  
William and Carol Gordon in honor of Tim Gordon & Donna Mickleson
Kenneth and Charlotte Gray 
Janet and Joe Grodin  
Paul Groth  
Mary Haan and George Kaplan in honor of PD Dance, Oakland
Susan and Charlie Halpern  
Thomas and Deborah Hanavan  
William Heinz and Monique Kane in honor of Herb Heinz
George and Candace Hisert  
Phyllis Hoffman and Charlotte McCaffrey in memory of Ann Chandler
Maria Isabel and Tu Jarvis in honor of Paula Blasier
Amy Kaminer in honor of Karen Garrison
Joanna Kao  
Fred and Roslyn Kleinsinger  
Janet and Lawrence Klusza in honor of Lee Shapiro
Janet and Robert Kohne  
Carol Kusmierski in honor of Eva Yarmo
Eric Larsen  
Robb Lazarus and Yong Bai 
Stanley Leibowitz and Paula Millman  
Bradford Lewis in honor of Adam Mizock
Wendy Lichtman in memory of Larry Sirott
Joann and Martin Lorber  
Stanley and Judith Lubman  
Robert Luhn  
Malcom Margolin  
Howard Martin and Amy Chen-Huey  
Thomas McFarland in honor of Lee J. Shapiro
Laura McNall in memory of Frieda Dilloo
Kathleen Meagher in honor of Dance for PD, Danspace
Reggy and Winnie Meeng  
Ivan and Maris Meyerson  
Susan Militante  
Phil Miller  
Todd Morrish  
Lynda Mounts in honor of Stanley Lubman
Kris Muller in memory of Coronet Galloway
Thomas Nelson  
Mudita Nisker  
ARobin Orden  
Alan Palestine in honor of Lee J. Shapiro
Barbara Phillips in honor of Ann Van Steenberg
Ray and Sandra Ponce  
Ann Rapp in memory of John Hammerman
Abdalla and Susan Rifai  
Ronald Rioux and Marianne Glaspey  
Sarah and Jeffrey Robinson in honor of Peter Rugh
Hank Sanchez-Resnik in honor of Stanley Lubman
Ray Scott Schroeder in honor of Lee Shapiro
Barbara Selman in memory of Frieda Dilloo
Gary Semans and Terry Kulka  
Annette and Irwin Shapiro  
Lee Shapiro in honor of Herb Heinz
Benjamin and Jane Simon in honor of Lee Shapiro
Ellen Singer-Vine and Ed Vine in honor of Suzanne Calpestri & Anne Boyder
Judi Sui and Bruce Bernhard  
Jane Summer  
Rebecca Tarver  
Chris and Annalisa Tay in memory of Paula Tay
The Zenith Insurance Company  
Gary Turchin  
 Joanna Uribe  
Gerald Weber  
Lana Wilson  
Diane Woloshin  
Evie and Gordon Wozniak  
Arlene Zavala  
Chad Zucker 
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  info@pdactive.org 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  development@pdactive.org   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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PD Active Support Group Information: www.pdactive.org/support-groups/
Local Classes for People with PD

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