Plan Ahead: Saturday, November 11th - Fall Forum
The Time For The Annual Appeal Has Come.
The Time Is Now.
Forum: Kathleen Parafinczuk, PT
Topic: Exercise as Medicine - The Role of Rehabilitation Professionals in Helping to Treat Parkinson's Disease 

Saturday, November 11, 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
Kat​hleen​ Parafinczuk​ is a Physical Therapist (PT) who specializes in neurological physical therapy.

Kathleen, PT, DPT, NCS graduated with a B.S. in biology from Emory University in 2007, and received a DPT degree (three-year doctorate) from Arcadia University in 2011. She is​ a senior therapist on the rehabilitation team at Kaiser Permanente in Redwood City​​ where she has ​ completed ​a residency to become a clinical specialist in neurology (NCS). She continues working as a faculty member and clinical mentor within the residency program.

As a member of the Kaiser Parkinson Disease Network she teaches an on-going education and exercise class to patients with Parkinson’s disease. In 2015 she was selected as a neurological clinical leader to work on Kaiser’s Re-Design Team establishing region-wide practice protocols for neurological therapists in the outpatient setting. 

In 2016 she co-designed a balance and fall prevention curriculum for the Evidence In Motion continuing education program. Her volunteer work​ ​ includes teaching a weekly PWR!Moves​® Group class for those with Parkinson’s Disease at the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center​.
She became a member of the America​re Neurosurgery International (AMCANI) volunteer group in 2013, and traveled to Vietnam on two mission trips where she gave presentations and clinical guidance on early mobility ​after injury or trauma ​​for neurosurgical patients​. In 2015 she became a member of the AMCANI Board of D​irectors.  
Special Read

By Gary Sue Goodman

Unless you decide to voluntarily relinquish your drivers' license, the next time you apply for a renewal, you will need to choose whether or not to report your PD diagnosis.  As you consider what to do, some experiences of other people with Parkinson's may help to clarify the DMV's approach, their processes of evaluating people's driving safety, and your options for handling the dilemma.  
Facing this dilemma, Gary Sue Goodman envisioned PD Active having a site where people could share information and experiences on dealing with bureaucracies. A member of PD Active, Gary was diagnosed with PD in December 2014, shortly after she retired from teaching writing at the University of California, Davis. 

Click Here  to read and comment on Gary's article written for the PD Active Newsletter.
If you wish to add your own DMV renewal story to the collection of people's experiences that will be posted on the PD Active website, please send it as a Word attachment to .
In The News
PD Active Debuts on TV

KTUV Channel 2, Christine Wong features
PD Active & Rock Steady Boxing ® Albany

Click HERE to watch the video
A Sunday Picnic In The Park
The weather was perfect, the food was delicious: from grilled meats to ice cream and a pot luck table that overflowed with fresh fruits and vegetables.

A bubble machine made sure to keep people on their toes. Everyone behaved, everyone said it was a wonderful afternoon. There was a great turnout providing the opportunity to meet old friends and meet new ones.​

We all must thank Donna Mickelson for her superb organizing and also thank her band of volunteers who made it all look so easy –don’t be fooled—it takes work to pull off a flawless event.
Noteworthy News

  • Gary Turchin Announces a New Program 
A reconstituted version of "The Bard & The Balladeer", featuring singer/songwriter Ken Risling, Gary and singer/songwriter Kress Cole ("A local queer femme 26-time award winning songstress") plus guest performers. 
​Saturday, ​ November 18th @ 7:30pm The Monkey House,
1638 University Ave., Berkeley 94703
Tickets: $10-$20 sliding scale. 
T​his program will be a benefit for dNaga Dance for PD Program ® .
Thank You To Our Donors
Wendy Bomberg in appreciation of Care Partners Support Group and Joyce Sakai, facilitator
Gretchen Greene
Carol & Ron Hofmann
Ann Van Steenberg

Namaste Yoga SEVA Mat Rental award
How To Donate To The Annual Appeal
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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.
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