By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
November 2020
From The Board
A Time for Thanks and Giving
We are gratified by the many messages we’ve received telling us how much you appreciate PD Active’s virtual classes, programs and events. Many people, many hours and a lot of goodwill are responsible for this successful transformation.
Instructors, volunteers, Board members and staff have all stepped up to create the new expanded PD Active which features more classes, additional support group sessions and new events.  We are thankful for the extraordinary talent, goodwill and generosity within our community that made this possible.  

If you have not had a chance to say “thank you” with a donation to the Annual Appeal, it’s not too late.
Save the Date
November FORUM:
Surgical Options for PD: DBS and Beyond
A Look at Pain and Pain Management

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Dr. Jaimie Henderson will speak to the PD Active community on "Surgical Options for PD: DBS and Beyond". He will also speak to the topic of Chronic Pain and Pain Management.

Dr. Henderson is a Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology at the Stanford University Medical Center. His clinical focuses are Functional Neurosurgery, Movement Disorders, Epilepsy, Neurological Surgery, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Deep Brain Stimulation, Neuromodulation

PD Active depends on donations to bring programs like this to our members free of charge. We remain grateful for your contributions.

Dr. Jaimie Henderson
You should receive a confirmation e-mail after registering. Contact us
(510) 479-6119 if you need assistance.

Round Table: Exercise and Motivation During COVID; 12/8/2020 - 4pm to 5:30pm
Claire MacLean (Rogue Online PT); Nate Coomer (Daily Dose PD)

Forum: The Nutrition and Neuroscience of PD; 1/9/2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Dr. Laurie Mischely

Classes & Programs
October Forum Recording Available
Cannabis and the Treatment of PD
On Saturday, October 10th, Dr. David Presti (UCB Department of Molecular and Cell Biology) gave a very interesting talk on Cannabis and the Treatment of PD. Over 130 PD Active members tuned in. A recording of that session can be found here on the PD Active YouTube channel.
Our Speaker Forums Webinars have been well received, so if you haven't attended one yet, register for the next one on November 14!
New Support Group
Adult Children of People with Parkinson's Meeting 

This is a group meant to bring together community for adult children of people with Parkinson's Disease. This group provides a space to learn more about PD, discuss ways of supporting parents with PD, and offer support in navigating its challenges. The group typically meets by Zoom on the last Monday of the month at 6:30pm.

Contact Laura at if you are interested in joining.

PD Active Online Video Archive
Have you missed some of our live Zoom classes? You can now watch them anytime on PD Active's YouTube channel.
Recent Speaker Forum Webinars and Round Tables are available here as well.
For more information, contact
Community Update

This virtual, online event presented by the Parkinson’s Foundation takes place on November 13, 2020 from 10am to 12 noon. It's free to attend and is open to people with Parkinson’s, caregivers, families, supporters and healthcare providers looking to learn more.
Program participants will learn about new research studies in Parkinson’s and can attend talks from Dr. Caroline Tanner, researcher and movement disorder specialist at UCSF and Dr. Mark Sedrak, researcher and neurosurgeon at Kaiser Permanente.

To register for this event, click here.
Opportunity to Join Remote Research Study at UC San Francisco
Dr. Caroline Tanner, MD PhD is recruiting for a new, completely remote, home-based clinical trial led by a team of Parkinson’s experts at UCSF in partnership with researchers from across the country. The goal of the study is to help people with Parkinson’s disease reduce the risk of hip fractures.

TOPAZ (Trial of Parkinson’s and Zoledronic Acid) will test if zoledronic acid, an FDA-approved medication for osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) can prevent fractures in people with Parkinson’s disease. To be eligible, individuals must have Parkinson’s disease and be at least 65 years of age.

If you have any questions, please visit our study website or email, or call us directly at (415) 317-5748.
PD Active is on Facebook! 
We would love to connect with you so check out our Facebook page and share it with a friend. 

You can also become a member of the PD Active Community Group here. The Community Group is free and is intended to provide an online forum available to members only for lively, timely and thoughtful discussions.
Thank you to our Recent Donors
  • Cheryl Armstrong
  • Lance and Erica Batten
  • Andrea Behr and Stephen Murphy
  • Mary Behrendt
  • David Berks
  • Susan and David Brody
  • Lois Brown
  • Bruce Bowen and Junona Jonas
  • Warren and Sharon Brunetti
  • Christine and Steven Carr
  • Gloria Delgado
  • Brooke Deputy
  • Jerry Derblich and Alexis Milea
  • Meris Emory and Liz Shepherd in memory of Rachel Emory
  • Judi Ettlinger and Carl Gardeman 
  • Marjorie and Richard Ettlinger in honor of Judi Ettlinger
  • Steve Ettlinger in honor of Judi Ettlinger
  • Carol Fisher in memory of Toby Simon
  • Ellen Furnari in honor of Judi Ettlinger
  • Gary Sue Goodman and Jack Appleyard  
  • Gretchen Greene 
  • Stacy Hall 
  • Eugene and Marianne Haller 
  • Kerrie and Mark Halmi 
  • Vincent Harrington 
  • Keiko and Claude Hess 
  • Catharine Hiersoux 
  • George and Candace Hisert 
  • Ben Hong and Annette Floystrup 
  • Elsa Johnson 
  • Sandra Kan-Quiros in memory of Jose Kan-Quiros
  • Marjorie and Ted Keeler 
  • George Keenen and Susan Carrithers 
  • Linda Kelly 
  • Fred and Roslyn Kleinsinger 
  • Janet and Robert Kohne 
  • Herb and Gina Kutchins
  • Robb Lazarus and Yong Bai 
  • Alan Lazare  
  • Clyde Leland and Lorraine Lerman in honor of Tim Gordon
  • Sheila Lichtman 
  • Amy Liss 
  • Baujen Liu 
  • Judith & Stanley Lubman in memory of Lee Shapiro
  • Tommie Mayfield in memory of Mary King
  • Michael and Barbara McGrath 
  • Phil Miller 
  • Adam Mizock 
  • Boonie Mizock in honor of Adam Mizock 
  • Tamara Morrish 
  • Robin Okinishi 
  • Michael Passoff 
  • Diana Penney and David Wellman 
  • Carla Perissinotto, M.D.  
  • Abdalla and Susan Rifai 
  • Barbara and Sherman Robinson 
  • Lynne Rodgriguez in honor of Grace Grafton
  • Gary Semans and Terry Kulka 
  • Annette and Irwin Shapiro 
  • Ralph Silber 
  • Sandra Simon in memory of Lee Shapiro
  • Justin Simon, M.D. 
  • Ellen Singer-Vine and Ed Vine in honor of John Vine, Suzanne Calpestri, Anne Boyder
  • Dorothy Solinger and Tom Bernstein
  • Deirdre Sproul  
  • Susan Stein-Black and John Black 
  • Richard Stevens 
  • Vern and Tina Stewart 
  • Ellen Strong 
  • Masahiko and Hsiang-Lan Takahashi 
  • Chris and Annalisa Tay 
  • Hope and Lee Tollefsrud