By & for those affected by Parkinson’s disease
October 2021
From The Board
Good News. We’re meeting up in-person!

With much of our community vaccinated and an opportunity to meet outdoors, the PD Active Board agreed it is a good time to answer your requests for a "real" gathering. On Sunday, Oct 3 at 1:00pm we will host the Annual PD Active Picnic at Live Oak Park. PD Active will provide beverages. This year, to abide by regulations, we will not have a potluck and instead we are suggesting you bring your own lunch. We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Save the Date
Annual Picnic
Enjoy great Company * Connect with old friends * Meet new members!
Date: October 3, 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: Live Oak Park, Picnic Area #2
1301 Shattuck Ave. at Berryman, Berkeley
Entry on Walnut Street side recommended

Family and friends are welcome.

More information is here.
October Virtual Speaker Forum:
Exercise is Medicine

Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Speaker: Dr. Nijee Luthra, Neurologist at UCSF

Dr. Luthra is a neurologist at UCSF Health who cares for patients with Parkinson's disease, tremors, dystonia (a movement disorder that causes uncontrollable muscle contractions), ataxia (a nervous system disorder that causes loss of coordination and slurred speech) and other movement disorders. She specializes in diagnosing these conditions and managing them using lifestyle changes, medications and botulinum toxin (Botox) injections. Additionally, Dr. Luthra uses surgical therapies, such as deep brain stimulation.

One of Dr. Luthra's research interests is in finding better treatments for Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders, including exercise.

Dr. Luthra is currently conducting a Phase 3 clinical research study on exercise and PD. Go here to see if you qualify, whom to contact with questions and for enrollment.
Dr. Nijee Luthra

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
Pickleball is Back!

When: Beginning October 21
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 2pm

Where: Pickleball Courts @ Bushrod Park
560 59th Street, Oakland CA

Pickleball is fun, easy to learn and great for PD. There will be play at all levels and all for fun. Beginners can learn on a beginner court. No experience necessary.
Equipment is available for those who don’t have their own.
This is not an instructor-led class, but there will be plenty of friendly PwP to help out any beginners.

Spouses/partners are always welcome.


For more information contact

Check out the PD Active Monthly Calendar for listings of upcoming live-stream movement classes such as Tai Chi, Pilates, boxing, yoga and voice. 

For more information, contact
Community Update
Annual PANC Conference Saturday, October 23

The Parkinson’s Association of Northern California, PANC, will hold its annual conference on Saturday, October 23 from 8:30am  3:00pm. This year the conference will be held virtually as well as in person at the Roebbelen Center, Placer County Fairgrounds, Roseville, CA.

More information is available here.
Thank you to our Recent Donors

Greg Howe
Mike Gabel and Amy Scheinbaum  
Sandra and Ray Ponce

Daniel Jarmel – in memory of Lee Shapiro  
Jeanine Jensen – in memory of Ann Van Steenberg
Judith and Stanley Lubman – in memory of Tim Gordon
Judith and Stanley Lubman – in memory of Bob Ellis
Race Rugh – in memory of Peter Rugh