Managing Parkinson’s Disease, a free program designed to help people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, their families and friends, their health care providers and caregivers with information and support to better understand and manage the illness, will take place Friday, April 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Hutchinson Center.

The program will be presented by William Stamey, M.D. a movement disorder specialist from Maine Centers for Healthcare; Lillian Scenna, LSW, from the Parkinson’s Information and Referral Center at MaineHealth; and Erica Ricker, MA, CCC-SLP, of the Voice and Swallowing Center of Waldo County General Hospital, who is nationally certified in LVST, a scientific treatment for voice disorder of Parkinson’s disease. In partnership with Waldo County General Hospital, the program will help people learn more about Parkinson’s Disease and the latest available treatments, research and resources.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects more than 1.5 million people nationally, including some 7,000 people in Maine. Symptoms include spontaneous movements, difficulty walking, speaking and swallowing, shaking, slow or uncontrolled facial expressions, rigidity and tremors. Although research is being done, the cause is still unknown and there is no cure.