April is national Parkinson’s Awareness Month, established by the Parkinson’s Foundation with the goal of making life better for people with the disease by increasing community awareness of Parkinson’s and working to improve care and advance research toward a cure. Each year, 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s and more than 1 million Americans are currently living with this neurodegenerative disease.

Our Health Matters session this month will focus on speech and swallowing changes that can accompany Parkinson’s. Stefanie Johnson, speech pathologist, and physical therapist Caitlin Carlson, both of UVA Health Culpeper Medical Center Therapy Services, will be the presenters and will answer questions.

Join this free session on April 19 at 11:30 am. Community members are welcome.