VINCENNES, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and as part of their efforts to raise awareness, Good Samaritan will host a community day of education and exercise.

Attendees will be given the chance to learn more about Parkinson’s disease as well as the importance of BIG exercise and therapy and help encourage patients and families living with Parkinson’s.

Joy Uy, a physical therapist at Good Samaritan organized the event when realizing there currently isn’t a support group in Knox County for parkinson’s. “Living with Parkinson’s disease can be challenging,” said Uy. “My hope is that at this event, patients and families will learn many different things they can do to maintain and improve their quality of life.”

An estimated 1 million people in the US are living with Parkinson’s disease, and approximately 60,000 new diagnoses take place each year.

“There have been an increasing number of Parkinson’s cases in our area which has led to more families and caregivers being concerned about the progressive decline of their loved ones,” said Uy. “Our event will allow these patients to meet each other, share their stories and support one another in the future.”

The Parkinson’s Awareness Day event will be held on Saturday April 30 at First Baptist Church in Vincennes starting at 10 a.m. For questions or more information call (812) 885-3601