A workshop, "The Good Start: Parkinson's 101," will be held March 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Southbury.

The program is specifically designed to help newly diagnosed Parkinson patients (within the last three years) and their families understand and "live well" with this condition.

The program will be offered at the Southbury Park and Recreation Center at 521 Main St.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects one in 100 people over age 60.

While the average age at onset is 60, the disease can start by age 40 in an estimated five to 10 percent of patients.

Additionally, people as young as 30 years old can also be affected.

As of yet, there is no objective test, or biomarker, widely available to diagnose Parkinson's. Therefore, the rate of misdiagnosis can be relatively high.

Estimates of the number of people living with the disease vary, but recent research indicates that at least one million people in the United States, and six million worldwide, have Parkinson's.

Refreshments and a luncheon will be provided.

For information or to register, contact Donna Diaz by e-mail at ddiaz@srhs.org.or call 877-282-7328 by March 1.