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  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • Margaret
    “Friendship is the most significant thing I have gained though my experience with HAPS. We have happy meetings and understand each other and enjoy ourselves.” Margaret
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • Anna
    “We are doing the Argentine tango, and it’s really a lot of fun. I got to learn how to turn and did a little bit of foot work, and I really, really truly enjoy that. That’s my favorite.” Anna
  • Jennifer
    “I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us.” Jennifer

Therapeutic Programs

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Exercise, speech, yoga, tai chi, music, water, dance and various support groups are available free of charge.

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Social Services

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Transportation, respite and emergency financial aid are among the many services offered.

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Education

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HAPS provides numerous programs to educate and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease.

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Support HAPS

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HAPS depends on the generosity of the community to continue to provide much needed services.

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HAPS invites you to a Valentine Milonga on Wednesday, February 11th from 11:30am - 1:00pm at the West University Community Building. This traditional Argentine Tango dance party is a great opportunity to put on your dancing shoes, try out the tango, enjoy refreshments, meet new people and have some fun. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angelica Rodriguez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 713-313-1652. 
bat logo compressHAPS  Superhero Squad led the charge during the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon on January 17-18th. Sporting bright yellow capes and superhero tees, HAPS heroes stood out amongst the pack of the thousands of participants during race weekend. In our 19th consecutive year as an official Run for a Reason charity, HAPS had nearly 200 walkers and over 40 runners hit the streets to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease. 

HAPS heroes also broke our fundraising record by surpassing the original goal of $109,000 and increased our new goal to $115,000! Don't forget - fundraising is open until February 20th, so there is still time to raise money for HAPS and make a diffence in our community.

Whether you walked, ran, fundraised, donated, volunteered or cheered from the sidelines, HAPS sincerely thanks you for being a hero and helping our fight to conquer Parkinson's disease. HAPS sends a special thanks to our Sidewalk Squad Corporate Donor, Wärtsilä. If you would like more information about race weekend, please contact Kelly Nicholls at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or 713-313-1621.

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Register for Upcoming Sessions of the Parkinson's Enrichment Program

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HAPS is currently enrolling individuals for 2015 PEP sessions which will take place in April, July and October. Each five-week session is limited to twelve participants with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, so get registered now! The program is presented at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church for four hours on a Friday over five consecutive weeks and has components of exercise, recreation, socialization, education and peer support with input from participants on content. Past sessions have included educational lectures and discussions on Creativity and Cognition, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Meditation, virtual travel, depression, and infectious disease. Exercise sessions have featured dance, singing, yoga, tango, tai chi and laughter therapy. The program also includes recreational activities like brain games, watercolor lessons and Wii, and socialization/support with peer-led discussion, professionally led support group sessions, ice breakers and lunchtime community building conversations.

Registration is required. Please contact Celeste Harris, LMSW at 713-313-1706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YOPD Breakfast Club

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Mark your calendars—the first Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Breakfast Club is just around the corner. Join others under the age of 50 who are living with Parkinson's disease during this fun, social gathering. The YOPD Breakfast Club will meet quarterly with the first event scheduled for Saturday, January 31st.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Celeste Harris, LMSW by phone at 713-313-1706 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parkinson's News

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases 01-30-2015 The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows.