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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray

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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Since there is no known cure for Parkinson's, physicians and individuals with Parkinson's are using medications as the primary treatment for the symptoms of the disease. Research is showing that a combination of medications and exercise therapy is the most appropriate way to treat Parkinson's. With all of the Parkinson's medications available, there are many approaches that can be used for treating PD. As the disease progresses, the medications become less effective at controlling the symptoms of the disease, making life more challenging. At this point other treatment options might be explored if appropriate. Under the care and guidance of a Movement Disorder Specialist, the inidividual with PD may choose surgical intervention, such as Deep Brain Stimulation, as the next step in treatment.

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

Scripps Florida scientists establish that drug candidates can block pathway associated with cell death in Parkinson's disease 01-29-2015 In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown their drug candidates can target biological pathways involved in the destruction...