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  • 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
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • 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
  • 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

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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Foundation Gifts
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
The Cullen Foundation
Dallas Foundation
The Ellwood Foundation
Friedman-Grossman Family Foundation
George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation
The Hamill Foundation
Herman Family Foundation
Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation
Houston Endowment Inc.
Huffington Foundation
Hurlbert Family Foundation
Liatis Foundation
Parkinson Foundation of Harris County
Payne Foundation
Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation
The Charles and Betti Saunders Foundation
Strake Foundation
Isla Carroll Turner Friendship Trust

Corporate Gifts
Balance and Neurological Physical Therapy
Baylor College of Medicine
Beck Redden LLP
Belmont Village
Boeing ECF
Bryan Calvin Smith Insurance
Calpine
Chevron
Elaine Turner Designs
Enterprise Holdings
EOG Resources
ExxonMobil
Garden Terrace of Houston
Gensler
Halliburton
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead Senior Care
Houston Methodist
JPMorgan Chase
Kerrco Inc.
Kroger
Macy's/Bloomingdale's
Medtronic
Nicklos Drilling Company
Randall's
Shell Oil
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Texas Mutual Insurance Company
Thorp Petroleum
TIRR Memorial Hermann
Truist
TTI Home Health
UCB, Inc.
US World Meds
Wärtsilä

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.

Save the Date for HAPS Annual Educational Symposium on May 2nd!

2015 symposium dot brainEach year, HAPS offers a full-day educational conference bringing in knowledgeable presenters familiar with the latest in Parkinson's research and options to managing the disease. This year's Annual Educational Symposium, Beyond Shaking and Slowness: Understanding the other symptoms of Parkinson's, will take place on Saturday, May 2nd and HAPS invites you to attend. 

This educational program is free and space is limited. Registration will open on April 1st. Stay tuned to HAPS website, newsletter and social media for more details. If you have questions about the symposium, contact the HAPS office at 713-626-7114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Join HAPS in Washington, DC for the 2015 PAN Forum

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HAPS social workers invite you to join them as they travel to Washington, DC March 23-25 to participate in the Parkinson's Action Network's 2015 PAN Forum. This three-day event brings together Parkinson's disease advocates—patients, family members, caregivers, patient support organizations and health care professionals—from regions throughout the country to make a national impact. Advocates at the conference will have the opportunity to learn the latest public policy and research related to Parkinson's disease, network with others in their states and communities, and receive training to advance policy work on Capitol Hill and at home.

Learn more about the PAN Forum and register today by clicking here or by calling the HAPS office at 713-626-7114.

Parkinson's News

New information on Parkinson's: GDNF not needed by the midbrain dopamine system 03-05-2015 A key factor in the motor symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease is the gradual destruction of dopamine neurons.