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

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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Why Give to HAPS?

Since 1974, Houston Area Parkinson Society has been serving the needs of families living with Parkinson’s. Established as the first-known independent support group in the U.S. specifically for Parkinson’s disease in what is now the fourth largest city in the nation with a current population of approximately 6 million people, HAPS is the only social service agency that provides comprehensive services which addresses the medical, physical and emotional issues that accompany Parkinson’s in the greater Houston area.

A small staff of four and twenty contract therapists in multiple disciplines provide 138 water, exercise, speech and music therapy sessions a month under the supervision of licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists along with tai chi, dance, singing and tango. And under the supervision of licensed master’s level social workers, HAPS provides numerous support groups, including monthly Caregiver groups, monthly Patient groups, a monthly Newly Diagnosed group, a monthly Crossroads group and a bi-monthly Young Onset group totaling 1,700 sessions offered free of charge to participants in a wide geographic area in 24 locations throughout metropolitan Houston.

Last year, the HAPS intake and referral lines received between 200 and 250 calls per month. Most of those are were requests for information but, at any given time, the HAPS social workers handle 25 – 30 ongoing individual cases needing multiple calls and/or home visits for multiple services. Through collaboration with the American Red Cross we provided an average of 130 van rides per month to an average of 20 riders a month. Last year, 9 clients received services through our subsidized respite care program providing, on average, over 170 hours of respite care per month.

Your gift helps HAPS succeed in its mission: to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease through services, education and advocacy.

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

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April has been officially recognized as Parkinson's Awareness Month by the U.S. Senate. During this month, we come together not only to reach out to family, friends and the general public to help them better understand what it mean to live with Parkinson's, but to continue to advocate for ongoing support of research aimed at advancing treatment, improving quality of life and finding a cure.

As HAPS celebrates 40 years of raising awareness and serving the community, we ask that you join us in spreading the word about Parkinson's. Get involved in the many activities being held worldwide as we work together to raise global consciousness of Parkinson's. For more information about how you can participate in Parkinson's Awareness Month, please email HAPS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HAPS Annual Educational Symposium

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HAPS invites you to attend the 2014 Annual Educational Symposium, Innovations in Parkinson's Disease: Past, Present & Future, on Saturday, May 10th. This full-day conference will feature local experts and national speakers on Parkinson's to provide a history on the disease and examine treatments of today and the future. This event is free of charge and will include breakfast and lunch. 

For information about this conference, click here.

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