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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis

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.

Watch HAPS and Houston Ballet During the Dance for PD Online Livestream Event

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On Tuesday, March 3rd from 3:30-5:30pm CST, you are invited to join a free online mulit-panel discussion livestream event for the Dance for PD® program. The discussion will feature leaders, researchers and participants involved with the program at the Mark Morris Dance Group, Canada's National Ballet School and the Houston Ballet Academy. Conversations will address dance as a part of a balanced Parkinson's disease management plan, current research related to dance with PD and the impact the program is making on communities across the network. There will also be a live question and answer session available to those watching through the active chat functionality.

Schedule:
3:30pm - Live from Brooklyn - Mark Morris Dance Group's Dance for PD®
4:00pm - Live from Toronto - Canada's National Ballet School's Dance for Parkinson's 
4:30pm - Live from Houston - Houston Ballet and HAPS' Dance for Parkinson's

To watch or participate in the livestream, click here.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Kathleen Crist, LMSW at 713-626-7114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DBS Discussion Group

This quarterly program is designed for those with Parkinson's who have completed Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, are thinking about having DBS or just want to learn more about DBS as a treatment option. These sessions are presented by experts in the field of neurology and neurosurgery and provide information about the surgical procedure; how DBS works; who makes a good candidate; which Parkinson's symptoms benefit most and for how long; what to expect before and after surgery; and what defines DBS success. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to others who have either completed or are considering DBS. Presented in partnership with Medtronic.

UPCOMING PROGRAM 

Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment option for Parkinson's. This session will explore the surgical procedure, who is a good candidate, which Parkinson's symptoms benefit most and for how long, what to expect before surgery, and what defines DBS success.

Presented by:  Dr. Richard Simpson and Dr. Shahin Shirzadi
When: Saturday, March 4th
Time: 6:15 - 7:30pm   
Where: First Colony Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land 77479

Free parking and refreshments provided. To register, contact Todd Hewgley at 281-782-2937 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

EU Commission approves Xadago (safinamide) for mid-late stage Parkinson's disease patients 02-27-2015 Zambon S.p.A., an international pharmaceutical company strongly committed to the Central Nervous System (CNS) therapeutic area, and its partner Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A.