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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.

Walk With HAPS in the ABB 5K in January

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HAPS is back for the 19th consecutive year as an official Run for a Reason charity in the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon on January 17-18th. If you are not a marathon runner, you can still actively participate by joining HAPS in the ABB 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, January 17th as part of Marathon weekend!

Help us raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and show that heroes with this movement disorder can still cross the finish line. All HAPS walkers will receive a free HAPS Superhero Squad t-shirt and cape prior to the race, along with other fun giveaways. 

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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. Allison Boyle and Dr. Albert Fenoy
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 10:30 - 11:45am      
Where: Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital - Classrooms A & B
18951 Memorial North, Humble, TX 77338

Free parking and refreshments provided. 
Please contact the HAPS office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register.

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