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  • Anna
    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."
  • Jennifer
    Jennifer "I get to take my mom to dance every week. To have something fun and normal has been such a blessing to us."
  • Ellis
    Ellis "HAPS has saved my life."
  • Roger
    Roger "The continuing education about Parkinson's has made me aware of how to manage my disease."
  • Margaret
    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."

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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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.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and Partners in Parkinson's Coming to Houston

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HAPS is honored to be a local partner for The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research conference, Partners in Parkinson's, which is coming to Houston on Saturday, September 12th from 8am-3:30pm at the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is a national strategic health initiative which aims to fill in knowledge gaps, and provide new educational tools and resources for the Parkinson's community to help patients optimize their care from point of diagnosis through advanced disease.

Combining virtual and face-to-face opportunities, Partners in Parkinson's empowers patients and families to "discover the benefits of team" by connecting them with information and resources that can be crucial in developing a plan of care specific to their Parkinson's.

This event is free and open to the public - space is limited and registration is required. To register or if you would like more information, please click here.

Join HAPS Superhero Squad in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon

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HAPS Superhero Squad wants you to help us win the race against Parkinson's disease in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon taking place on January 16-17th. Back for our 20th consecutive year as an official Run for a Reason charity, HAPS is looking to beat our 2015 record-breaking year by having 300 participants with a fundraising goal of $120,000! 

We need your help as a walker, runner, fundraiser, donor or volunteer to meet our goals. 

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