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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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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.

Friday Matinee - The Astronaut's Secret


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HAPS invites you to join us on Friday, September 26th for a special Friday matinee showing of the newly released, never before seen, extended version of The Astronaut's Secret. This documentary depicts the life of HAPS Board member and astronaut Michael "Rich" Clifford and how he continued his journey through space despite his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

Showtime begins at 10:45am and doors open at 10:30 - be sure and arrive early to get a seat and snacks! This event is free and concessions will be provided. This event will be held at the American Red Cross at 2700 SW Freeway, Houston, TX. 

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at 713-626-7114 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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