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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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Houston Area Parkinson Society (HAPS) is a non-profit organization that serves, educates and advocates for those affected by Parkinson’s disease in our community.

Founded in 1974, HAPS is one of the oldest independent, local Parkinson's disease social service organizations in the United States. HAPS provides comprehensive services to eight counties in metropolitan Houston, with an estimated population of more than 6 million people.

HAPS offers numerous programs and services to the Parkinson's community. Over 40 weekly exercise, water, music and speech therapy groups in addition to tai chi, tango, yoga, dance and singing classes are made available by HAPS free of charge.

Professionally facilitated support groups are offered at no cost to individuals living with Parkinson's and their caregivers to share their experiences in a warm, friendly environment. In addition, HAPS offers free transportation services to and from HAPS programs and physician visits. Social services, respite, emergency financial aid, education programs and a monthly newsletter are also available.

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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