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  • Ellis
    Ellis "HAPS has saved my life."
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Ray
    Ray “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.”
  • Roger
    Roger “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.”
  • 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.”

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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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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.

Parkinson's Awareness Month

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month and HAPS invites you to join us in raising awareness of Parkinson's disease. In addition to the Parkinson's activities taking place in Houston during April, HAPS encourages you to get involved and help inform our community about the disease. There is no effort too small and everyone can participate. Get started today—wear a Parkinson's disease or HAPS t-shirt; distribute HAPS brochures to your neurologist and tell your doctor how HAPS has helped you and how it can help others with Parkinson's; "Like" HAPS on Facebook or follow HAPS on Twitter; attend a webinar, the HAPS Annual Educational Symposium or the upcoming Summer Lecture Series; or participate in a HAPS weekly exercise or monthly support group and meet others living with the diagnosis. 


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Following Parkinson's Awareness Month

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HAPS Annual Educational Symposium

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Each year, HAPS offers a full-day educational conference bringing in knowledgeable presenters familiar with the latest in Parkinson's research and options to managing the disease. This year's Annual Educational Symposium, Beyond Shaking and Slowness: Understanding the other symptoms of Parkinson's, will take place on Saturday, May 2nd.

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please call the HAPS office at 713-626-7114. 

Click here for more details about the symposium.

YOPD Breakfast Club

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Mark your calendars—the Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Breakfast Club is back! Join others under the age of 50 who are living with Parkinson's disease during this fun, social gathering. The YOPD Breakfast Club meets quarterly with the next event scheduled for Saturday, April 25th from 8:30 - 10:00am at Einstein Bros Bagels Tollway location at 600 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N., Houston 77024.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact the HAPS office at 713-626-7114 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.



Parkinson's News

Scripps Florida scientists uncover how molecule protects brain cells in Parkinson's disease model 04-17-2015 Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have found how a widely known but little-studied enzyme protects brain cells in models of Parkinson's disease.