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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
  • 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
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • 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
  • 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. 

If you are interested in walking with HAPS, click here to register for the 5K through the Chevron Houston Marathon website. Contact Kelly Nicholls at 713-313-1621 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  after completing registration to get your shirt and cape.   
bat logo compress1 Click the HAPS Superhero logo for more information about participating in Chevron Houston Marathon weekend. 
RunForAReasonButton   Click the Run for a Reason logo to donate to HAPS in the Chevron Houston Marathon.

Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

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Join HAPS as we celebrate our 40th anniversary year and raise awareness for Parkinson's disease with a day at the ballpark! Help us cheer on the Houston Astros as they face the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, September 21st at 1:10pm at Minute Maid Park. HAPS will be selling individual tickets for $20 which will include a free HAPS commemorative t-shirt to be worn at the game (while supplies last). Kids can run the bases after the game, so gather your family and friends for this wonderful daytime event to spread the word about Parkinson's. 

Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Concessions and parking are not included. To purchase your tickets, please call Kelly Nicholls at 713-313-1621 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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