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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
  • 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
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • 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), a local non-profit organization, 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 30 weekly exercise, water, music and speech therapy groups in addition to tai chi, tango, 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.

April is Parkinson's Awareness Month

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April has been officially recognized as Parkinson's Awareness Month by the U.S. Senate. During this month, we come together not only to reach out to family, friends and the general public to help them better understand what it mean to live with Parkinson's, but to continue to advocate for ongoing support of research aimed at advancing treatment, improving quality of life and finding a cure.

As HAPS celebrates 40 years of raising awareness and serving the community, we ask that you join us in spreading the word about Parkinson's. Get involved in the many activities being held worldwide as we work together to raise global consciousness of Parkinson's. For more information about how you can participate in Parkinson's Awareness Month, please email HAPS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HAPS Annual Educational Symposium

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HAPS invites you to attend the 2014 Annual Educational Symposium, Innovations in Parkinson's Disease: Past, Present & Future, on Saturday, May 10th. This full-day conference will feature local experts and national speakers on Parkinson's to provide a history on the disease and examine treatments of today and the future. This event is free of charge and will include breakfast and lunch. 

For information about this conference, click here.

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Parkinson's News

MSU physicists push new Parkinson's treatment toward clinical trials 04-24-2014 The most effective way to tackle debilitating diseases is to punch them at the start and keep them from growing.