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

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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HAPS thanks the following people for their help in leading the organization in fulfilling its mission to provide services and improve the quality of life for individuals living with Parkinson's.  

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mike Hendryx - President
Gabriel Zamora - Vice President/Treasurer
Leslye Weaver - Vice President/Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Ahmad
Denise Bishop
Chris Brewster
Randi Carrabba
Joan Cupic
Philip Francis
Jo Furr
Tom Ganucheau
Joyce Gilbreath
Joshua Huss
Rob Kerr
Jim Nicklos
Gerald Rideaux
Erick Sandlin
Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Pamela Skaufel
Jim Thorp
Michael Young

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Chris Bell
Ron Bernell
Nina P. Brown
Aubrey Calvin
Joiner Cartwright, Jr., Ph.D.
Bob Casey, Jr.
Rich Clifford
Robert Cruikshank
Meredith Cullen
Frank Donnelly, Jr.
Ellin Grossman, Ed.D.
John E. Hankey
Harriet Hart
Kamden Kanaly
Liz Lary
Harriet Latimer
Dan Lauck
Anne Martin
Robert Martone
Marti McWhirter
Quin McWhirter
W.O. Neuhaus III
Malcolm Pettigrew
George Puig
Jeff Rosenberg
Arthur Schechter
Joyce Proler Schechter
Binky Stephenson Strom
John Strom

MEDICAL ADVISORY BOARD

Richard K. Simpson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S. - Chairman
Madhureeta Achari, M.D.
Leanne Burnett, M.D.
Steve Croft, M.D.
Albert Fenoy, M.D.
Erin Furr-Stimming, M.D.
Robert G. Grossman, M.D.
Cindy Ivanhoe, M.D.
Joseph Jankovic, M.D.
Joohi Jimenez-Shahed, M.D.
Eugene C. Lai, M.D., Ph.D.
Laura Marsh, M.D.
Greg McLauchlin, M.D.
Kim Monday, M.D.
William Ondo, M.D.
Terry K. Satterwhite, M.D.
Mya Schiess, M.D.
Desiree B. Thomas, M.D.
Gage Van Horn III, M.D.
Ashwin Viswanathan, M.D.
Michele York, Ph.D.

STAFF

Anne Thobae - Executive Director
Kathleen Crist, LMSW - Director of Social Services and Program Development
Celeste Harris, LMSW - Social Worker and Special Programs Coordinator
Leann Randolph, LMSW - Social Worker and Advocacy Outreach Coordinator
Kelly Nicholls - Coordinator of Marketing and Communications
Angelica Rodriguez - Coordinator of Therapeutic Programs

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.

Push-ups 4 Parkinson's

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Have you heard of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge? Now is your chance to participate in a similar challenge to benefit people with Parkinson’s disease. Join HAPS and the other members of Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO) across the nation to take the Cardel Homes Push-ups 4 Parkinson’s Challenge kicking off on May 1st! Created by Cardel Homes in Colorado in connection with the Parkinson Association of the Rockies, this challenge is designed to encourage creative and fun online videos to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s, as well as generate crucial funding for the programs and services of each participating Parkinson’s support organization.

Here is how it works:
1.      Take a video of yourself doing any kind of push-up including modified, air push-up, pushing up off a chair – anything is acceptable.  
2.      In your video, nominate specific friends to donate and take the Push-ups 4 Parkinson’s Challenge.
3.      Upload your video to your Facebook page, tagging the friends you challenged and using the hashtag #pushups4parkinsons.
4.      Go to www.pushups4parkinsons.com, click the HAPS link and make a donation.
5.      Encourage your community groups to get involved – schools, churches, fitness groups, companies, restaurants, etc.

Don’t forget to “like” the HAPS Facebook page to see HAPS staff and Board member push-up videos. For more information, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Parkinson's News

Nanoparticle drug reverses Parkinson's-like symptoms in rats 04-26-2015 As baby boomers age, the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's disease is expected to increase. Patients who develop this disease usually start experiencing symptoms around age 60 or older.