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  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.”

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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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Transportation, respite and emergency financial aid are among the many services offered.

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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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It is estimated that approximately 1 million Americans are currently living with a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. Estimates also show that that there are 60,000 individuals newly diagnosed each year, or one person every nine minutes. Parkinson's disease affects men and women in equal numbers and shows no preference to ethnicity, race or socioeconomic status. While the average age of onset is age 55, 15% of those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease are under the age of 50.

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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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.

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.


 

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