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  • 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."
  • 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."
  • Ellis
    Ellis "HAPS has saved my life."
  • Roger
    Roger "The continuing education about Parkinson's has made me aware of how to manage my disease."

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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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.

DBS Discussion Group

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This quarterly program is designed for those with Parkinson's who have completed Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, are thinking about having DBS or just want to learn more about DBS as a treatment option. These sessions are presented by experts in the field of neurology and neurosurgery and provide information about the surgical procedure; how DBS works; who makes a good candidate; which Parkinson's symptoms benefit most and for how long; what to expect before and after surgery; and what defines DBS success. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to others who have either completed or are considering DBS. Presented in partnership with Medtronic.

UPCOMING PROGRAM 

Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment option for Parkinson's. This session will explore the surgical procedure, who is a good candidate, which Parkinson's symptoms benefit most and for how long, what to expect before surgery, and what defines DBS success.

Presented by:  Dr. James G. Bonnen
When: Saturday, July 18th 
Time: Registration opens at 9:30am. Group from 10:00am - 12:00pm
Where:  University of Houston, Clear Lake
              Bayou Theater in the Bayou Building
              2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston 77058

Free parking and refreshments provided. To register, contact Jud Hightower at 713-497-9400 or 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.



Join HAPS Superhero Squad in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon

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HAPS Superhero Squad wants you to help us win the race against Parkinson's disease in the 2016 Chevron Houston Marathon taking place on January 16-17th. Back for our 20th consecutive year as an official Run for a Reason charity, HAPS is looking to beat our 2015 record-breaking year by having 300 participants with a fundraising goal of $120,000! 

We need your help as a walker, runner, fundraiser, donor or volunteer to meet our goals. 

Click here more information about HAPS in the 2016 Marathon. To make a donation to HAPS Superhero Squad, please click here.

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 members' 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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