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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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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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.

Register for Upcoming Sessions of the Parkinson's Enrichment Program

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HAPS is currently enrolling individuals for 2015 PEP sessions which will take place in April, July and October. Each five-week session is limited to twelve participants with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease, so get registered now! The program is presented at Memorial Drive Lutheran Church for four hours on a Friday over five consecutive weeks and has components of exercise, recreation, socialization, education and peer support with input from participants on content. Past sessions have included educational lectures and discussions on Creativity and Cognition, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Meditation, virtual travel, depression, and infectious disease. Exercise sessions have featured dance, singing, yoga, tango, tai chi and laughter therapy. The program also includes recreational activities like brain games, watercolor lessons and Wii, and socialization/support with peer-led discussion, professionally led support group sessions, ice breakers and lunchtime community building conversations.

Registration is required. Please contact Celeste Harris, LMSW at 713-313-1706 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YOPD Breakfast Club

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Mark your calendars—the first Young Onset Parkinson's Disease (YOPD) Breakfast Club is just around the corner. Join others under the age of 50 who are living with Parkinson's disease during this fun, social gathering. The YOPD Breakfast Club will meet quarterly with the first event scheduled for Saturday, January 31st.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact Celeste Harris, LMSW by phone at 713-313-1706 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parkinson's News

Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases 01-30-2015 The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows.