The mission of the Houston Area Parkinson Society is to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson's disease through services, education and advocacy.
  • 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."
  • 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."
  • 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."
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As Board members of Houston Area Parkinson Society, one of our objectives is to visit at least two HAPS therapeutic exercise groups each year. While many on the Board have direct experience with the effects of Parkinson’s, one of the things we can all lose sight of is how complex the disease is and how differently it affects each person. In spite of these differences, one common theme emerges from research—those who have Parkinson’s experience immediate, positive and often lasting improvement from exercise. 
 
Board members were inspired by their exercise group site visits this fall and were extremely impressed with the physical and social benefits that HAPS classes have on those who attend.
With 170 of these groups a month offered in more than 30 locations throughout our vast 8-county service area, along with robust education and support programs, our mission to improve life for those affected by Parkinson’s remains unchanged. Though we currently provide more than 50,000 service hours through comprehensive programs each year, the consistent and collective feedback we received from our client base is that “more is needed." Our clients firmly believe that what we offer improves their wellbeing and increases their capacity to deal with Parkinson’s disease in a productive way.
 
During a recent organizational review, we committed as a Board to increasing the amount of money that we raise from $899,000 a year to $1.5M by 2020 to do more for you—more therapeutic programs, more support groups and more special programs dedicated to the changing needs of those with Parkinson’s disease. But we need help.
 
All of our programs are provided free of charge, but they do not come without cost. And HAPS depends on the generous support we receive from the community to provide the programs and services that fulfill our mission. 
 
As we reflect on the things we have to be grateful for this time of year and usher in the holiday season, please remember HAPS in your charitable giving. Help us make a difference to the thousands of families who rely on our services, by making a year-end contribution to HAPS or becoming a monthly donor. No amount is too large or too small.
  • $5,000 will support the establishment of a new weekly exercise program 
  • $1,000 will support the replacement of medical equipment or assistive devices
  • $500 will supply a month of Parkinson’s medications
  • $100 will support two round trip rides to a neurologist appointment
 
To support HAPS efforts, use the enclosed envelope, call the HAPS office or go to our website. If you are interested in creating your own fundraising event for HAPS or getting involved by volunteering, contact Madelyn Perry at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;
 
On behalf of all my colleagues on the Board, I thank you for your commitment to what we do and wish you happy holidays!

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Therapeutic Programs

exercise & support groups

Therapeutic Programs

Exercise, speech, yoga, tai chi, music, water, dance and various support groups are available free of charge.

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Social Services

case management & more

Social Services

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

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Education

information & program

Education

HAPS provides numerous programs to educate and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease.

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