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.

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Summer is just around the corner and so is the HAPS Summer Lecture Series! Started in 2011, the HAPS Summer Lecture Series, held during the months of June, July and August, provides participants an opportunity to take a break from the heat and hear experts present on topics relevant to improving everyday life with Parkinson's disease. This year's sessions will be held the following Saturdays: June 2nd, July 14th and August 4th.

The 2018 HAPS Summer Lecture Series will be held at the United Way located at 50 Waugh Drive, Houston, TX 77007 from 9:30 am -12:00 pm.

This year, each educational presentation will be immediately followed by a movement lab featuring a different discipline. No experience is required to participate and each modality can be modified to accommodate those who need to participate in a seated position. Registration is now open. Click the register now button below to sign up for these sessions or Text HAPSSLS to 51555 to receive the link to register on your mobile device. Please note that each person must register separately. 

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June 2nd

PARKINSON'S MEDICATIONS: PROCESS AND PROGRESS
presented by Raja Mehanna, MD and David Freilich, PhD

Overview:
This presentation will address and explain the prescription drug development process from discovery through clinical trials to FDA approval. Additional information about generics and insurance coverage will also be discussed. This session will also explore Parkinson's treatments that are currently in the pipeline highlighting new therapies targeting disease progression, motor symptoms and non motor symptoms. 

Movement lab featuring Express Stretch with Analee Garcia

 

July 14th

PROMOTE BALANCE AND PREVENT FALLS
presented by Maggie Abbott, PT, DPT

Overview: 
This session will review the three systems of balance: vestibular, vision, and proprioception. This presentation will explain how each system works alone and together to keep balance and participants will learn and practice how to keep each system strong. Additionally, this session will review fall risks in the home and community and will explore ways to modify homes to make them more safe. 

Movement lab featuring Music Therapy with Maryanna Sokol, MT-BC

 

August 4th

PARKINSON'S AND THE PROMISE OF GENETICS
presented by Josh M. Shulman, MD, PhD

Overview:
As science and technology advance so does the depth of our understanding of the role that genetics plays in Parkinson’s disease. Over the past 16 years research in genetics has formed the basis of new discoveries related to how Parkinson’s affects various individuals and increasingly has the potential to lead to new treatments. This session will focus on these accomplishments and describe the possibilities for individualized therapies for persons with PD.

Movement lab featuring Gyrokinesis with Carol Meyer

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