HAPS provides numerous programs thoughout the year to educate and raise awareness about Parkinson's disease. Some programs are intented for specific audiences and others are open to anyone interested in attending and learning more. See more information below...
Keys to successful long-term disease management are maintaining connections with others, staying on top of developments in research, being proactive in your care, and remaining an informed consumer.
In addition to social engagement, exercise and good mental well-being, treatment options such as medications and surgical interventions are a big component of Parkinson's care. Knowing more about the growing number of options puts you in the best position to make appropriate decisions for you.
Started in 2011, the Summer Lecture Series, held during the months of June, July, and August provide participants with an opportunity to take a break from the heat and hear experts present on topics relevant to improving everyday life with Parkinson's disease. Previous sessions have included: Therapeutic Arts, What's New in Parkinson's Research, Nutritional Tips, Cognition and Parkinson's, Depression and Anxiety, Speech and Swallowing, The Gut Microbiome and more...
Started in 2019, the Roadshow's goal was to bring a Parkinson’s related lecture out into the community so people around the 8-county HAPS service area could have more access to educational programs. The unique model of the Roadshow allows for many opportunities for clients to get involved as the same presentation is given multiple times a year. Audience size is limited to promote an interactive learning experience. Since COVID, these meetings have moved to virtual format, and continue with great success. Previous topics have covered Parkinson’s and exercise, and balance and falls. HAPS is proud to bring more clients together, wherever they are, to learn and grow with the Roadshow.
Biennially, HAPS offers a full-day symposium, featuring local and national experts in the field of Parkinson's who are familiar with the latest in Parkinson's research, treatment and disease management strategies and is presented at no charge to attendees. Our newly named program, ENGAGE, EDUCATE, EMPOWER, focuses on bringing high-level education to those with Parkinson's, their families and the general public with the goal of expanding understanding and implementing long-term disease management strategies.
Houston Area Parkinson Society offers an educational program developed specifically for those who have been recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The three-hour program is designed as a "Parkinson's 101" course for individuals who have been diagnosed within the past three years and their family members or friends who want to learn more about the disease. Given the current COVID-19 situation, all in-person programs have been moved to a virtual platform at this time.
Houston Area Parkinson Society hosted the 8th Caregiver Conference on Saturday, November 14th. This special, full-day educational event is designed exclusively for those caring for individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD). The conference offered participants helpful, practical information that is important to understanding and managing care of someone with PD. Caregivers had the opportunity to learn new skills and discover resources that focused on the care of their loved one as well as self-care. This year's program was held virtually as part of our ongoing initiative to keep our community safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and will be archived on our YouTube channel at a later date.
PD SELF (Self-Efficacy Learning Forum) is a national initiative that offers an innovative approach to Parkinson’s disease management. It is based on Albert Bandura's psychosocial theory of self-efficacy which is the confidence a person has in his or her ability to influence an outcome or be successful in achieving a result. Click here for the current flyer.
Nina Brown has been a tireless advocate for the Parkinson's community and for medical research since she was first diagnosed in 1985. For about 15 years, Nina has served on the HAPS Board of Advisors as well as the Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Board as vice president and secretary, and as editor of HAPS monthly newsletter.
HAPS strongly supports research relevant to the study of the cause(s) and treatment of Parkinson's disease with the hope that the cure will be found in the very near future.
HAPS understands that many individuals with Parkinson's disease and their family members in our community are interested in the current research and clinical trials being done in the field of Parkinson's disease.
If you would like more information on how you can participate in Parkinson's clinical studies or trails at a local or national level, contact the HAPS office at 713.626.7114 for additional resources.