NOTICE: HAPS in-person groups and classes are beginning to reopen with precautionary measures in place. We continue to monitor the local COVID-19 situation and have implemented protocol that we feel is in the best interest of our participants, instructors, volunteers, and donated facilities. All participants must register or re-register and be pre-enrolled in order to attend in-person sessions. Contact the HAPS office for details. Stay connected to HAPS by checking our calendar of events or checking our Facebook page for the latest updates. 

Exercise benefits the physical and psychological well-being of individuals with Parkinson's disease. Because Parkinson's disease affects a person's ability to move, exercise helps to keep muscles strong and can improve flexibility and mobility.

Research shows that exercise in neuroprotective and is the only thing that slows disease progression. Additionally, exercise improves balance, range of motion, and gait problems and specific types of exercise can strengthen the muscles that aid in swallowing and speaking. Exercise can prevent some of the secondary long-term complications of Parkinson's disease, such as stiffening of the joints, muscle stiffness and constipation. HAPS exercise classes provide an environment for individuals to participate in safe, appropriate exercises with added benefits of building social connections with others.

Classes are offered virtually and in-person. To find an exercise group near you, contact Angelica Rodriguez at 713.313.1652.