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  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis

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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Recent events have underscored the fact that changes in mood, depression and anxiety frequently accompany Parkinson's disease. Emotional well-being and having the necessary therapeutic tools and support systems in place for managing Parkinson's symptoms are paramount to quality of life and Houston Area Parkinson Society works hard to ensure that vital resources for those living with a diagnosis are available. From therapeutic exercise groups and transportation to education and a full range of social services, we address crucial needs.

HAPS has three experienced licensed Master's level social workers on staff who are available to help with these and other issues, however, if you need immediate help you should contact one of the resources below. The following press release issued by Parkinson's Disease Foundation provides national resources and local ones provided by HAPS are also listed.

PDF Response to Revelation of Robin Williams' Diagnosis with Disease
- Aug 14 2014

Robin Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, recently released a statement that the well-known actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF), a member of the Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations, has published information in response to this revelation which has raised many questions in the community and amongst the media concerning the effects of a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and symptoms such as depression.

Here are some facts from PDF on the symptoms being discussed in the media and a statement from PDF President, Robin Anthony Elliott:
  • PDF estimates that up to 60 percent of people with Parkinson's experience mild or moderate symptoms of depression at some point in the disease.
  • Thirty percent of people with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed with depression before ever receiving a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.
  • There is not yet one answer on what causes depression, but it is likely a combination of the stress of living with a chronic disease and changes in the brain that accompany Parkinson's disease.
  • There are strategies available for treating depression, including but not limited to, medications. It is important to address depression early, as it affects quality of life.
  • Parkinson's disease is very variable from person to person. Each individual will have a unique experience and journey with the disease and its symptoms.
"While depression and anxiety are quite common in Parkinson's disease – more than half of people with Parkinson's will experience one or the other during their lifetime – it is critical to understand that they can often be successfully managed with medications under the supervision of a doctor who specializes in PD. Anyone who has questions about this, or needs assistance in finding a doctor specializing in Parkinson's disease, is invited to call the National HelpLine of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation at (800)457-6676 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ," noted PDF President Robin Anthony Elliott. 

The community is invited to browse PDF’s free educational resources below:

The following is a list of local resources for suicide prevention in Houston:
  • 911
  • Houston Police Department Crisis Intervention Team:  713-884-3131 or http://www.houstontx.gov/police/cit.htm
  • Crisis Hotline: 713-HOTLINE (468-5463), Spanish: 713-526-8088
  • Texas Suicide Prevention: 800-273-TALK (8255), Spanish: 800-628-9454
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Team: 713-970-4663; 24/7
  • Neuropsychiatric Center of Harris County: 713-970-7070; 24/7

Walk With HAPS in the ABB 5K in January

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HAPS is back for the 19th consecutive year as an official Run for a Reason charity in the 2015 Chevron Houston Marathon on January 17-18th. If you are not a marathon runner, you can still actively participate by joining HAPS in the ABB 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, January 17th as part of Marathon weekend!

Help us raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease and show that heroes with this movement disorder can still cross the finish line. All HAPS walkers will receive a free HAPS Superhero Squad t-shirt and cape prior to the race, along with other fun giveaways. 

If you are interested in walking with HAPS, click here to register for the 5K through the Chevron Houston Marathon website. Contact Kelly Nicholls at 713-313-1621 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  after completing registration to get your shirt and cape.   
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Take Me Out To The Ballgame!

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Join HAPS as we celebrate our 40th anniversary year and raise awareness for Parkinson's disease with a day at the ballpark! Help us cheer on the Houston Astros as they face the Seattle Mariners on Sunday, September 21st at 1:10pm at Minute Maid Park. HAPS will be selling individual tickets for $20 which will include a free HAPS commemorative t-shirt to be worn at the game (while supplies last). Kids can run the bases after the game, so gather your family and friends for this wonderful daytime event to spread the word about Parkinson's. 

Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Concessions and parking are not included. To purchase your tickets, please call Kelly Nicholls at 713-313-1621 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parkinson's News

Impulse control increased by dopamine replacement in early Parkinson's 08-19-2014 New Penn Medicine research shows that neuropsychiatric symptoms such as depression, anxiety and fatigue are more common in newly diagnosed Parkinson's disease (PD) patients compared to the general...