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  • 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
  • Ray
    “HAPS has made a difference between just being alive and living.” Ray
  • Ellis
    "HAPS has saved my life." Ellis
  • Roger
    “The continuing education about Parkinson’s has made me aware of how to manage my disease.” Roger
  • 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
  • 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

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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Support HAPS

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HAPS depends on the generosity of the community to continue to provide much needed services.

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A bit of HAPS history...

In 1974, a small group of families gathered around a table to discuss the need for support to help their loved ones who were facing the daily challenges of Parkinson’s disease. These family members united in their vision and formed what is known today as Houston Area Parkinson Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s disease through services, education and advocacy.

For the first 20 years, HAPS operations were mainly managed by volunteers whose lives were impacted by the disease. HAPS hired its first permanent, full-time paid Executive Director in 1994, and within two short years, the organization expanded its service area to eight counties within metropolitan Houston. HAPS has responded to the escalating need for Parkinson’s support services by adding licensed Master’s level social workers to develop social services and education programs and facilitate support groups; implementing innovative therapeutic exercise groups like tango, dance and singing; and by creating a national model for Parkinson’s patient support organizations while remaining independent.

Four decades later, HAPS continues to be the only Parkinson’s support organization in the Houston region offering free therapeutic exercise and support groups, comprehensive social services, education, transportation, emergency financial aid and subsidized respite care. HAPS is a member of the national Alliance of Independent Regional Parkinson Organizations (AIRPO) and is led by three dynamic Boards: Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Medical Advisory Board.

HAPS invites you to join us for our upcoming 2014 Annual Awards Event, Changing the Face of Parkinson’s: Forty and Forward, which will take place on Sunday, November 9th at 6pm at the Houston Racquet Club. Help us celebrate our 40th anniversary with dinner, dancing, wine pull, live auction and a brief awards ceremony.

To learn more about ticket prices, honorees and other event information, please click here.

DBS Discussion Group

This quarterly program is designed for those with Parkinson's who have completed Deep Brain Stimulation surgery, are thinking about having DBS or just want to learn more about DBS as a treatment option. These sessions are presented by experts in the field of neurology and neurosurgery and provide information about the surgical procedure; how DBS works; who makes a good candidate; which Parkinson's symptoms benefit most and for how long; what to expect before and after surgery; and what defines DBS success. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk to others who have either completed or are considering DBS. Presented in partnership with Medtronic.

UPCOMING PROGRAM 

Learn more about Deep Brain Stimulation as a treatment option for Parkinson's. This session will explore the surgical procedure, who is a good candidate, which Parkinson's symptoms benefit most and for how long, what to expect before surgery, and what defines DBS success.

Presented by:  Dr. Allison Boyle and Dr. Albert Fenoy
When: Saturday, November 1, 2014
Time: 10:30 - 11:45am      
Where: Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital - Classrooms A & B
18951 Memorial North, Humble, TX 77338

Free parking and refreshments provided. 
Please contact the HAPS office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register.

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. 

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Parkinson's News

Finding could lead to treatments for channel-related diseases such as cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsy and Parkinson's 10-30-2014 A common protein plays a different role than previously thought in the opening and closing of channels that let ions flow in and out of our cells, researchers at Johns Hopkins report.