By using a whole-human approach to community building, Houston Area Parkinson Society reduces the fear and isolation associated with a Parkinson's diagnosis. Founded in 1974, HAPS is one of the oldest independent, local Parkinson's disease social service organizations in the United States. HAPS provides comprehensive services to eight counties in metropolitan Houston.
HAPS offers numerous programs and services to the Parkinson's community. To combat symptoms, more than 40 weekly exercise, water, music, and speech therapy groups — in addition to tai chi, tango, yoga, dance, singing, and non-contact boxing classes — are made available by HAPS, free of charge. Professionally facilitated support groups are offered at no cost to individuals living with Parkinson's and their caregivers to share their experiences in a warm, friendly environment.
In addition, HAPS offers free transportation services to and from HAPS programs and physician visits. Social services, respite, emergency financial aid, education programs, and a monthly newsletter are also available.
HAPS volunteers are essential. Volunteers help in a variety of ways, including participating in special events, educational programs, weekly exercise classes, and community outreach events.
HAPS participates in the Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason program. A spring Blues, Brews, & Barbecue and a fall gala raise funds for HAPS programs and services.