Who is HAPS?

…and what do they do in Ft. Bend County?

We have received some inquires as to what is the Houston Area Parkinson’s Society (HAPS) and what do they currently do in Ft Bend County?

As a response, we asked Kathleen Crist, Dir at HAPS, to provide a run down of HAPS and they’re activities here in our home county.

HAPS in Ft. Bend County

Currently, we have general exercise groups in Missouri City and Sugar Land; a Tai Chi class in Sugar Land; a Music Therapy class in Katy (Ft. Bend) and beginning in September, we will be holding a weekly “brain and body” class in Richmond which offers a different discipline each week including exercise, meditation, art therapy, etc. Additionally, we have a speech therapy class that is not meeting at the moment due to the therapist summer schedule, but we hope to have that reinstated soon.

In addition to therapeutic exercise, we have a general support group and one exclusively for caregivers facilitated by licensed social workers as well as a weekly Caregiver Wellness Program.

All other programs and services are available to Ft. Bend residents including transportation to and from our groups, education programs and physician appointments; respite; emergency funds; and case management. Social workers routinely complete home visits and meet with families to help create positive long-term disease management strategies. All of our programs are offered free of charge.

HAPS exists to offer hope to those living with Parkinson’s. This is done by empowering and engaging people in meaningful resources that they can use from point of diagnosis and beyond.

If you have any additional questions or would like specific details about the groups, please don’t hesitate to let me know.

We appreciate your interest in HAPS and our mission to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s.