Get Involved

Volunteer Opportunities

DAPS is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! If you are interested, please contact Leisha at:  Leisha@daps.org to learn how you can be a part of the DAPS community.

You can find more information about where and when the following classes meet on our Group Locations and Times page.

YOPD Rebels Support Group

If you've been diagnosed with early onset PD and are dealing with the unique challenges such as employment or parenting, join us on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. The YOPD support group provides a safe place to discuss these types of experiences, resources and gain support from others who are dealing with similar issues. Care Partners are welcome to attend, as well.

Exercise Groups

Our exercise classes provide Parkinson's-appropriate group activities, led by caring and knowledgeable instructors. They meet once or twice a week, depending on location. These group exercise classes are one of our most popular services. Attendees have reported feeling stronger and more positive when they attend on a regular basis. Exercise has recently been acknowledged as one of the most important factors in living well with Parkinson's disease.

To participate in our exercise groups, download the Participant Intake Forms. Fill out the Participant Release and Information Form and take it with you to your first exercise session. You will need to send the Doctor's Approval to your neurologist or internist for completion. Your doctor can either return that to you or mail or fax it directly to DAPS.

Speech Groups

According to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, nearly 90% of people with Parkinson's disease will develop speaking problems. Most notably, their volume of speech decreases, and they may develop a hoarse or monotone voice. The only known effective treatment for these speech problems is the Lee Silverman Voice Technique, or LSVT. Our therapists and group leaders follow these methods in order to help our speech therapy attendees strengthen their voices and regain their confidence in speaking.

Dance for Movement Disorders

Co-sponsored by DAPS and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, this class is offered free to individuals with movement disorders. Misty Owens, MFA, leads the group with a fun and uplifting attitude.

Non-Contact Boxing for People with Parkinson's Disease

Title Boxing of Allen and Tribe Wellness provide discounts for DAPS members who join their non-contact boxing for Parkinson's disease classes. Non-contact boxing exercises the body and the brain to help build core strength and improve cognition.

Partner in Care Groups

Our care partner support groups are for the spouses, family, and friends of our people with Parkinson's. It is a time to get together and talk about the ups and downs of caregiving, and to share ideas and resources. These groups are led by our wonderful care manager and meet weekly or monthly, depending on location.

Educational/Motivational Meetings

Our Educational Series presentations are held at several locations each month (see the Events calendar for dates, times, and locations). These feature information presented by an expert in a field related to the needs of those with Parkinson's disease.

These meetings are free and open to all who are interested in learning more about Parkinson's disease and about DAPS.

Please note: Dates and times may vary, depending on each location's schedule. Please check the website or the newsletter, or call the DAPS office for details.

Luncheons

Three times a year DAPS hosts a luncheon in place of our regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting. We start these at 12:30 p.m. so that we have plenty of time to eat and socialize.

  • In April, we have our Parkinson's Awareness Luncheon, in celebration of Parkinson's Awareness Month. DAPS provides a catered menu of delicious food, and either a speaker or entertainer will present. Reservations are required, and the cost is $10 per person.
  • In July, we celebrate the birthday of our founder, Clarice Dougherty, at our July Jubilee. A barbecue luncheon is served, and either a speaker or entertainer will present. Reservations are required, but there is no charge—instead we ask that you bring your favorite salad, side dish or dessert to share.
  • In December, we host a Holiday Luncheon. DAPS provides the food and entertainment. Reservations are required, and the cost is $10 per person.

We hope you will choose to join us at one or several of these classes and events!