Welcome to DAPS!

Welcome to the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS)! We are glad you have found us, and hope you will find this site informative.

DAPS offers many services at no (or reduced) cost to those affected by Parkinson's disease living in the Dallas area, including the following:

  • group exercise
  • speech groups
  • care partner support groups
  • Dance for Movement Disorders classes
  • non-contact boxing and tai chi for people with Parkinson's disease
  • monthly educational/motivational meetings
  • monthly newsletter by email

See a map and full schedule of our groups and classes on our Group Schedules page.

DAPS Annual Lifetime Achievement Award – April 2020

Roger StaubachLimited seating available!

Register now for the 4th Annual Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon honoring Roger Staubach for his personal achievements, example, and inspiring contributions to the community.

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The 2020 Non-Event is Underway!

Non-Event invitation

The Non-Event is the primary annual fundraiser for the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society. We invite DAPS members and friends of DAPS to join us on a fun imaginary excursion that gives us a very real way to support DAPS.

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PEAK Performers Keep Going!

Tribe Wellness logo

In late 2018, Tribe Wellness developed PEAK Performers (PP). The need came out of analysis of the group programs at Tribe Wellness. Tribe Wellness was determined to find a way to get people with PD to walk and work on their walking mechanics with greater consistency. The importance of specific training as a key principle of neuroplasticity, along with the difficulty PD patients have walking, led to the birth of PEAK Performers. Founder of Tribe Wellness and PEAK Performers, Mike Braitsch notes, “We ‘climb new heights’ for Parkinson's by training through a combination of structured solo practice along with regular group hikes.”

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Local Middle School Student Creates Anti-Tremor Prototype

It’s always inspiring when today’s youth recognize a need in our society and set out to create, develop, and execute a method to help those who are suffering. Fourteen-year-old Anushka has participated in many science fairs in Plano and was a national finalist at the Computer Science Girls competition for middle school girls in the field of technology and computer science last year.

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Dallas: A Creative City

Dallas Arts Month is a celebration of the thriving arts community in Dallas instituted by Mayor Mike Rawlings. Misty Owens was invited to be interviewed for the project and her choreography for the Dance for PD® Crane Project Filming at Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, March 1, 2019, was included in the Mayor's video. The choreography was created for the Global PD Crane Project and was featured along with other video submissions for the World Parkinson's Congress in Kyoto, Japan, in June 2019.

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