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.

2019 July Jubilee Luncheon

Me & Pooch

Me & Pooch

Date: Monday, July 15, 2019

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: University Park United Methodist Church
(Fellowship Hall)

Address: 4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX 75225

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Join us as we celebrate the birthday of our founder, Clarice Dougherty, with a special Texas barbecue luncheon, pot-luck style!

DAPS will provide the meat, and you bring your favorite salad, side dish, or dessert! 

Enjoy Entertainment by Me and Pooch

Established in 1998, Me & Pooch has been responsible for providing outstanding entertainment ever since, specializing in the popular favorites of the last 60 years. The group's repertoire includes rock, pop, country, and blues, and regular customers particularly value the way they accommodate a small party or a packed crowd.

There is no charge to attend, but RSVPs are required.

RSVP by July 12 by clicking the Register button or
calling the DAPS office at 972-620-7600.

2019 Keep Moving! Symposium

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Join us Saturday, September 21, 2019

9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

for our

3rd Annual Keep Moving! Symposium

at the Lovers Lane United Methodist Church
9200 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75220


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PD Management
Music Therapy
Myths vs. Facts about PD
Sleep Management
Well Being & Living Well
Diet & Nutrition
Caregivers Boot Camp
DBS: Deep Brain Stimulation

Platinum Level Sponsors:

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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 will be featured along with other video submissions for the World Parkinson's Congress in Kyoto, Japan, in June 2019.

Plugged In: Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Parkinson's Awareness Month with tulip

In honor of Parkinson's Awareness Month, CBS-DFW interviewed DAPS Executive Director Mike Miles, Dr. Nirav Pavasia, DAPS members John & Wanda Call, and Dance for Movement Disorders leader Misty Owens for "Plugged In To DFW". You can find videos of these interviews at https://buff.ly/2Dset2n.


Vizient Community Day 2018 was a SUCCESS!

Vizient volunteers and DAPS members had the opportunity to participate in breakout sessions which were snapshots of some of the classes DAPS provides those with PD, their care partners, family, and friends. It was a learning and interactive day!

DAPS and Vizient, although different in many ways, are alike in that we are in the business of caring, and we help others who are providing care to do so to the best of their abilities. In doing so, we strive to achieve positive outcomes and health benefits for those we serve.

THANK YOU to all those who participated and all those who volunteered!

Video of October 15 General Membership Meeting

Did you miss the DAPS General Membership Meeting in Dallas on Monday? Were you at the meeting, but want to review the information that was presented? We've got you covered! View a video of the presentation here.

Dance for Movement Disorders in the news!

DAPS and Texas Health Dallas co-sponsor a twice-a-week Dance for Movement Disorders class at Finley Ewing Cardiovascular & Fitness Center. Our esteemed leader of the class, Misty Owens, was recently interviewed by WFAA. Watch the video below and see if you can recognize some other familiar faces!

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