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.

Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation

Dr Cooper and Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones
Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones

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Please join us for this very special event* where Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society will award our 3rd annual Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award, named after Dr. Cooper, is given to a worthy individual who has made significant contributions to living a healthy lifestyle through exercise, diet, and positive attitude.

Dr. Cooper has long been recognized as the leader of the international physical fitness movement and will be the keynote speaker for the event. He will share his vision that being connected to a group or class helps people accept their condition, and exercise helps their physical well-being.

The first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Charles Sterling, PhD, who developed the Move.Laugh.Connect. exercise program used in a number of DAPS classes. This year, DAPS is honored to recognize Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones as the recipient. Cheryl is the President and CEO of the Frontiers of Flight Museum. She is a recognized leader in human resources and nonprofit management. Cheryl was formerly CEO of the Dallas Area Chapter of the American Red Cross and CEO of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center where she helped victims of domestic violence. She was awarded Agency Executive of the Year by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. She is a member of the Rotary Club, SMU Cox School of Business Advisory Board, and U.S. Selective Service Board. DAPS is honored to recognize Cheryl with the Lifetime Achievement Award and acknowledge her personal example, achievements, and contributions to the community.

Reservations are required by midnight, June 12, 2019. No charge; donations welcome. Click the REGISTER button or call 972-620-7600.

Check-in begins at 12:30p.m.

Program begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Complimentary valet parking. Refreshments will be available after the presentation.

*Please note that this event is in lieu of the June General Membership Meeting and will be held at a different location than our usual meeting.



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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