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.

Vizient Community Day

October 22, 2019

11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Community Day is a cornerstone event for DAPS and Vizient®. DAPS is excited to be chosen as one of the nonprofit charities to host Vizient Community Day. Join us as DAPS broadens understanding of Parkinson’s disease.

Sign up to join volunteers from Vizient for a day of fun and learning, including:

  • Exercise (Badminton & Balloons)
  • Non-Contact Boxing
  • Music Therapy with Carolyn D.
  • Jeopardy Competition (PD Basics)

Each attendee will be paired up with a Vizient employee. That team will spend the day together as partners going through all the exhibits. Our objective is to get to know each other, learn about Parkinson's, and experience the classes that DAPS offers. Boxed lunches will be served.

When: October 22, 2019 11:30 AM–2:30 PM
Location: University Park United Methodist Church
Room: Activity Center
Address: 4024 Caruth Blvd, Dallas, TX 75225

Vizient group photo

The Peak Performers are back!

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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.”

The goals of PEAK Performers are:

  1. raise awareness about PD
  2. create specific long-term goals for PP
  3. raise money for Parkinson's-related organizations
  4. show people that a diagnosis is not a death sentence
  5. practice and demonstrate the value of exercise

In just one year, PEAK Performers has completed two hikes. In the fall of 2018, PP climbed the highest peak in Texas (Guadalupe Peak) as a fundraiser for DAPS. The second was held in conjunction with the Davis Phinney Foundation's Victory Summit Austin event, which involved a hike around Ladybird Lake in downtown Austin just before the conference. Proceeds from the Austin hike were donated to keep the Every Victory Counts manual in print as it is an excellent resource for people with PD. 

Tribe Wellness logo

To read the complete story on PEAK Performers’ hike in Austin, follow this link:

This year the PEAK Performers will walk a 3.5-mile loop at Turner Falls in Oklahoma. If you would like to donate to the current PEAK performers campaign, please do so here:

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.

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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