March 24, 2020
A letter from DAPS Executive Director Mike Miles:
Dear DAPS friends,
These are troubled times.
I’m reaching out to you today because you are a friend of the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS). I know that you are committed to the mission of DAPS, no matter what. In good times and bad, I know you’re with us. DAPS is important to you and you are important to us.
Usually, when I write, I tell you about something wonderful you can make possible through a gift to the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society. But that’s not why I’m writing to you today.
Now is the time to concern ourselves with the health, safety, and well-being of those we love: our family, our friends, our neighbors. Until we get through the COVID–19 pandemic, they must be our primary focus.
You can be assured that DAPS will continue to do all that we can to serve the Parkinson’s community throughout the difficult days ahead. That’s because our community is made up of wonderful, generous, caring people like you. We have already launched some videoed exercise classes and care partner groups, and we plan to do even more. We will keep you abreast as we progress in our ability to do even more videoed classes. We have rallied our PD Pals to help us stay in contact with our members who would like to stay connected with a phone call, email, or text. Let us know if you would like to know more about the PD Pal program or would like to have a PD Pal.
When all of this passes—and it will pass—I will be in touch with you again. At that time, I will want to bring you up to date on what’s happening at the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society.
But for now, please take care of yourself and those you hold dear. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
We are still here, working behind the scenes and thinking outside the box to serve the Parkinson’s community in the Metroplex.
P.S. You can find up-to-date DAPS information and learn about new online classes and groups as they are added at daps.us. Follow us on Facebook for daily exercises that we post or share. And, although we are working remotely, we are checking phone messages (call 972-620-7600) and emails.
March 20, 2020
The Dr. Kenneth H Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award honoring Roger Staubach has been postponed due to coronavirus.
The annual Dr. Kenneth H Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award event is being postponed in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. The safety and well-being of our members is always a priority for DAPS and, in that regard, this was an easy decision to make and the responsible thing to do.
This event has become one of the highlights of the DAPS year. We are honored to work with Dr. Cooper and the Cooper Institute to present this award every year to deserving people like this year’s recipient, Roger Staubach. DAPS is working with its stakeholders as we consider future dates.
If you have already bought a ticket, there are two options. If you wish, we will hold that RSVP and ticket as we consider future dates. Secondly, if you prefer, we can reimburse the cost of your ticket(s). If we do not hear from you, we will hold the ticket until such time that considerations about a future date are determined.
Stay safe. Take every precaution. And, we will see you on the other side of this.
March 12, 2020
We are monitoring updates regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Up until now, this has been a day by day and even hourly process. Based on the latest news and updates, DAPS has decided to suspend all of our programs and classes beginning Monday, March 16, and resume normal schedules Tuesday, March 31. It is possible that as we get closer to the March 31 date we will need to extend the suspension of classes. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in the Dallas area. As the situation changes, we will provide updates by email, the DAPS website, and the use of all means possible to communicate.
This was not a decision made lightly. Many of DAPS' members are in the most at-risk health category for contracting the virus due to age and other health conditions. Our goal continues to be proactive to ensure the safety and well-being of our members.
If you have questions or concerns about DAPS programs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (972) 620-7600.
Below are some resources that we are following. You may want to visit these sites as well.
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization (WHO)