DAPS is always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! We are currently looking for a Volunteer Program Coordinator, a volunteer who will be responsible for planning, organizing and directing the volunteer programs associated with the Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society (DAPS). For more information, see the position description here. If you are interested, please fill out this volunteer information form.
You can find more information about where and when the following classes meet on our Group Locations and Times page, and by clicking the headings of the sections below.
Our exercise classes provide Parkinson's-appropriate group activities, led by caring and knowledgeable instructors. They meet once or twice a week, depending on location. These group exercise classes are one of our most popular services. Attendees have reported feeling stronger and more positive when they attend on a regular basis. Exercise has recently been acknowledged as one of the most important factors in living well with Parkinson's disease.
To participate in our exercise groups, download the Participant Intake Forms. Fill out the Participant Release and Information Form and take it with you to your first exercise session. You will need to send the Doctor's Approval to your neurologist or internist for completion. Your doctor can either return that to you or mail or fax it directly to DAPS.
According to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, nearly 90% of people with Parkinson's disease will develop speaking problems. Most notably, their volume of speech decreases, and they may develop a hoarse or monotone voice. The only known effective treatment for these speech problems is the Lee Silverman Voice Technique, or LSVT. Our therapists and group leaders follow these methods in order to help our speech therapy attendees strengthen their voices and regain their confidence in speaking.
Co-sponsored by DAPS and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, this class is offered free to individuals with movement disorders. Misty Owens, MFA, leads the group with a fun and uplifting attitude.
Misty Owens, who is a founding teacher of the Dance for PD program at the Mark Morris Dance Group in Brooklyn, NY, teaches these classes. You can learn more about the program at the website Dance for PD. There is also a very good article in The Dallas Morning News that was written in April 2013 about the classes at Texas Health Dallas.
DAPS and Title Boxing of Allen are working together to provide the first non-contact boxing classes for people with Parkinson's disease in the Dallas area.
Our discussion groups are a great place for our people with Parkinson's to get together weekly to talk about what's going on with them—what's working, what's not, what's next.
Our care partner support groups are for the spouses, family, and friends of our people with Parkinson's. It is a time to get together and talk about the ups and downs of caregiving, and to share ideas and resources. These groups are led by our wonderful care manager and meet weekly or monthly, depending on location.
At 1:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month (except August, when we take a break), we host a General Membership Meeting, which usually includes a presentation by an expert in a field related to the needs of those with Parkinson's disease. Some presentations are motivational and inspirational. These meetings are held at the University Park United Methodist Church. After the presentation, there is time for questions, followed by a social hour with snacks.
At 10:00 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month (except August), we host a Parkinson's Support Group in McKinney. These meetings are held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, and are often a repeat (either by videotape or a live speaker visit) of the General Membership Meeting.
These meetings are free and open to all who are interested in learning more about Parkinson's disease and about DAPS.
Please note: The meetings may be held on a different day, depending on the churches' schedules. Please check the website or the newsletter, or call the DAPS office for details.
Three times a year DAPS hosts a luncheon in place of our regularly scheduled General Membership Meeting. We start these at 12:30 p.m. so that we have plenty of time to eat and socialize.
- In April, we have our Parkinson's Awareness Luncheon, in celebration of Parkinson's Awareness Month. DAPS provides a catered menu of delicious food, and either a speaker or entertainer will present. Reservations are required, and the cost is $10 per person.
- In July, we celebrate the birthday of our founder, Clarice Dougherty, at our July Jubilee. A barbecue luncheon is served, and either a speaker or entertainer will present. Reservations are required, but there is no charge—instead we ask that you bring your favorite salad, side dish or dessert to share.
- In December, we host a Holiday Luncheon. DAPS provides the food and entertainment. Reservations are required, and the cost is $10 per person.
We hope you will choose to join us at one or several of these classes and events!