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Parkinson’s Comprehensive Care Initiative (PCCI)

PCCI expands free services to DAPS locations throughout the Dallas metroplex.  DAPS services provide a comprehensive approach to managing Parkinson’s disease for patients, care partners, family, and professionals.  Services encourage and support the importance of social engagement through community, education, support, exercise, and speech classes.

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Exercise Classes
Move. Laugh. Connect.

In 2021, DAPS exercise instructors completed the Move. Laugh. Connect. (MLC) certification. 


MLC is an advanced certification available to fitness professionals who work with older adults. This comprehensive program was designed by Charles and Susan Sterling, leaders in the fitness industry at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Tx for many years. Not only are they experts in the field of fitness but they understand firsthand the impact of Parkinson’s disease on a daily basis, since Charles' diagnosis of PD several years ago.


Their uniquely designed program addresses the physical, social and cognitive elements for older adults, making it an ideal program for anyone impacted by PD. Both instructors and participants receive a bound manual with illustrations for balance and strength exercises, among many other important pieces of information to help one live life to the fullest. 


Thanks to funding from Supernus, DAPS exercise instructors are able to bring MLC to the DAPS community.

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Dance for PD®

Dance for PD invites anyone to explore the joys and benefits of dance, music and the creative spirit. Dance has been shown to help with coordination and balance.


Non-Contact Boxing

DAPS helps to support noncontact boxing classes, which exercise the body and the brain to help build core strength and improve cognition.  DAPS members receive discounted rates at Tribe Wellness. To become a member, click here.


Support Groups

Support groups led by facilitators are provided in several locations in the Dallas metroplex. Care partner support groups and virtual PD support groups are available to those looking for connection and resources to help navigate the complexities of Parkinson’s disease.


Speech Classes

Our instructors teach oral motor exercise to help strengthen their voices and regain their confidence in speaking. 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. 

Community Outreach

DAPS serves the Dallas metroplex and surrounding cities through education, awareness, and the delivery of important resources to the community.  In 2022, over 5,000 individuals were reached at assisted living facilities, churches, clinics, and senior centers to help the community better understand Parkinson’s and how DAPS can help.

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