DAPS serves as a pillar within the Parkinson’s community by providing free education, speech, and exercise classes, and support groups. To those who are currently on the journey of living with PD or caring for a person with PD, we offer the following resources:
Classes and Programs
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.
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.
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 led by professional 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 support, connection, and resources to help navigate the complexities of Parkinson’s disease.
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. 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.
DAPS hosts several additional events throughout the year. Follow us on our socials and subscribe to our e-newsletter for upcoming dates.
Kenneth Cooper Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon
Keep Moving! Annual Symposium
DAPS Celebration and Volunteer Award Luncheon
Join us monthly for our Educational Series, where specialists in the movement disorder field provide information, resources, and education to help live life fully with Parkinson’s disease.