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“I was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, and my doctor recommended that my husband and I go to HOTPACS to learn more about managing the challenges ahead.   Everyone was so warm and friendly, and we joined right away.  The Heart Of Texas Parkinson’s and Caregivers Support Group provides us with the latest research information, chair exercise classes that are fun and easy to do, and they have a monthly newsletter that keeps us up-to-date on upcoming speakers and topics to discuss.  We love HOTPACS!”

“I had thought that Parkinson’s Disease was all about the elderly, hand tremors and shuffling feet, right? Well, I found out differently when my doctor referred me to a movement disorder specialist at Baylor/Scott & White Hospital in Temple.  He told me that I had symptoms of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease and said there were many side effects of Parkinson’s that can give an early warning that you might get it.  At 45 years old, I still have years of productivity left in me, and HOTPACS has given me the support and encouragement I need to look forward to the future positively.”

“The Heart Of Texas Parkinson’s and Caregivers Support Group has been my “Parky” family for three years now, and I can’t imagine what my journey would be like without them.  We get together every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Community Fellowship Church at the intersection of N. Valley Mills and Cobbs Drives.  They have a professional instructor every Tuesday who teaches seated stretching and flexibility exercises, and on Thursdays, they usually have a speaker, or discussion groups, or another exercise session. Thanks to HOTPACS, I’m feeling fit and better than ever.”

These quotes are the kinds of things we hear about our group, and we feel that, since 1986, our mission to provide education and inspiration to People With Parkinson’s (PWPs) and their Caregivers has been rewarding beyond measure.  To see and hear for yourself, you’re invited to attend, at no charge ever,

  • Tuesday and Thursday exercise sessions,
  • a speaker’s program on topics of interest to PWPs and Caregivers every 2nd Thursday of the month, or
  • maybe you’d prefer to begin with a discussion group every 4th Thursday.

We provide experienced instructors to teach and lead us in chair-oriented stretching and flexibility movements.  Again, no charge.  The only money we collect is for our monthly newsletter and annual membership directory, edited by Martha Black.  The cost is $15 for a single person, $20 for a couple, pro-rated according to our fiscal year September 1 through August 31.  The fee covers our cost of printing and mailing 10 monthly newsletters and the directory with contact information for members.  The newsletter is a must-read, as Martha goes through reams of magazines and other newsletters to produce a “Reader’s Digest” of valuable information.

We hope to see you soon!