There are many wonderful organizations in the Central Texas area serving the needs of those whose lives have been impacted by Parkinson’s Disease. Here are a few that many CAPS members have found to be beneficial.
Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE)
AGE of Central Texas is a regional nonprofit organization that provides education and support to people all along the spectrum of growing older. Serving over 3,000 older adults and caregivers annually, AGE primary programs include adult day health care, caregiver education and resources, early memory loss support, health equipment lending, and peer-based computer classes for seniors. Learn more at AGEofCentralTX.org.
Recognized experts in the field of aging, Family Eldercare is a non-profit that has been serving Central Texas since 1982. It works to ensure that all older adults receive the care they need to remain independent and living in the comfort of their own homes for as long as possible. Family Eldercare supports caregivers with services and education that allow them the opportunity to have balance in their lives and to maintain good health. Family Eldercare provides a continuum of services on a sliding fee scale to more than 6,000 elders, people with disabilities and their caregivers annually in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. – See more at FamilyEldercare.org.
If your loved one living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) develops dementia, it is a different disease. It is now Parkinson’s Disease with Dementia (PDD) that comes with a host of new symptoms, problems, treatments and requires a caregiver. Caregiving a PDD patient is an entirely new challenge. The good news is that there is a support group for PDD caregivers. PDD is one of the Lewy Body Dementias (LBD). There is an LBD caregiver support group in Austin that meets monthly on the third Saturday of each month. You are welcome to join our group of caregivers who understand and are helpful. – See LBDA.org, contact Tom Clark by phone (830-220-9155) or by email ([email protected]).
Power for Parkinson’s
Power for Parkinson’s is a non-profit that provides multiple opportunities for free exercise, dance, and social programming in Austin and the surrounding communities. Research from the Parkinson’s Outcomes Project shows that regular exercise enhances the quality of life, and PfP helps make a wide variety of professionally moderated and structured exercise programs available for all those in the area. Learn more at PowerForParkinsons.org.
Lone Star Parkinson Society (LSPS) / Comal County Parkinson Support Group (CCPSG)
LSPS/CCPSG serves the Parkinson’s community in the New Braunfels, TX area. Support group meetings are held twice monthly on the 2nd & 4th Saturdays, and other events are conducted throughout the year. For the latest schedule and locations, and additional information, please visit CCPSG.net or contact Tommy Dubuque at (830-302-7265) or by email.
Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group
The Georgetown Area Parkinson’s Support Group (GAPS) offers many services at no cost to those affected by Parkinson’s disease living in the Georgetown, TX area. GAPS members are all connected to Parkinson’s disease in many different ways ~ as patients, family members, caregivers and talented individuals from within business, medical and civic communities. Additional information including meeting and events is available here: http://georgetowntxparkinson.weebly.com.
The Wimberley Area Parkinson’s Association Support Group
The Wimberley Area Parkinson’s Association (WAPA) support group meets the third Friday, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Location: Chapel in the Hills, 14601 Ranch Road 12 (map). For further details, please email Kathryn Hayes.