Capital Area Parkinson's Society

About Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease which affects more than 1 million Americans. PD causes nerve damage resulting in a dopamine level drop, impacting motor function. 1% of our population over the age of 60 lives with PD.

Up to 20% of those diagnosed are under the age of 50, and half of those with early onset Parkinson’s are under the age of 40.

70% of people with PD rely on a spouse for their care, and less than 5% are capable of affording/attaining a paid caregiver.

There is no cure for Parkinson’s today. But advances in medical science & technology bring us closer to better understanding its genetic & environmental factors as well as treatments to improve quality of life for those impacted by it.

Parkinson's Resources


Coordinated and conducted by CAPS-trained facilitators, our local Support Groups are offered throughout the greater Austin area. Support groups meet monthly at convenient locations as well as virtually and provide education, practical advice and a place to ask questions and find answers in a friendly, small group setting.


Conducted every month, and open to all those with an interest in Parkinson’s Disease, our highly interactive Education & Communication meetings feature informative speakers, entertainment, support and sharing, along with a good dose of food and fun at no cost.


A special initiative, CAPS Cares helps provide individuals with PD and their families in the greater Austin area with free social services they otherwise may not have available to them.


CAPS hosts a number of social meetups across Austin to encourage a sense of community among those living with PD and caring for them.

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