A Camping Experience for Stroke Survivors &Their Caregivers
For dozens of stroke survivors from all over the state, a weekend away at camp is just what the doctor ordered.
It's called "Retreat and Refresh" stroke camp, and it gives survivors a chance to connect with each other as they recover.
At camp, they work with arts and crafts, music therapy, and even facials. Some say it brings a feeling of togetherness to the process. Ed Brogie is a stroke survivor, he says, "family becomes more important, your spiritual connection becomes more important. And in camp like this, you get to meet people that are in the same situation that you are so you don't feel like an island."
This years Camp went until Sunday afternoon, 8/19/2012.
Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp provides an opportunity for stroke survivors, caregivers and family members to experience a camping weekend. Activities are designed specifically for campers offering opportunities for education, socialization, relaxation and support.
Read a letter from one attendee...
View A Channel 8 Video of the 2012 Event... (you DO have to suffer throught a 30 second commercial first)
View a collection of drum circle videos taken from various cameras during the Lincoln, Nebraska, Stroke Camp in August. of 2011 They are NOT in the youtube Public Library. You must have these direct links to view them, so that keeps them private. (you may share the links to anyone else if you wish).
View Photos from last Year's Stroke Camp...
Read Stroke Survivor Stories...
Educational sessions are facilitated by professional medical staff, including:
- Coping techniques
- Roundtable discussions with professionals
- Problem-solving seminars
- New medical treatments and nutritional information
- Feedback from other can't members that may be aware of new information
Free time and rest time daily, which can also include:
- Pampering (manicures, pedicures, massages etc.)
- Personal quiet time (reading, napping, journaling etc.)
- Nature trails (walking, birdwatching etc.)
- Assisted outdoor activities (golfing, fishing etc.)
- Rides around the campgrounds
Opportunities to interact with other stroke survivors and caregivers through activities such as:
- Crafts (jewelry, painting, shirt design, musical instruments etc.)
- Music in skits (singing around the campfire, skits by staff etc.)
- Professional entertainment
- Games and movies (Wii, board games, long games etc.)
Opportunities for individual support in group sessions including:
- Peer discussion groups
- Aphasia, speech memory support
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Volunteer and survivor partnership to provide caregiver relief