The Aphasia Center of Maine's journey started in 2005 when Annemarie's father had a massive stroke that resulted in Aphasia. After witnessing the major changes to his life and the family, Bruce and Annemarie set out to learn as much as possible about Aphasia.
What came from all the work turned into the Aphasia Center of Maine and an annual retreat for participants living with Aphasia and their families. The first retreat in 2012 had 11 participants, but has continued to grow year after year. The 2017 retreat hosted over 120 participants, family, friends, and volunteers at Oceanwood Camp. Oh what a time we had!
An array of fun and creative activities were enjoyed by all of the participants. From arts and crafts, outdoor games, assistive technology, biking, a lobster feed, a social gathering, and dancing, there were smiles all around.
On Saturday we were treated to a musical performance by Tina Callahan, her husband Tom, and her music therapist Patricia Mulholland. Tina had written 5 musical movements describing her stroke journey. It was a very moving and impressive performance.
Later that night, after a big lobster and chicken dinner, everyone put on their dancing shoes, and in some cases, fun costumes. We all had the time of our lives dancing the night away to the sounds of Richard Champoux. There were even a few snowmen spotted on the dance floor.
The weekend ended with a presentation from Enock Glidden, our new adaptive climbing director at the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center. He talked about his personal motto "If you try, things happen." Enock related it back to all of our participants trying and by making things happen in their lives.
Another amazing retreat is in the books for this year. Stay tuned for more information on next year's retreat. As soon as we have the date set, we will let you know!
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