Getting back to traveling can give families dealing with stroke a fresh perspective by going with others who share similar challenges. While traveling post-stroke can be challenging, going with a group can offer “a safe place to explore new boundaries for both the caregiver and the survivor,” said cruiser Laura Latham.
Survivors Christine Huggins and David Dow
Survivor Charade Rodriguez with a bespectacled cruise staffer
Clockwise: caregiver Rosemary Morgan, survivor Charade Rodriguez, caregiver Becky Parker, survivor Arthur Matarazzo
Cruise ships that dock in any US ports are required to abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act and offer numerous accessible cabins making cruising a great option.
The Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) offers one or two cruises every year for survivors with language challenges. Many attendees also use wheelchairs because of paralysis issues.
ARC’s next sail is September 2016. The ARC Cruises offer sessions by rehab experts as well as a chance to explore ports and meet other families dealing with strokes.
Cruiser Cherry Burt said, “It is helpful being with people on the same journey. The onboard sessions let you learn and understand that your feelings are normal.”
“Cruising gave me the chance to socialize with othersby talking, touring, dancing and having fun together,” said survivor Edward Morgan.
Getting out and doing new things can also offer a shot of motivation for survivors. Charade Rodriguez joined other survivors on a cruise and found “new gusto” for life.
“It’s a joy to watch people’s confidence grow,” said ARC’s Director Carol Dow-Richards, “and to watch people find hope and inspiration while trying new things.”
See the ARC website for more information about ARC’s Cruises, or call 702-336-0200.
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