Tenth Annual Summer Camp June 10th - June 15th, 2018

TIME FOR US is a great camp opportunity for youth ages 10 to 18 who have a loved one with neurological challenges of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or similar neurological or cognitive challenges. Our nature-based Keepers of Memories activities help campers & families find paths toward: better communication, coping skills, nutrition, and connecting cognitive health and the health of our environment. Past campers expressed, "It was great!" and "I can once again play with my Dad"

This year TIME FOR US will be at BETHEL HORIZONS camp located North of Dodgeville, West of Madison, adjoining Governor Dodge State Park. Bethel Horizons complements our nature-based concept, and adds the structure and support of a fun five day camp experience. Persons of all faiths and world views are welcome.

For 2018 we continue to encourage adults to experience and help us with the camp. We are especially interested in encouraging care partners, relatives, persons who work with seniors and people wanting to communicate better and understand more about cognitive health. Please promote the linked Flyer and Application forms for adults, or youth.

 

 

A Midwest summer camp for teens who are connected to someone with cognitive changes

In their last hours at Time for Us camp, youth evaluate and explain what the camp has meant to them. Invariably their comments indicate that each year's camp impacts more youth in important ways.

 

Circling the table are the teens, now a united team. On the outer edges of the room are parents and friends ready to join in a closing ceremony and take them home. We are focused on an evaluation of the week.

From a youth we hear, "We need the program to be more in depth….more information on the brain."

Wow!

Several others say, "And it needs to be longer… 10 days or more. We are not ready for it to end!"

Can you explain more, be specific?

And then it happens… what we have been watching for and trying to encourage… the trust to share pain and ask for help.

"Well, it’s my dad. Whenever I try to do something with him, we decide on the activity. I go and put it together, bring it to him, and then he no longer wants to do it. I don’t know what to do."

How that must hurt. We share a better plan. From now on you get the activity together first. Bringing it to your dad you say, "It is time for…". This way you remove the stress of more decision making. You will be communicating through the activity. Other teens offer other strategies to strengthen father/son relations.

A look of relief crosses his face.

Are you good? We can talk some more.

"I’m good," with a big smile. He goes home with new hope and understanding.

 

A note received six days later:

Thanks so much for welcoming us into your camp. I learned so much in such little time. Not only that, the methods you taught me, I have already started to use. It makes it a lot easier to get him to play with me if I say, "It is time for..." I never would have known that without you. I hope to see you again next year.

 

 

Interviews about Summer Camp for Kids with Alzheimer's

 

Your recruitment, volunteer and financial help will enable more youth to receive the support and understanding that they need this summer.

 

 

For a tax-deductible gift, see our Donations page or send a check made out to forMemory, Inc. and mail it to Rosann Milius, Treasurer, 1305 Maricopa Drive, Oshkosh, WI 54904.

 

 

Also, consider gaining sponsors by asking your neighborhood organization, congregation, civic club, political group, or business to contribute and be recognized. Chris Van Ryzin in Appleton at (920)734-9638 or Mary Kay Baum in Southwest Wisconsin at (608)935-5834 would be happy to speak to groups in your area of all ages.

 

 

 

 

 

SOME ABC's OF GOOD FRIENDING with just about everyone

APPROACH me from the front to avoid startling me.

BEND over to my level or sit nearby if I am sitting.

CALMLY call me by my name in a friendly way.

DO introduce yourself "Hi, Aunt Mary, it's Bill & I came to admire your violets."

ELIMINATE commotion and noise so I can relax & better focus on you.

FEAR that I am a burden worries me. Tell me why you're glad to see me.

GENTLE touches please, as I may have physical pain. Hug, if I agree.

HAVE patience & take time to hear my words. Rushing me slows me down.

INVITE me to accompany you in familiar and also new social events.

JUST remind me of something pleasant if I keep repeating myself.

KNOW that I may be slow to find my words, to get to my point, to move.

LISTEN to the kinds of help I want; ask before taking over.

MODEL & suggest going with me on a walk, an art activity, lifelong learning.

NOTE that I take words more literally now so avoid teasing and sarcasm.

OFTEN explore nature, healthy foods, arts, and movement activities with me.

PLEASE help me to continue to serve my community & affirm my efforts.

QUIT quizzing me... Who, What, Why questions feel like pressure & tire me.

REPEAT yourself in matter-of-fact way if you think I missed hearing something.

STAND up for environmental health since the health of the earth affects me.

TEACH me songs, prayers, scenes of wonder, and stories that I'd like.

UNDERSTAND that my moods can change quickly, especially to fear & inertia.

VALIDATE my own feelings, "It looks like you might be upset, tired, relieved..."

WORDS of clear suggestions are helpful - "Now is a good time for us to ..."

X-CHANGE negatives for positives, "Let's step over here" instead of "Don't fall".

YOU are a true friend as you remind me of what I can do, not just what I can't.

ZANY humor is great, let's laugh and enjoy the moment together.

 

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