NEW this year, we invited ADULTS to a side by side camp. This was for care partners, relatives, persons who work with seniors, or anyone who wants to communicate better with all gifts and abilities. This year we also worked on planning quiet Slow Walking Trails.
The youth camp is for 10 to 18 year olds who have a loved one with cognitive or neurological challenges. A youth wrote: 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! Most of the week is spent with other campers on fun activities like team building and water sports. A couple hours each day addresses what's on the minds of these youth: the best communication strategies to connect with their loved one. See our Activities page for more information. Use and promote the linked Flyer and Application forms from 2016 to encourage adults, youth, or Jr Leaders for 2017.
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.
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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