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Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Caregivers' Support Group 1/23/11


The Caregivers' Support Group and the Men's Aphasia Bootcamp at www.aphasiatoolbox.com

The Online Aphasia Communication Cafe program announces :

 The Caregivers' Support Group   will meet 

meet on  the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening from 8 pm to 9 pm est starting this Tuesday Feb. 1, 2011 

There is no charge for this group that is coordinated by caregivers themselves.  

The following is a description of the group:

As spouses or other primary caregivers of a stroke survivor with aphasia, our lives change significantly. These changes are hard for other family members and friends to fully comprehend.  As a result, there can be a sense of isolation.  The online Caregiver's Support Group is an opportunity to meet via www.oovoo.com videoconferencing with others experiencing similar experiences.  After a brief check-in and new member introductions, members of the group will discuss the various issues of their lives including: therapy experience, how we help our loved ones, paid helpers, living arrangements, social and psychological experiences for the patient and ourselves, financial issues, legal issues, good articles or books to read, and any other relevant topics. Perhaps a joint reading or predetermined topic will evolve as the group members jointly decide what they want to experience and accomplish.  

Our goals are to:

1. support each other

2. share ideas and experiences

3. learn new skills 

There is no charge for participation in these cafes.  Participants need to have a computer with a webcam and internet access.  Registration is simple and can be completed at http://www.aphasiatoolbox.com/?q=registration .   Also send an email to information@aphasiatoolbox.com requesting a seat in this group.   Feel free to contact me should there be any questions or comments or if you are interested in coordinating a caregiver group.   

There is also one seat open for the Men's Aphasia Bootcamp that meets on Tuesday mornings 8 am est.  This session is facilitated by Bill Connors ( http://www.aphasiatoolbox.com/?q=aboutus ).  There is a $25.00 charge for participation in this session.   For more information about other treatment and practice groups contact information@aphasiatoolbox.com or visit http://www.aphasiatoolbox.com/?q=smallgroup .

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Specialty Aphasia Cafe


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Announcing the first Specialty Aphasia Communication Cafe:

The Fine Art of Belgium Beer Making  Monday January 24, 7:30 pm - 9 pm est

We are expanding our online aphasia group program.   Last year we started the Aphasia Communication cafe, an online group of up to six people led by a person with aphasia.  These cafes have offered the opportunity for peer conversation, support, sharing of ideas, social engagement, leadership, and speech/language practice.   Cafe groups now meet 4 days a week.

In response to suggestions by cafe participants, we are adding Specialty Aphasia Cafes.  The first specialty cafe will be hosted by Mr. Roger Gulbanson from Cleveland OH.  Roger will be hosting a monthly group online discussing The Fine Art of Making Belgium Beers.  Roger is an expert in this craft of brewing Belgium beers.  He has studied with beer makers in Belgium.

The goals of the group are to :

1. Share information about crafting Belgium Beer;

2. Discuss Belgium Beers; 

3.  Discuss Belgium breweries; 

4.  Discuss Belgium food

There is no charge for participation in these cafes.  Participants need to have a computer with a webcam and internet access.  Registration is simple and can be completed at http://www.aphasiatoolbox.com/?q=registration .    Feel free to contact me should there be any questions or comments.   

If any of people with aphasia are interested in hosting a specialty cafĂ©, contact me. 

Bill Connors

bill@aphasiatoolbox.com

724.494.2534

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