2011 Spring Retreat - April 2-3
Park Town Hotel, Saskatoon SK
On April 2 and 3, members of our community gathered at the Park Town Hotel in Saskatoon for the first annual SBIA Spring Retreat, a new event made possible by the fundraising success of the 2010 Hawaiian Oyster Odyssey. By all accounts it was a success! At times, though, it was a bit crowded because there was such a good turn out for the event - between 65 and 80 people attended during the weekend. People came from Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Yorkton, Foam Lake, Swift Current and Estevan.
Kristan Sali of the Neil Squire Society introduced the group to several options for learning about computers and getting online. She explained some of the adaptive technology that is available to make computers more accessible for people with disabilities and provided information about the computer training programs the society provides both online and in classrooms.
One program she introduced us to was at Lumosity.com where one can play games that help to develop and challenge the brain. There are a number of free games available. Just sign up and start playing.
Kregg Ochitwa of North 49 Balance & Dizziness Centre explained some of the reasons that people may struggle with balance and dizziness after a brain injury. He led the group in some exercises that can help to improve balance.
Bernene Cohen, of the Sask Central ABI Team, woke the group up on Sunday morning with some simple exercises and ideas for getting into motion that can be used everyday.
Saturday evening began with entertainment by the mini Saskatchewan Express group, which was followed by Carnival games with prizes for all.
Sunday morning, the Saskatoon Taoist Tai Chi group demonstrated some of the basic Tai Chi moves and then divided people into small groups to learn Tai Chi moves that can be done either from a sitting or standing position. Some people have found that Tai Chi helps them to deal with some of the effects of their brain injury. It certainly was an enjoyable and versatile exercise option for most participants.
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