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retreat-resizeLast fall, Muscular Dystrophy Canada welcomed participants to its first Atlantic Caregivers Retreat weekends in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

The Caregiver Retreat Weekends gave attendees a respite in a supportive and restorative environment where they could rest, relax, learn, and share their caregiving experience with their peers.  It gave them an opportunity to support each other and share experiences as parents and caregivers of loved ones affected by a neuromuscular disorder.

Facilitated by Cindie Smith from Caregivers Nova Scotia, the weekends included a stress management session where participants learned how to identify stressors and how to find relief. Attendees also had the opportunity to let loose with optional recreational activities such as a foot soak and guided meditation. There was time to share stories, receive feedback from fellow caregivers, and reflect on what was learned.

The weekends provided insight for both the attendees and Muscular Dystrophy Canada on how to better support caregivers and their loved ones.

Two of the participants generously agreed to share their stories. Jaclyn is a mother of 3 and the caregiver to two sons affected by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type II. Alastair is caregiver to his wife, Kathie, who is affected by a neuromuscular disorder.

Hear from two caregivers who answered some questions about the retreat and how they apply what they learned there:

Read Jaclyn’s story here.

Read Alistar’s story here.

The next Caregiver Retreat in Atlantic Canada takes place in May in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador! Presented by Lawtons Home HealthCare, and with specialist content delivered by our partnering organization Caregivers Nova Scotia, this Retreat will provide unpaid caregivers of persons with neuromuscular disorders an opportunity to relax with peers as well as to learn skills and resources that will aid in their role as a caregiver. We hope you can join us at the Murray Premises Hotel on May 27  & 28, 2017. To register, click here.


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