etting back to traveling can give families dealing
with stroke a fresh perspective by going with
others who share similar challenges. While
traveling post-stroke can be challenging, going
with a group can offer “a safe place to explore
new boundaries for both the caregiver and the survivor,”
said cruiser Laura Latham.
Cruise ships that dock in any US ports are required to
abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act and offer
numerous accessible cabins making cruising a great option.
The Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) offers one
or two cruises every year for survivors with language
challenges. Many attendees also use wheelchairs because of
ARC’s next sail is September 2016. The ARC Cruises
offer sessions by rehab experts as well as a chance to explore
ports and meet other families dealing with strokes.
Cruiser Cherry Burt said, “It is helpful being with people
on the same journey. The onboard sessions let you learn and
understand that your feelings are normal.”
“Cruising gave me the chance to socialize with others
by talking, touring, dancing and having fun together,” said
survivor Edward Morgan.
Getting out and doing new things can also offer a shot
of motivation for survivors. Charade Rodriguez joined other
survivors on a cruise and found “new gusto” for life.
“It’s a joy to watch people’s confidence grow,” said
ARC’s Director Carol Dow-Richards, “and to watch people
find hope and inspiration while trying new things.”
See the ARC website for more information about ARC’s
Cruises, or call 702-336-0200. Clockwise: caregiver Rosemary Morgan, survivor Charade Rodriguez, caregiver Becky Parker, survivor Arthur Matarazzo
Survivors Christine Huggins and David Dow
Survivor Charade Rodriguez with a bespectacled cruise staffer