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Hi Joanna, I have not made any further concrete discoveries. However, a feasible experiment I have been conducting, on what could be considered an activity by activity basis, is taking part in day excursions with my mom and a person who is in some way intimately connected to the focus of that day's outing. For example, last week, I arranged a trip to an independent film (at which we were also served food in the theater, so it was both informative and nutritious) with a person/companion who is herself working on, in the capacity of Director, an independent documentary. And we took advantage of the opportunity to not only enjoy the film but to take stock of it, afterwards, with a person who is knowledgeable on the subject in a way that neither I nor my mother could achieve on our own, just the two of us. Next week we are considering a trip to a playhouse with a stage actor. So, on a certain level, we are trying out the value and application of engaging in a shared experience that in yields something for both of us. As to how this gets scaled into a larger, extended outing, one that lasts a couple days and engages more people and support, is something to be worked out.
Susan, the Adventure camp is spot on. The goal, although a little more narrow than what i have proposed in my brief, achieves the important goal of serving the needs of both the dementia challenged person as well as their primary caregiver, in ways that offer adventure, relaxation and basically a healthy change of pace that is otherwise out of reach for most people in this situation. Thank you! And I also look forward to the developments re: your North Woods camp. The concept of partnering or piggy-backing off already established programs, is a critical first step to seeding your own specific program. It's a great approach.
Thank you for directing my attention to a number of other respite focused ideas. "Respite Lite" appears to come close in some respects (although not in terms of duration) to goals of my proposition. Joy Johnston, the author of Respite Lite and another of the ideas you shared with me, has some fairly granular detail about how her programs would be implemented and some of the tools she would seek to leverage in doing so, which certainly helps to better communicate her vision to the reader. I will think more about how I can fill in some of those details in my submission. As to adding a photo, I am sure I could come up with one, but I am reticent to simply put one up there for visual-impression sake, as I don't currently posses a photo that would highlight a truth about my concept, which is still very much that, a concept, and has no real world examples, which have been captured in a photo...as of yet! Do you have any suggestions as to what type(s) of images you think might add meaningful value to my submission? I appreciate your feedback thus far, thank you.