Camps/Retreats for Parkinson’s
Outdoor Active Retreat (OAR)
A program of the BOEC for people with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease doesn’t mean giving up the joy of outdoor activities!
Starting in winter of 2012, the Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC) introduced a series of multi-day programs to serve individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease. In part our motivation behind developing this new line of programs is based upon recent research and experience which has proven that exercise has measurable, definable benefits for the people living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Exercise has been shown to significantly decrease the symptoms associated with PD and slow the progression of the disease over the long term. For people recently diagnosed with PD, starting a program of physical exercise and activity can lead to significantly higher quality of life.
The focus of these programs is to provide unique physical outdoor experiences as well as an opportunity for participants be active, reach personal goals, have fun, connect with others, and enjoy activities that they may be hesitant to participate in after a diagnosis of PD. Furthermore we hope participants find new pursuits to add to their repertoire and discover they are capable of more than they believed possible.
At each session you can expect 6-10 participants along with 2-4 experienced BOEC staff. Most programs will be based in Breckenridge at our wheelchair accessible Scott Griffith Lodge on our wilderness campus.
During the Winter participants will enjoy Alpine and/or Nordic skiing, Adaptive Yoga, stretching and movement exercises, and will participate in creative activities such as theater, dance, singing, and art and journal projects.
During the Summer activities will focus on adaptive (recumbent) cycling, flat-water boating (canoeing, kayaking and/or river rafting), hiking and peak ascents, and incorporate stretching, movement and balance exercises, adaptive Yoga, and other creative activities.
All activities are specially designed and adapted for people with Parkinson’s and facilitated by experienced adaptive outdoor instructors and therapists. Participants can expect to be appropriately challenged with adequate time for enjoyment, rest, and reflection, and to be well supported from the BOEC staff and other participants.
For more information, call 1-800-383-2632 ext. 16 or email email@example.com.
These programs are run with the support of the Parkinson Association of the Rockies. For additional resources, programs and services for individuals with Parkinson’s please visit http://www.parkinsonrockies.org/