Eastern Iowa UnityPoint Health Stroke Survivor Retreat

Eastern Iowa UnityPoint Health Stroke Survivor Retreat

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Now in its fourth year, the UnityPoint Health Stroke Survivor Retreat was created just for stroke survivors and their supporters, as a chance to get away, have fun and recharge! We understand having a stroke changes many things in your life. It’s an emotional and often difficult process. Our hope is this retreat will give you renewed energy, new friends, ways to improve your health and ideas to manage the many faces of stroke! You can expect interesting speakers, fun activities, camaraderie, laughter and much more! If you’re ready for a change of scenery and a chance to recharge, this event is just for you!


9 – 9:30 a.m. Check-in & refreshments
Arrive at your convenience prior to 9:30 start 

9:30 – 10 a.m. Managing the physical effects of stroke
Dr. Nicholas R. Appleby, D.O. will speak about managing physical changes after stroke including spasticity 

10 – 10:15 a.m. Group photo 

10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Gratitude jar project 

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Breakout discussions
Time for survivors & supporters to compare challenges and successes separately 

12 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch provided 

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. Understanding the many faces of stroke: changes in personality and other normal experiences
Dr. Teresa Young, PhD, Health Psychologist, will give us reassurance and practical tips for common frustrations 

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. Breakout discussions
Time for attendees to share, led by our speakers 

2:45 – 3 p.m. Break 

3 – 3:30 p.m. Empowering patients
Jaclyn Hall, DPT, MBA, and Patient Experience Director at UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital, will explain how to maximize time during your medical appointments, and make the most progress toward your goals as a patient! 

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. Wrap up Reflections on the day 

Goals of the Retreat

  • Create a fun and uplifting day away for stroke survivors and their supporters. 
  • Provide a chance for survivors and supporters to meet others going through similar situations. 
  • Inspire renewed joy in daily life, sending you home "with your glass half full!" 


There is no cost to attend the retreat but advanced registration is required. The retreat registration deadline is August 3 (late registrations will be accepted as space allows).  Find out more information about the UnityPoint Health Stroke Survivor Retreat or register for this year’s event at http://bit.ly/StrokeRetreat or call (319) 369-8877.