On a summery Saturday morning, 23-year-old T.J. sets out to ride a stretch of trail in his hometown of Bloomington, Illinois. As he gathers speed on the canopied straightaways of the Constitution Trail, he shouts for joy...
Welcome to Healing Rides. Wesley United Methodist Church is excited to bring Healing Rides to the Bloomington-Normal area Spring of 2015. We are looking forward to watching so many elderly and disabled enjoy fresh air and sunshine in a way they never imagined. Take some time to explore our website whether you are looking to get a ride on the Duet Bike, sign-up to be a volunteer pedaler, or to make a donation and sponsor this incredible free service for our community. Thank you so much!
Barb Brown of Bloomington knows what it's like to be disabled and not able to experience the outdoors as you would like.
Now she has helped organize a program called Healing Rides that will enable the elderly and people with disabilities to feel the wind in their faces while cruising along Constitution Trail as passengers on a special wheelchair bike.
It is estimated that the incidence of depression in older adults living in long term care facilities can be as high as 50% (Ellen, 2001; Tueth, 1994) and is the most common mood disorder of late life (Butler & Lewis, 1995). Depression often goes undiagnosed and therefore untreated (Devanand et al., 1994; Teresi et al., 2001). Diagnosing depression in this group is often difficult as older persons may exhibit non-specific somatic complaints rather than DSM-IV classified symptoms of depressed mood (Gallo & Rabins, 1999; Waintraub, 1998). Minor depression often becomes a chronic illness in this group but is not a part of normal aging (Lammer & Ham, 1997). Depression may be assocated with side effects of medications or compounded by medical conditions such as a cerebral vascular accident, Parkinson's or heart diseases.