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Living a meaningful life after surviving a brain injury can be challenging. Losses are more than physical or medical. It is the loss of friends, the loss of self, and the loss of goals that can lead to isolation. These blog articles on community discuss ways to build a community for information and support.

Support May Come from Unexpected People after Brain Injury

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I took my grandsons to see The Land Before Time at the movie theatre. This classic children’s film shares the journey of five orphaned dinosaurs as they search for the Great Valley, a part of prehistoric Earth spared in the great earthshake.

All five characters are from different species. They are characterized as the Long Necks, Flat Heads, Sharptooths etc. They have been raised to believe they are different from one another and that they do not do ANYTHING together. The main character Littlefoot, questions his mother about this and she replies, “That’s the way it’s always been.”

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The Real Stars of Traumatic Brain Injury

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It’s impossible for me to count the number of times over the past 20 years that I have heard someone say: “We need to find a celebrity to be the spokesperson for brain injury.” I have always opposed this for several reasons.

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A Community with Relationships for Survivors of Brain Injury

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Too many adults who are survivors of brain injury have had multiple losses and lead isolated, lonely lives. Brain injury rehabilitation services have focused too much on trying to “fix” the survivor through rehabilitation treatment rather than helping the survivor develop a community with meaningful relationships that contribute to quality of life. This new direction is based on Condeluci’s concept of social capital and could change how rehabilitation programs and human services are delivered.

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Caregivers – Do Something Nice for Yourself this Holiday Season

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Caregiving is extremely taxing. People do it out of love and they want to take care of their loved one, but the strain and toll it takes on the caregiver’s life is real and should not be overlooked. I know we are raised to NOT be selfish, but sometimes that is exactly what we need to do. Carving out some time alone is often the only way to recharge your batteries. And, we know how exhausting the holiday season can be so as a caregiver, you may feel it even more so.

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November is National Family Caregiver Month

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Did you know that National Family Caregiver Month (NFC Month) is observed every November? The National Family Caregiver Association (NFCA) originated the observance in 1997 to focus attention on the more than 65 million family caregivers who provide 80% of the long-term care services in the US. Studies show that family caregivers provide over $375 billion in “free caregiving services” just in care for older adults annually.

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Lost and Found After Brain Injury

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I have just written a book: Lost & Found: a survivor’s guide for reconstructing life after brain injury; a strategy guide for brain injury survivors. One of the biggest challenges I had writing in this book was keeping up with our ever-evolving increasingly technical world. When I began putting together materials for the brain injury survivor support group I have facilitated for many years, which is how the book began to develop, very few people had computers at home, no one had a cell phone-never mind a “smart phone”, there were no GPS systems for our cars, we used music cassettes – not CD’s or I Pods, and renting a movie from the video store to play at home on your VCR was a treat for the weekend.

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Getting Organized After Brain Injury

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Getting organized and being able to complete multiple tasks is often a real challenge for a person who has sustained a brain injury. It is extremely disheartening when they previously could juggle a dozen things at once to not being able to complete one task, let alone two.

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Community and Relationships with Traumatic Brain Injury

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I attended an educational conference once where the speaker spoke on individuals with disabilities and how difficult it can be for them to integrate in society and build community. He then went on to give an example on how acquired disabilities can make the task of building community even more difficult due to the individual remembering how they once interacted in community and how they were accepted in society prior to their acquired disability.

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Summer Fun with Brain Injury

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The weather has been extremely unusual in Canada this year. Normally, we could be outdoors at the beach by now, instead the weather warms only intermittently. Even if the sun doesn’t shine, people can still enjoy outdoor activities, which are essential to a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle

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Prepping for Successful Summer Fun – Even with a Brain Injury

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Summer is ripe with parties, cook-outs, baseball games, and time in the great outdoors. For a person who has a brain injury, these social events can present a few challenges as well as fun. For the caregiver, summer traditions can be a chance to give the survivor a hand, while practicing letting him/her be more independent.

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