VA Caregiver Event in Chicago on June 20

June 1, 2012 by  
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Join Viki on June 20th from 1-3pm in building 135 room 148 for a VA Caregiver Event.
3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064

Empowering Caregivers Who are Facing Difficult Decisions

About the workshop:

Wouldn’t it be a relief to know you are making the right decisions and doing right by the person in your care? Whether you are caring for someone with a brain injury, dementia, mental illness, or other cognitive impairment, you can learn the framework and tools to use when making the difficult life, health and end-of-life decisions. This is not a one-size-fits-all solution but can be adapted depending on person’s level of incapacity and the situation. Respect and compassion are the core values of this decision making process.

Have a kind and respectful day.

Join me as I interview Craig J. Phillips, A Second Chance to Live After a Brain Injury”

August 26, 2011 by  
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Join me as I interview Craig J. Phillips, “A Second Chance to Live After a Brain Injury,” on Friday, Sept. 9th at 9AM PST.

Craig J. Phillips has lived with a brain injury and an invisible disability for the past 42 years. His desire is to inspire individuals to consider the possibilities. Craig’s motivation is to encourage individuals to not give up on themselves, their dreams or their destinies. Craig’s background is:

• Master’s level Rehabilitation Counselor
• Experience working with in a state agency counseling clients around educational and employment issues as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
• Certified Rehabilitation Counselor 1990 – 2000.
• Medical training in nursing – Licensed Practical Nursing.
• Experience working with and serving clients in corporate worker’s compensation as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
• Author of articles that are published throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

As a motivational / inspirational speaker Craig’s focus is to provide information in such a way to encourage, motivate and empower my audience to thrive in life — regardless of their challenges, disabilities or disadvantages.

Have a kind and respectful day.

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month – A Concussion is a Brain Injury

March 1, 2011 by  
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Brain Injury Awareness Month March 2011
A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts.

In recognition of March as Brain Injury Awareness Month and the Brain Injury Association’s ongoing commitment to sports and concussions, the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) and its nationwide network of more than 40 chartered state affiliates is continuing its nationwide education and advocacy campaign: “A concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts.” This year’s campaign launches in March with radio and print public service announcements, awareness proclamations and special events. A state advocacy effort to introduce legislation to train coaches and protect youth athletes will continue throughout the year along with ongoing nationwide education.

A concussion is a brain injury, period. BIAA believes coaches of every school athletic team and every extracurricular athletic activity should be trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of brain injury, including concussions and second impact syndrome. BIAA also believes young athletes who appear to have sustained a concussion should have written authorization by a health care professional before returning to play.

A concussion is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Most concussions occur without a loss of consciousness and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a lack of proper diagnosis and management of concussion may result in a serious long-term consequences, or risk of coma or death. Signs and symptoms may be noticeable immediately, or it may take days or weeks before they are present.

United State each year. Of that number, U.S. emergency departments treat approximately 135,000 sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions, among children ages 5 to 18.

To learn more about these initiatives or to learn more about awareness and advocacy events taking place in your state during the month of March and throughout the year and how you can get involved, contact your chartered state affiliate today. For more information on media materials contact the Director of Affiliate Services by e-mail or phone at 703-761-0750, ext. 622.

Have a kind and respectful day.