Interview with Ron Roskos from the Brain Injury Association in Utah and brain injury survivor, Tammi Diaz on Thursday, April 22nd, 10AM Pacific.

April 20, 2010 by  
Filed under Kind Ethics Radio

Viki Kind interviews Ron Roskos from the Brain Injury Association in Utah and brain injury survivor, Tammi Diaz on Thursday, April 22nd, 10AM Pacific. Listen live or download later at

Tammi is a brain injury survivor and brain injury advocate. Her blog is . Hear her story from trauma to recovery to advocacy.

Ron Roskos is the director of the Brain Injury Association in Utah. The Brain Injury Association of Utah (BIAU) was created in 1984 as a 501©(3) non-profit organization. This Association is the only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to education and support for the issues of prevention and recovery of brain injury in the state of Utah. The BIAU has coalitions with major hospitals, governmental agencies, and rehabilitation centers to provide a network of support, information, and help.
The mission of the Brain Injury Association of Utah is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
? Stimulate public and professional awareness of the problems of brain injury.
? Provide a central clearinghouse for information and resources for the individual with brain injury and their family.
? Develop a support network for individuals and family members.
? Support specialized brain injury rehabilitation programs. Encourage existing programs and support the development of new programs where none exist.

Brain Injury Association of Utah website
Tammi Diaz blog site –

Have a kind and respectful day.

Kindness Reminder: Cook an old family recipe

April 2, 2010 by  
Filed under Ask Viki, Featured


People ask me, what can I do to make my loved one’s life a little better. Here is this weeks Kindness Reminder. To sign up for more fun and thoughtful ways to say I care and I am thinking about you, go to my website at and sign up in the box at the top right.

When people live in institutions, they don’t get to experience the joy of a home cooked meal or the ability to cook the old family recipes anymore. And even those who don’t live in a facility, they still aren’t cooking like they used to. A good friend of mine, Jacque, used to prepare a stew or pot roast in a crock pot for me to take to my Dad’s house. He lived with his two sisters and the three of them loved the smell of the crock pot cooking all day.

If you can’t cook for the person, perhaps you can have someone prepare a favorite recipe and deliver it to the person. At the assisted living/dementia facility where my dad and my aunt lived, they had a family cooking area. My husband baked a chocolate souffle for them from scratch. They sure enjoyed watching him put it all together and they really enjoyed eating it.

Have a kind and respectful day.

Interview with Dr. Eric Shapira, author of “A New Wrinkle,” on March 25th at 9AM pacific on

March 8, 2010 by  
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Interview with Dr. Eric Shapira, author of “A New Wrinkle,” on March 25th at 9AM pacific on Listen live or download later.

Eric Shapira practiced Dentistry for over 30 years on the Half Moon Bay Coastside. He received his Masters degree in Clinical Gerontology from Notre Dame de Namur University. He is an educator and has taught courses in “Healthy Aging” and “Successful Aging,” as well as courses in “Geriatric Esthetic Dentistry and Special Patient Care.”

Dr. Shapira holds an MHA (Masters in Health Administration) from the University of Phoenix. He is a Board member of the American Association of Senior Peer Counselors, a Bilingual Senior Peer Counselor for the San Mateo County Department of Mental Health and a former commissioner on the San Mateo County Commission on Aging. He is a Certified Hypnotherapist, Author, Consultant and Lecturer. Dr. Shapira is a caring, involved clinician with extensive knowledge in the aging field. His personal motto is: “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

In 2008, Dr. Shapira was awarded the title of Visiting Professor of Geriatric Medicine and Nursing by People’s Hospital #2 and the Government of China for his volunteer teaching efforts and work there this past summer.
Aging Mentor Services is Dr. Shapira’s consulting service. He helps seniors and their families with many of the complex issues about aging. ‘

His website is
His services include: Assessments (Physical, Mental, Home Safety Analysis, Care Giver analysis)
Counseling for individuals and families in transition
Memory training
Telephone counseling
Care Giver procurement and management
Care Giver training
Care Giver Evaluation
Certified hypnotherapy
Crisis Management
Strategic Elder Planning
Guided imagery
Patient advocate
Family mediation
Financial counseling
Transportation issues
Second opinions on dental treatment and treatment plans
Referral base for ancillary aging specialists: medical, dental, social and psychological
Education for family and care givers on the aging process, Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Nutritional analysis
Exercise facilitation