NOTES FROM FEBRUARY MEETINGS
Brain Injury Alliance Support Group for Adults met Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Sanderson Community Deaf Center in Murray.
This is a social group where dinner is enjoyed together and then games played or crafts made. All caregivers and survivors are welcome. In February, the second Tuesday fell on Valentine’s Day. We enjoyed a Panda Express dinner together and made valentine cards. Jennifer Gee and Beth Cardell do a great job directing this group. For more information call: Jennifer (801) 468-0027 or Beth (801) 585-5511
Caring For the Caregivers met Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) in Murray. The speaker, Kim Kirkham, M.S. CCC-SLP shared Tips for Improving Communication.
Notes from caregiver, Barbara Wilson
Kim directed a helpful discussion and gave valuable communication tips. She was the perfect choice for this topic based on her profession as a speech therapist and personal experience with her dad being a TBI survivor. We appreciated her sharing information with us. Some helpful tips Kim shared: Body language is 55% of our communication. Tone of voice is 38% and the words used are merely 7%.
People will remember how they felt in your presence rather than the words you said. Don’t have problem solving conversation when either one is tired. Have good lighting on your face and use eye contact, especially if hearing is an issue. To get their attention, use their name and move closer instead of getting louder. Decrease background noise, if possible. If they’re in a chair, sit to the side of them. Standing in front conveys authority, not equality.
If memory is a problem, chalk or white boards are helpful for important events or schedules. Write in caps, it’s easier to read.
Repeating causes distress and frustration. Set boundaries to help you stay compassionate. Be mad at the disease and not at the loved one.
Brain Injury & Stroke Survivor Group met Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) in Murray. The Speaker, Dr. Jason L Smith, DC spoke on, Natural Ways to Decrease Fatigue and Improve Endurance.
Notes from survivor, Greg Nordfelt gregnordfelt.com
Dr. Smith gave an educational presentation and slides. What we eat instantly impacts “neurodegeneration” (loss of connection between brain cells, fatigue and symptoms of aging, Alzheimer’s, etc). The same is true if we stop learning: it immediately impacts our stomach, our physical body starts to age, taking cues from our brain that we have passed our learning stage and are now physically supposed to start aging, become more lazy, tired, less active, less muscular, etc.
3 Keys to Decrease Fatigue:
- Decrease sugar & increase protein! Stay completely away from fake sugar (it’s poison flat out!) Increase blood flow. Exercise 5 minutes as soon as you wake up!
- Decrease inflammation. Don’t eat grains, dairy or soy. Exercise or walk (or move available body extremities) vigorously at least 2 miles 3 times a week (refer to Dr. Doidge’s 2nd book “The Brain’s Way of Healing”. This is the number one way to fight against neurodegeneration and fatigue. Exercising 2 miles generates dopamine. It also generates new brain cells.
- Learn something new. Challenge your brain to learn new things as you age. This, along with exercise and feeding our stomach healthy protein, will release good brain chemicals and grow good brain cells.
Last, but definitely not least, five minute brain breaks per hour decreases fatigue. If you’re in a stressful time crunch, take 6 calm breaths because if you don’t, he said, “you’re going to crash”.
Dr. Smith says, “The brain and the stomach are connected. Feed both and exercise to win the daily fatigue battle.”
Thank you, Greg, for sharing your notes!
www.caregiver.org (online webinars for caregivers)
www.tbicommunity.org (online educational programs)
www.braininjury.com (medical, legal, information resource)
www.abta.org (brain tumor education and information)
www.cdc.gov/ncipc/tbi (brain injury facts, programs, education)
www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/all-disorders (education for brain injury, stroke and other neurological disorders)
www.nationalmssociety.org/Resources-Support (resource for those with MS)
www.epilepsy.com/utah and/or www.epilepsy.com (seizure education and support by state or national)
https://biau.org (resource for those with brain injury)
http://www.brainline.org (preventing, treating and living with TBI)
http://www.brainline.org/abbymaslin (blog about loving and learning after TBI)
www.unitingcaregivers.wordpress.com (caregivers sharing stories, tips and thoughts)
www.facebook.com/UTteensupportgroup (social interaction and the exchange useful resources)
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