I’ve gathered pieces of information on this month’s support groups and therapy services offered in the Salt Lake Valley. In case you missed last month’s meeting, I’ve attached notes along with upcoming events you’ll want to put on your calendar. Also included are links to useful websites. If you have activity announcements or other information you’d like to share in this newsletter, please email Barbara@UnitingCaregivers.com. By assisting others with their puzzle, we get a clearer view of our own.
FREE SUPPORT GROUPS AVAILABLE IN THE SALT LAKE VALLEY
April 11, 2017 – Brain Injury Alliance Support Group for Adults, 6-8 p.m. Meets every 2nd Tuesday monthly at Sanderson Community Deaf Center, 5709 South 1500 West, SLC, UT 84123
This is a social group where dinner is enjoyed together and then games played or crafts made. All caregivers and survivors are welcome. For more information call: Jennifer (801) 468-0027 or Beth (801) 585-5511
April 20, 2017: Caring For the Caregivers Group, 7-8 p.m. Meets every 3rd Thursday monthly at Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) 5171 S, Cottonwood St., Bldg. 1 Floor 7 Murray, UT 84107
The presenter for this night is Lauri Schoenfeld. Her topic is Embracing Fear to Move Forward. Lauri is a wife, mother of three, writer, child abuse survivor, scoliosis survivor and has dealt with massive depression. She will address what holds us back and how to overcome it so we can be our best selves. She is positive, fun and energetic. You’ll be glad you came.
April 20, 2017 – Brain Injury and Stroke Survivor Group 7-8 p.m. Meets every 3rd Thursday monthly at Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) 5171 S, Cottonwood St., Bldg. 1 Floor 9 Murray, UT 84107
The presenter for this night is Cara Camiolo Reddy, MD, MMM. Her topic is Managing Mood and Fatigue. She is a new Neuro Rehabilitation Specialist and her favorite thing to remedy is neuro fatigue.
April 25, 2017 – University of Utah Brain Injury Support Group 7 p.m. Meets every 4th Tuesday monthly at Sugarhouse Health Center (801) 581-2221 1138 E. Wilmington Avenue
FREE WEEKLY GROUPS offered through INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTH CARE NEURO THERAPY SERVICES
Aphasia Talking Practice Group – Meets every Tuesday Noon-1 p.m. 5770 South 250 East #G50
Cognitive Skills Group – Meets every Thursday Noon-1 p.m. 5770 South 250 East #G50
Meditation Group – Meets every Wednesday 3 p.m. 5770 South 250 East Cafeteria Conference Room
Contact: Dr. Russo at email@example.com
Epilepsy Groups for those affected by seizures.
Together we share coping strategies, provide encouragement, comfort and advice from people with common experiences. For more information contact Margo @ (801) 455-6089 or Utah@efa.org
April 6, 2017 – Epilepsy Group for Parents 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Meets every 1st Thursday of the month Riverton Library Auditorium 12877 S. 1830 W., Riverton, Ut.
April 13, 2017 – Epilepsy Group for All Effected by Seizures 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month Intermountain Medical Center (IMC) 5171 S. Cottonwood St., Bldg. 1, Ninth Floor, Murray, UT 84107
April 19, 2017 – Epilepsy Group for All Effected by Seizures 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Meets every 3rd Wednesday of the month SLC Main Library 200 E. 400 S., SLC, UT (2nd floor conference room)
Sorry, cancelled this month – Epilepsy Group for Women Only 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. Meets every 4th Thursday of the month SLC Main Library 200 E. 400 S. (3rd floor conference room)
May 24, 2017 – Epilepsy Group for Teens 7 p.m. Will meet the 4th Wednesday monthly West Jordan Library
NOTES FROM MARCH MEETING’S
Brain Injury Alliance Support Group for Adults met Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at the Sanderson Community Deaf Center located 5709 South 1500 West
This social group enjoyed delicious meatball sandwiches together. Afterwards they played board games. All caregivers and survivors are welcome. Thank you Jennifer Gee and Beth Cardell for doing a great job directing this group. For more information call: Jennifer (801) 468-0027 or Beth (801) 585-5511.
Caring For the Caregivers Group plus the Brain Injury & Stroke Survivor Group Thursday, March 16, 2017 Speakers: Greg and Laura Nordfelt their topic was Nurturing Relationships After Brain Injury
The Nordfelt’s spoke candidly about their personal experiences in regard to family and friend’s relationships. The turned down meals, visits and other offers of help because they were overwhelmed with their new situations and were fiercely independent, resulting in friends and family giving them the space they thought they wanted or needed for healing. This left them feeling neglected, ignored, lonely, abandoned, isolated, disrespected, unsupported and misunderstood. They overcame those feelings by reaching out to others, making new friends and mending broken relationships.
For more detail on their presentation see articles:
What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger, part 1
What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger, part 2
BIAU 5K Run, Walk & Roll
Date: May 20, 2017
Time: 8 am
Place: Liberty Park – 650 E. 1300 S., Salt Lake City
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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