National Nurses Week is May 6-12. Thank you to all of the hard working nurses out there. We think our nurses are superheroes! Read more about Nurses Week here.
BRAIN INJURY FACTS AND STATISTICS
Help raise awareness through the #NotAloneinBrainInjury campaign!
More than 3.5 million children and adults sustain an acquired brain injury (ABI) each year, but the total incidence is unknown.
An ABI is any injury to the brain that is not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a subset of ABI and is caused by trauma to the brain from an external force.
At least 2.5 million children and adults sustain TBIs in the U.S. each year: 2.2 million are treated in emergency departments for TBI each year.
280,000 are hospitalized for TBI each year.
50,000 die because of TBI each year.
The number of people who sustain TBIs and do not seek treatment is unknown.
Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a TBI.
One of every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a TBI-related disability.
Every day, 137 people in the U.S. die because of a TBI-related injury.
There are many causes of TBI: Falls – 40.5%
Struck by/against – 15.5%
Motor vehicle – 14.3%
Assaults – 10.7%
Unknown – 19%
At least 5.3 million Americans live with TBI-related disabilities.
When someone sustains a brain injury, many people are affected: Survivors and their parents, spouses, siblings, extended families, and friends
Healthcare providers, including surgeons, physicians, counselors, rehab therapists, social workers, and personal care attendants
Insurance companies that issue auto accident, individual, and group health, disability, life and re-insurance policies
Attorneys of all types, including those who handle personal injury, insurance and disability claims, civil rights/discrimination, domestic actions, wills, estates, and trusts
Educators at every level, but especially special education teachers and those who prepare America’s future healthcare workforce
Government agencies that administer health and social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), vocational rehab.
Alexa Canady was the first woman and first African American to become a Neurosurgeon in America. The daughter of a doctor and a teacher, she grew up outside of Lansing, Michigan with her brother. The two were the only African American students in their school. Despite the odds and obstacles in her way, Canady excelled academically. She attended University of Michigan medical school, interned at Yale University, and was a Neurosurgery resident at the University of Minnesota before becoming the Chief of Neurosurgery at the Children's Hospital Detroit, Michigan in 1987 at the age of 36. Dr. Canady served in that role until retiring 18 years later. She is known for her excellent patient care and advancing the field of neurosurgery with new techniques. She was recognized by her home state and admitted to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
NeuroRehab Services is grateful to all those who have helped advance the fields of medicine and patient care. To learn more about African American heroes in medicine, click here.
Almost fifty years ago, Craig J. Phillips sustained a traumatic brain injury. He earned a graduate degree in rehabilitation counseling in 1990 from the University of Kentucky and has made a lifetime commitment educating people about TBI. He is also a TBI advocate who has an extensive website, Second Chance to Live, full of resources. To date, the site includes:Check out Craig's story and resource center here.
Congratulations Craig on your accomplishments and for educating so many people!
National Patient Recognition Week is celebrated the first week of February each year, with February 3 being National Patient Recognition Day.
This week recognition was founded in 1995 to honor patients and give healthcare organizations the opportunity to "demonstrate that patients' needs go beyond the technical aspects of care to include compassion, empathy, and connection."
During Patient Recognition Week and every week at NeuroRehab Services, we honor our patients by providing each one with a customized approach to healing and addressing their traumatic brain injuries. We take the patient, family and loved ones into account when preparing and executing treatment plans and establishing goals. Together we maximize outcomes for all involved.
At some time in our lives, every one of us has been a patient. It’s likely that each of will be a patient again in the future. Caring for our patients and our loved ones during recovery takes continual commitment. Patient Recognition Week reminds us and healthcare professionals to renew their commitment to patient care beyond treating an illness.
NeuroRehab Services cares about our patients’ recovery. We renew our commitment to our patients and continually reaffirm our core values:
New evidence this month links the Mediterranean diet to a “healthier and younger” brain, which keeps more volume as its age. This is not the first study to back this easy-to-follow diet, which is recommended by the American Alzheimer Association, for its help in maintaining memory and cognitive function as our brains age. The diet has also been linked to reducing your risk of Parkinson’s disease, cancer, type-2 diabetes, and a healthy weight. The Mediterranean diet includes incorporating whole, unprocessed foods into your diet and limiting most dairy and red meat.
The Mediterranean diet is easier to follow than you think! Foods on this diet include:
Easy snacks to boost your brain function and fuel your body throughout your day:
Increasingly, the idea of “food as medicine” is being embraced by the medical community. NeuroRehab Services incorporates the Mediterranean diet into our Mind, Body, Spirit approach to health and helping you. NRS treats the whole person and addresses root causes when addressing brain injuries. Contact us today to see how we can help!
As NPR reported recently, “2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science”. We are confident that 2017 will be another great year for understanding the brain and helping our patients with brain traumas heal.
Whether you make New Year resolutions or not, most of us agree that the passing of a year and changing of the date is the perfect opportunity to analyze our priorities and focus on the future. We often think of how good (or bad) the last year was to us, what we accomplished (or didn’t), and who we met, helped, or lost along the way. Each year, the Nielsen company surveys Americans for their top New Year’s Resolutions. Can you guess what the top 5 are? Not surprisingly, they all fit into the following categories:
Spend less, save more money
Enjoy life to the fullest
Spend more time with family
Even if you are not the type to make resolutions, it’s safe to say that most of us want all these things for ourselves and for our friends and family. All of these things are good for our health, both emotionally and physically, and especially for our brains.
If you’re not a new year’s resolution person, check out these easy-to-keep resolutions that are achievable with minimum effort and little-to-no cost!
1. Drink more water
2. Sleep more
3. Sit less and stand more
4. Lighten up—and laugh more
5. Go for a walk
6. Practice kindness
For those of us who make resolutions and want to keep them, Neuro Rehab Services offer these tips:
However you choose to celebrate the New Year—2017—may it be filled with health and happiness! From your friends at NeuroRehab Services.
Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday and a joyful New Year! Best wishes from your friends at NeuroRehab Services.
From our family at NeuroRehab Services to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy time with your loved ones.
To all Veterans, thank you for your service. We appreciate you everyday.
We believe that soldiers should never be left behind on the battlefield or once they return home with neurologic injuries. We are committed to helping Vets return to their former abilities or help them relearn or gain compensatory skills to reengage and succeed in life. Our unique approach of civilian and military rehabilitation techniques results in successful recovery.
Thank you for your service!
NeuroRehab Services is Veteran owned and operated. Read more about our commitment to Veterans.