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“Welcome to my World” Living daily life with a Traumatic Brain Injury Kelli Schoen- TBI Survivor Janet Spires, RN.

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1 “Welcome to my World” Living daily life with a Traumatic Brain Injury Kelli Schoen- TBI Survivor Janet Spires, RN

2 Facts about TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY How many people have TBI? 1.4 million in US each year sustain a TBI 50,000 die 235,000 are hospitalized 1.1 million are treated and released from the ER Cases not seen or treated-unknown LEADING CAUSES Falls-28% MVA-20% Struck by/against-19% Assaults- 11% HIGHEST RISKS Males 1.5 times more likely than females Highest age groups- 0-4 and COSTS Direct and indirect costs of TBI totaled an estimated $60 billion in the US in 2004

3 Traumatic Brain Injury TBI is an insult to the brain, not of a degenerative or congenital nature but caused by an external physical force, that may produce a diminished or altered state of consciousness, which results in an impairment of cognitive abilities and/or physical functioning. It also can result in the disturbance of behavioral or emotional functioning. These impairments may be either temporary or permanent and cause partial or total functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment. Acquired Brain Injury An ABI is an injury to the brain that has occurred after birth and is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative. The injury commonly results in a change in neuronal activity, which affects the physical integrity, the metabolic activity or the functional ability of the cell. This term does refer to brain injuries induced by birth trauma. Examples: tumors, clots, strokes, infection(encephalitis, meningitis) seizures, toxic exposures(substance abuse, lead), lack of O2(airway obstruction, strangulation, drowning,carbon monoxide poisoning)

4 Why is Memory Important? Safety Self Esteem Learning New Material Socialization

5 COGNITIVE Memory issues Perceptual problems Concentration Lack of initiation Comprehension/understanding Expressive difficulties Sequencing problems Slowed response Inflexibility Disorganization Problem solving difficulties

6 Cognitive Disabilities Acquired Brain Injury Mental Retardation Medication Autism Chronic Pain Ageing Degenerative Neuro- Diseases (MS, ALS) Cerebral Palsy Diabetes Mental Illness Drug and Alcohol Abuse Developmental Disabilities 6

7 What is Memory? Memory is … an integral part of what makes us human. Memories connect us to the past and guide us through the future. They provide us with continuity and enable us to make sense of our world. ” Weinstein, 1995

8 “Old School” Memory Aides Notebooks Post –its Daily calendars

9 “Welcome to my World” Using technology to assist in memory How my world changed

10 Technologies I use Internet GPS Bluetooth Smart pen I Pad, I Touch E cigarette

11 Other technologies available Cell phones Watches I books

12 Questions?????


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