Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
Here are the 5 things we thought were
worth sharing with you this week:
5) #5ThoughtsFriday is One Year Old.
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The United States is in the midst of an epidemic of morbidity and mortality due to prescription opioid use.  Over the past 15 years the number of prescription opioid analgesic medications sold in the United States has quadrupled, yet the amount of pain or disability that Americans experience has remained unchanged.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that from 2000 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died from overdoses related to prescription opioid use.

The identification of specific populations that rely heavily on opioids is of strategic importance for risk mitigation efforts. For instance, attention has focused on patients recovering from trauma and surgery,among whom poor coping strategies werassociated with long-term reliance on opioids

Despite the increase in the prevalence of mental health disorders and the importance of tracking use of prescription opioids nationally, the extent to which U.S. adults with mental health disorders use prescription opioids has not been thoroughly examined

Read more on this very important study?  CLICK HERE
BIAMD's Newest Event
What a great way to wind down Summer, crank up Fall, and help us start a new BIAMD tradition full of food, folks, and fun.

Check out the Key Brewery's Taphouse, pick crabs to your heart's content, maybe win some prizes, and doing it all for a great cause.  

This event is designed to support the Brain Injury Association's Maryland Brain Injury Connection Center (1.800.221.6443) which receives over 300 calls a month from all over the country.

Please join us at this inaugural BIAMD party!  



September 10, 2017

1 - 4 pm


Key Brewery Taphouse

2500 Grays Road

Dundalk, MD 21222


All-You-Can-Eat Crabs

Crab Soup

Hot Dogs


Baked Beans


Mashed Potatoes

Soft Drinks

Beer & Wine for Purchase


Early-Bird Pricing: (Until 11:30 PM, August 28, 2017)

Individuals: $65.00

Table of 8: $400.00

  Christopher Smith for The New York Times

For years, Marcy Sherman-Lewis went to a beauty salon in St. Joseph, Mo., every few weeks for a haircut and highlights.

It had become something of an ordeal to prepare her husband, Gene Lewis, for this outing; he has Alzheimer’s disease, at 79, and helping him shower and dress, insert hearing aids and climb into the car was a very slow process.

But she could no longer leave him at home alone. And once at the salon, “he just sat, watched TV, slept — didn’t bother anybody,” said Ms. Sherman-Lewis, 62. Her stylist kindly trimmed his hair, too.

Then last month, the salon owner took Ms. Sherman-Lewis aside. “Marcy, he makes my other patrons awfully uncomfortable,” she said.

“I was dumbfounded,” Ms. Sherman-Lewis said. “It’s O.K. for other people’s little grandchildren to be running around sometimes. What am I supposed to do, keep him in a crate in the car?”

Please read about this common challenge for all caregivers,  CLICK HERE.  
  2) What We Are Reading That You Might Enjoy...

Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Dufu began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others―freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.

Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only eighteen per cent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others―only then can they focus on what they truly care about, devote the necessary energy to achieving their real goals, and create the type of rich, rewarding life we all desire.

For The Book,  CLICK HERE.

  (If you decide to buy anything mentioned in #5ThoughtsFriday, don't forget to use  Amazon Smile  and select the Brain Injury Association of Maryland as your donation beneficiary.) 
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."

September 6-7, 2017

201 Waterfront Street
Oxon Hill, Maryland 20745
BrainFutures 2017 is a one-and-a-half-day conference featuring renowned leaders sharing research-to-practice innovation to optimize brain health and transform mental health care.

Established in 2016, BrainFutures is a non-profit organization providing a "one-stop-shop" for rigorous and unbiased information about advances in brain health resulting from breakthroughs in understanding neuroplasticity of the brain. We focus on two key areas:

Advances in treatments and programs that produce superior results combining digital therapies and new medications with self-care strategies including mindfulness, exercise, diet and fitness.

Digital and self-care strategies involving brain fitness that strengthen neural networks, and improve brain health and functioning.

For more informaiton, or to Register, CLICK HERE. 
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