Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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This past summer, BIAMD engaged in its most comprehensive membership strategic plan in over a decade. We polled our membership, and readers of this blog, to determine how we could make becoming and staying a member of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland more attractive, more valuable, and more personally meaningful.

The most popular answer was providing more updates on cutting edge research and the latest in brain injury treatments. We have implemented this request over the past several weeks in #5ThoughtsFridays by working to provide the most up-to-date brain injury research and published studies we can find.

The second, was provide original content on the initiatives and activities of BIAMD. We are proud to announce we are implementing this request today with the first of what we hope to be an ongoing series of original content from BIAMD staff, supporters, donors, and volunteers.

Like #5ThoughtsFridays was over three years ago, this is uncharted territory. We are excited and humbled at the challenges of this endeavor, but are very excited to share our articles, stories, and comments with you.

We hope you enjoy this new initiative, look forward to your feedback, and hope you will consider becoming a member of the BIAMD family, if you are not already.

Your BIAMD Staff
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In late August, BIAMD staff attended the Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Conference in Baltimore, MD. It was exhilarating to learn about cutting-edge programs from around the country and connect with other professionals doing important work in the traumatic brain injury, disability, and older-adult communities.

Among the collection of thought-provoking presentations, Dr. Jean Accius, Vice President of the Long-Term Services and Supports and Livable Communities Group within the AARP Public Policy Institute, presented a study he co-wrote, Home Alone Revisited: Family Caregivers Providing Complex Care. Dr. Accius’s new study expands the landmark Home Alone (2012) study, which was the first national study documenting how family caregivers are managing medical/nursing tasks – such as administering medications, changing dressings, and other tasks usually performed by medical professionals. Upon its release, Home Alone (2012) evoked strong responses from family caregivers, who began actively campaigning for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Additional impacts of the 2012 study included collaborations with the National League for Nursing (NLN) and American Journal of Nursing as well as inclusion of complex tasks in the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s study of family caregivers.

Through BIAMD’s toll-free hotline, staff receive thousands of calls each year from TBI survivors, family members, caregivers, and professionals who are looking for information and resources about TBI. Many calls are from family members and caregivers who are struggling with the complex task of caring for someone with a TBI. Given BIAMD’s constant communication with family members and caregivers, attending Dr. Accius’s presentation was of particular interest to our case management team.

CLICK HERE to finish BIAMD's own Arin Jaye's Original Content Article.

March 26-27, 2020


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In the first version of her story, Grace Costa says that, on the night after Christmas, in 2012, her ex-boyfriend broke into her house, hid behind her bedroom door, and then attacked her as she and her two grown children—a son and a daughter—were about to eat dinner. In the second version, it’s still the night after Christmas, but it might be 2013, and only her daughter is at home with her. There’s a half-eaten apple on the floor of the kitchen; she remembers asking her daughter if she’d thrown it toward the garbage and missed. She also remembers thinking that she’d left the outside light on and then it was off.

Costa (whose name has been changed) describes the night in disjointed phrases. She cries and then stops. She spirals out from the story into another, and it takes some nudging to get her to return to the original. She knows she somehow got wrapped in a cord, and she comes back to this over and over. It was a phone cord, she thinks. “I don’t know where that cord came from,” she says. Then, later, “I don’t know where he got that cord.” Her hands were bound somehow, and then she fell to the ground. She was inside, and then she was outside. She remembers her ex-boyfriend punching her daughter in the face, blood spurting from her nose.

CLICK HERE - to learn more about this tragic link between domestic violence and brain injury.
T he life of a top professional athlete involves hard training, plenty of stress, career-threatening injuries and no shortage of money. But now, some high-profile figures -- think Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Wales rugby union captain Sam Warburton -- have decided at a relatively early age that the glory and the lucre no longer outweigh the pain. The issue of long-lasting injuries, particularly concussion and its ramifications, looms ever larger for anyone looking to take up a contact sport, either as an amateur or a pro. It’s a growing concern for high schools and parents, not to mention the sports leagues that are facing legal suits.

1. What’s the biggest medical issue?

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. It’s a degenerative brain disease, notably found in autopsies of people with a history of repetitive head injuries. That includes both concussions and smaller head impacts that don’t immediately appear dangerous. The condition isn’t necessarily brought on by a blow, or blows, to the head -- collisions between players can cause a head to oscillate at rates quick enough to harm the brain. CTE symptoms include memory loss, depression, problems with impulse control and suicidal tendencies. It’s a major issue for military veterans -- spool back a couple of thousand years and there’s even evidence that Alexander the Great was a victim.

2. What does this mean for sports participation?

Teenagers aren’t expected to put their body on the line quite as much as they once were, whether through their own health concerns or those of their parents or high school. In the U.S., flag versions of football -- in which a defender tries to rip a flag from a ball carrier’s waist -- have gained in popularity. In the six years through 2018, participation in core tackle football has fallen 19% to 2.9 million, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association. It’s a similar story in rugby union, even in New Zealand where the sport is something of an obsession. The number of students there aged 13 to 18 with a “meaningful involvement” in the sport fell 12% from 2014 to 2018. In rugby league, the 13-a-side version with a reputation for being even tougher, the decline is sharper.

CLICK HERE find out more on this evolving issue.
2019 Maryland Rural Health Conference

 Driving Rural Communities towards Equity, Prevention, and Personalized Health Care

Mark your calendars! The Maryland Rural Health Association (MRHA) is pleased to announce the 2019 Maryland Rural Health Conference October 20 – 22, 2019 at the  Harborside Hotel – National Harbor  in Oxon Hill, Maryland.
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What We are Reading We Think
You Might FInd Interesting
How does a superhero handle PTSD?

Welcome to Sanctuary, an ultra-secret hospital for superheroes who've been traumatized by crime-fighting and cosmic combat. But something goes inexplicably wrong when many patients wind up dead, with two well-known operators as the prime suspects: Harley Quinn and Booster Gold! It's up to the DC Trinity of Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to investigate--but can they get the job done in the face of overwhelming opposition?

Superstar comics writer and former CIA operative, Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle) examines the potential long-lasting effects of saving the world in this groundbreaking new graphic novel with jaw-dropping art from the team of Clay Mann and Lee Weeks!

CLICK HERE to find this groundbreaking graphic novel released this week.
5) Quote We Are Contemplating...

 "Don't confuse your path with your destination. Just because it's stormy now doesn't mean that you aren't headed for sunshine." 

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