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On behalf of our Board of Directors, we are excited to announce that Howard T. Katz, MD with Gulf States Physical Medicine, Frank Culicchia, MD with Culicchia Neurological Clinic, and Korak Sarkar, MD with Ochsner Health System have joined our newly created advisory board. We appreciate their passion to help individuals with brain and/or spinal cord injuries and look forward to learning from their guidance and expertise. Their support of our organization is greatly appreciated.
A Connections Circle bowling event was held on August 15th ... The SMILES say it all! Thank you, to UroStat Healthcare, for sponsoring such a wonderful, fun-filled evening.

MARCH 27-28, 2020.

Sign up for “Ready, Relax, Eat”
A New Program for Caregivers Launching in Fall 2019

A loved one’s brain injury or spinal cord injury has a ripple effect on the entire family.
We have  spent months meeting with caregivers to determine some of their most pressing needs. One of the primary desires they often cite is respite – a break from caregiving duties – including relief from meal preparation.

That’s why BIALA has created “Ready, Relax, Eat” to give caregivers a respite from meal preparation periodically from month to month. We will launch this in the fall as a pilot project in the greater New Orleans area, then expand to other areas of the state as funding permits.
Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2020 competition will be held on
November 2, 2019 at Baton Rouge Rehab Hospital. This program is about advocacy and education.

Thank you to NuMotion Foundation for sponsoring our event and to Baton Rouge Rehabilitation Hospital for hosting the event.
I n conjunction with Touro Infirmary Foundation's Bowling for Brain Injury event , we will be hosting a Connections Circle event for individuals with brain injuries . Join us from 3:30 - 4:30 for an enrichment talk and then stay after to bowl. Registration is required and is open to the first 20 registrants. Please send an email to kim@biala.org to register. Thank you to Touro Infirmary Foundation for hosting the bowling event and to NeuroRehab Care for sponsoring the event.
September is Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Awareness month. Visit our Facebook page each day for a fact or tip about SCI. www.facebook.com/braininjuryla/

Mental Well-Being of FamilyCaregivers
Science Probes How Positive and Negative Aspects of Caregiving Affect Health  

Self-Care for Caregivers
As science continues to sort out the best interventions to improve the health of caregivers, there are a number of strategies caregiving research suggests can help ease the burden of caregiving and reduce stress.

  •  Establish a support network of people you can turn to for help.
  •  Recognize what aspects of your duties you can feel in control of and which you cannot control, and explore ways to increase a level of control where possible.
  •  Focus on the positive aspects of your caregiving role.
  •  Coordinate respite periods so you can take necessary breaks from caregiving duties.
  •  Pursue your own interests and maintain activities that bring you joy and satisfaction.
  •  Tend to your mental and emotional health by incorporating stress-management practices into your day-to-day life such as relaxation therapies or activities that bring you comfort, such as journaling or pursuing hobbies.
  • Seek out social interaction. Avoid becoming isolated in your caregiving role. Maintain social connections in whatever way you can, whether it’s meeting a friend for coffee or staying in touch with relations via social media.
  •  Eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep. These simple maxims of self-care may be anything but simple in the context of caregiving, but they can also help you maintain wellness and vitality so you can better serve the needs of your loved one.
September is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month, a month used to inform, educate communities and pursue a greater quality of life for people with disabilities and circumstances influenced by spinal cord injuries.

There are 17,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year. Each case is unique and affects the person’s life in a different way.

The spinal cord is responsible for sending messages from the brain to all parts of the body. It also sends messages from the body to the brain. We’re able to perceive pain and move our limbs because of messages sent through the spinal cord.If the spinal cord sustains an injury, some or all of these messages may not be able to “get through.”

Spinal cord injuries can be complete or incomplete. With a complete spinal cord injury, the cord is unable to send signals below the level of the injury. As a result, you are  paralyzed  below the injury. With an incomplete injury, you can have some movement and sensation below the injury.

If you are an individual living with a traumatic brain and/or spinal cord injury, are a resident of Louisiana, and was domiciled in Louisiana at the time of your accident, you may qualify for the Traumatic Head and Spinal Cord Injury (THSCI) Trust Fund Program. This program is offered through the Louisiana Department of Health's office of Aging and Adult Services. The THSCI program assists people to return to a reasonable level of functioning and independent living in their communities. For more information, eligibility criteria, and application, click on the tab below. Feel free to email kim@biala.org for additional assistance.
Motivational Moment

If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.
- Napoleon Hill
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