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Join in a Virtual Workshop

New this fall, we will be offering “Virtual” workshops via the Ontario Telemedicine Network. Join us for an online workshop “The Top 5 Challenges to Meeting Brain Injury Survivors Needs” on Wednesday August 20th, from 12 – 1 pm. Tune in for an hour of interactive brain injury education, from the comfort of your own office. You can view from any computer or OTN site. Appropriately accommodating a brain injury survivor’s needs can be a challenging task to community service providers. Join in a brief exploration of common cognitive issues and strategies to manage them effectively. Give yourself the tools to help engage and support your clients effectively.

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Wondering About your Brain Health?

I have often fielded the question of “What will happen to me as I get older” from individuals who have sustained a brain injury. They are often concerned about developing Alzheimer or other types of dementia as they age. Although there is never a black or white answer, research has developed a new tool to help better predict when concerns are warranted. Cogniciti Inc., a for-profit brain health solutions company and Bayshore Health Sciences, located in Toronto, have developed a free online brain health test that will help those in the 50 to 79 age bracket put their worries about memory changes to rest.

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Join in Brain Injury Survivor and Family Education Groups from Your Own Home!

After a brain injury occurs, the survivor and their family members may find themselves with unanswered questions, even months or years down the road. Finding the right information can be hard, especially if traveling to services is difficult. In response to these situations, Parkwoods Hospital, based in London Ontario has created a video archive of presentations to their ABI Survivor and Family Education Group. Topics include dealing with anger and frustration, fatigue, pain, nutrition, coping strategies, addiction, and much more. You can watch from any computer with internet, at your own pace.

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March of Dimes Host “Living with a Disability” Event June 18

June is becoming a very busy month! The March of Dimes has announced they will be hosting a “Living with a Disability” Conference on June 18, at St. Lawrence College in Kingston. The intended audience is anyone living with a disability, including but not limited to acquired brain injury…

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Slip Away for a Day at the “Soul Spa”

In need of a breather? Why not make plans June 14th to visit the “Soul Spa” in Belleville. The “Think Pink” group of the Brain Injury Association of Quinte District is hosting this one day event, featuring guest speakers, free mini-spa treatments, speakers, spa market, and vendors. Think Pink is a group of women who are brain injury survivors, who have come together to support one another. The group is fully participatory in which group members are responsible for planning, fundraising, and running the program. Tickets for the full day event are $35 which includes all of the above, plus lunch and snacks. To get your ticket or learn more, contact the Association at 613-967-2756 or [email protected]

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Brain Injury Awareness Month Events

It’s nearly June which is recognized as Brain Injury Awareness Month. There are many events happening locally for all to take part in. The Quinte District Brain Injury Association is featuring a “Celebrating Success” art exhibit at the Belleville Public Library which runs from June 9- 27. You can meet the artists at the opening reception June 12th from 4 – 6 pm. There will also be Walks happening in the communities of Belleville (June 28th), Brockville (June 11th) and Kingston (June 11th). If you’re not walking, you might consider another event on June 11th. The Vista Centre in Ottawa is hosting a Brain Injury Awareness Day with many speakers and activities. You can learn more by contacting [email protected]

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New Group Takes Action After Concussion

Although most individuals with a concussion will make a quick recovery, research shows that approximately 1 in 10 will continue to experience symptoms long term and may have trouble meeting the demands of daily life. Traditionally, Community Brain Injury Services have focused on the needs of people with moderate and severe brain injuries, but in recent times have found an increasing demand for services after concussion. Due to this need, they will be partnering with local health services across southeastern Ontario to offer the Post Concussion Action Group…

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Walk With Us: Brain Injury Awareness Walks

To celebrate Brain Injury Awareness Month in June you can join in a number of walks happening right across Southeastern Ontario. Walks will occur in Brockville and Kingston on June 11, and in Belleville June 28th. The slogan “Walk With Us” means so much more than just getting together for the day. Brain Injury is a life long journey for survivors, along with their families, friends, and other supporters.

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Belleville Brain Injury Conference “A Unique Journey”

Mark you calendars! May 15, 2014 is the day for the annual conference hosted by the Brain Injury Association Quinte District. This year’s theme is “Acquired Brain Injury, A Unique Journey”. Dr. Lucie Pelland, from Queens School of Rehabilitation Therapy will be featured as keynote speaker.

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Learning about the Effects of Epilepsy

Interested in learning more about the cognitive side effects of epilepsy? On Tuesday April 29th at 7 pm The Epilepsy and Seizure Disorder Resource Centre will host a special speaker night presentation with guest speaker Dr. Lisa Lomax, neurologist with Kingston General Hospital

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Psychiatry Expertise for ABI Now Available!

We are very pleased to welcome psychiatrist Dr. Al-Mousawi to the Regional Community Brain Injury Services (RCBIS) team. For many years it has been a struggle to find appropriate psychiatric services for individuals with ABI who have mental health symptoms. Although family doctors and community mental health services are typically the first stop for support, brain injury can necessitate greater expertise in prescribing treatment options.

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Conference for Survivors with a Humourous Twist

We’re counting down the days – just 28 more until Lois McElravy joins us in Kingston. On March 27th, Lois will share her wisdom in our regional conference for ABI survivors, family members and helping professionals. Her theme “Survive and Thrive with Humour, Hope, and Happiness” helps us to focus on looking for the funny side of life…

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Living with Stroke?

Dealing with the changes that come after a stroke can be hard on both the individual and family involved. The Heart and Stroke Foundation will be offering a 6 week educational group in Kingston for recent stroke survivors and caregivers

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Substance Use, Mental Health, and Brain Injury with Dr. Carolyn Lemsky

I’m pleased to announce another training opportunity for professionals. Dr. Lemsky, director of the Substance Use and Brain Injury Bridging Project will be providing insights into treating individuals with comorbid diagnoses, including those accessing services for additions, mental health, homelessness, and brain injury

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Yoga Classes Provided by the Brain Injury Association of Quinte and District

The Brain Injury Association of Quinte and District is introducing a new activity this winter. The Yoga Fit group will run on Mondays at their new office at the Core Centre, 223 Pinnacle Street, Belleville. It is totally free and everyone is welcome.

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Concussion recovery delayed by mental activity, study shows

CBC News has reported on a new study finding that young people may delay their recovery from concussion sympoms dramatically, as a result of participating in strenous mental activities. While youth who avoided too much mental stimulation took on average 20 to 50 days to fully recover, those who participated in a high level of mental activity took an average of 100.

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Spring workshop with a focus on survivors!

This March, RCBIS will host “Survive and Thrive with Humour, Hope, and Happiness”, a workshop for brain injury survivors, their family members, and professionals. Internationally renowned motivational speaker Lois McElravy shares her own story as a brain injury survivor, and her strategies to employ humour to help cope with life’s challenges. Spots for brain injury survivors and their family members are FREE, and shuttle transportation will be available from neighbouring cities of Belleville, Brockville and Smiths Falls.

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Forget big change, start with a tiny habit

I’ve been watching quite a bit of YouTube lately in the search for the next great brain injury speaker to invite to our neck of the woods. Although I’m not ready to announce the details for our next conference, I am excited to share a great concept from a fellow named BJ Fogg using tiny habits like flossing 1 tooth, to lead towards bigger habits (I’m assuming in this case you’d eventually want to get your whole mouth clean). It’s a simple concept, really, but also amazingly powerful when you think about it.

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System Navigation honoured with City of Kingston Access Award

Last Tuesday members of the System Navigation team attended the City of Kingston Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee 2013 Access Awards. As the ceremony began and nomintees were listed, we heard of the many creative and compassionate ways that individuals and organizations had responded…

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Conference Deadline Extended!

Spaces are still available for the RCBIS “Crossing the Contiuum” Conference for family and friends of people with brain injuries. The annual conference is a chance for family members to connect with each other as well as learn more about coping with an ABI. The day features a pannel discussion in the morning, followed by lunch and an afternoon of small group discussions. Registration is FREE but must be reserved in advance, so sign up today!

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