Holiday Challenges With a Brain Injury
We are now in the middle of the holiday season which can challenge those of us with an injured brain. It is a time when so much more is expected of us than most other times of the year. We along with our loved ones, friends and caregivers should all remember that it’s best to simplify so we can enjoy things more. It’s been nearly 9 years since my brain injury and I’m doing much better but I have to remind myself to keep things simple instead of doing all the things I “should” do, or the things I did before my injury.
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Do you know what you like in your coffee? It’s probably cream and sugar, or maybe it’s black and strong?
In your life, you have probably given your coffee order more than a million times. This order might seem like a simple statement, one you might even take for granted, but it’s the key to a good morning.
Amy Edmunds, a stroke survivor, is a globally recognised advocate of young adult stroke patients. Her group – YoungStroke, Inc., is a 501 c3 non-profit advocacy organisation that evolved from her graduate research to extend understanding of the stroke experience among young adults and their
Referring to young stroke survivors in her article “Speak Up and Speak Out”, she says:
When stroke leaves a young adult with aphasia, the sudden loss of ability to communicate imposes hardships upon social and workplace relationships which differ from geriatric stroke survivors.
Social relationships are often honed during early adulthood as interpersonal evolve during dating and early marriage. Young adults who experience aphasia may forfeit opportunities to build such meaningful, committed relations due to their inability to effectively express emotions
. . . in addition to managing other deficits imposed by stroke. In contrast, many geriatric survivors have already experienced such relationships. Additionally, many have nurtured long-lasting friendships and raised children into adulthood.
Globally, young stroke survivors are an emerging population driven by epidemics of obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Within six years, nearly two million Americans who have suffered a stroke or brain injury will be living with aphasia according to the
American Speech-Language Hearing Association.
The growth in survivors – with stroke or stroke resulting in aphasia, correlates with the formation and growth of Facebook groups specifically for young adults (ages 18 to 50 of age).
Here we identify some of the leading groups for young people with stroke and aphasia.
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