Please join us on Oct. 21, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the Brain Injury Alliance of New Mexico’s annual conference, “Living to Tell Your Story.” This is a wonderful opportunity to feel accepted and understood, to connect with others with BI, and to learn more about thriving with BI. Caregivers, you will also gain support, learn about self-care options, and feel connected with others who understand your challenges. There will be two tracks: one for people living with BI and one for caregivers of people living with BI. Seminars for people living with BI will include cognitive skill building, anger control, self-care, building your team, and telling your story. Equally informative seminars for caregivers will also be held. The conference will be held at the Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education on the North campus of the University of New Mexico. Please access this map and park in M Lot, on the Southeast corner of Yale Blvd NE and Tucker Ave NE. Then head to the very far Southeast corner of this parking lot, and look for a volunteer who will direct you to the Domenici Center. The conference is free. Donations gratefully accepted.
Link for map to Domenici Center for Health Sciences: https://tinyurl.com/y83j22xd
Our 2016 conference was a success, and we thank our community, volunteers, and sponsors for your attendance and support. Our conference theme was Surviving to Thriving and included CDC’s recent opinion that brain injury is a chronic medical condition that requires treatment over the life span. There were 3 tracks: persons living with brain injury, care-givers, and professionals. Ms. Garcia shared her story of recovery, Ken Collins presented on anger management, Dr. Jessica Richardson presented on self-care tips for care-givers, Dr. Clark presented on diagnosis and treatment in the primary care setting, Dr. Durham and Ms. S. Danziger, CCC-SLP presented on treatment options for persons living with brain injury after they’ve been diagnosed, and Dr. Davin Quinn moderated the discussion on treatment after diagnosis.
The professional track provided professionals information on how to screen, diagnose and follow persons living with brain injury in the primary care setting and the treatment options available for the primary care professional to consider in making referrals for care and improving outcome.
There were two panel discussions, one on tips for healthy living for persons living with brain injury and one on tips to navigate the system and get what you need for care-givers of persons living with brain injury. We are concerned about the stress on care-givers and hope to offer some support and tips on how to thrive.