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Winter Safety Tips to Protect Against TBI

Snowy sports like downhill skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey can increase the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Be safe this winter with these expert-approved tips. For more information about TBI, visit our archives.

 

How Caregivers Care for Themselves

Lonnie Ali has cared for her husband, boxing champ Muhammad Ali, for more than 20 years--ever since he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. She's learned a thing or two about caregiving in that time. Read her tips here. For more stories about caregiving, visit our archives.

 

National Birth Defects Awareness Month

Birth defects are "common, costly, and critical," according to the National Birth Defect Prevention Network, a site that provides tips for protecting your pregnancy. For advice on how to advocate for a child with a disability, read our feature on actors Marianne and Chris Cooper whose son was born with cerebral palsy and spastic paraplegia and who died from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy 10 years ago. For more about caring for an adult with disabilities, read our feature on Elizabeth Espinosa, a television reporter and radio personality whose brother is non-verbal and has a brain injury.

 

Finding Humor in Cerebral Palsy

Josh Blue is a working comedian who won NBC's Last Comic Standing in 2006. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was around 1 year old, Blue has been getting comic mileage out of his disabilities on stages around the world. He says he uses humor to showcase disability in a positive way. Read more about Josh Blue here. For more about cerebral palsy, visit our archives.

 

Marriage on the Mend

Many couples struggle to save their marriage after one partner has a traumatic brain injury. Jeffrey Kreutzer, PhD. director of neuropsychology and rehabilitation psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and director of Virginia's Traumatic Brain Injury Model System has studied the effect of TBI on relationships for almost 30 years. Based on his experience and observation, Dr. Kreutzer has developed strategies to help couples improve their relationships. For more information, click here.

 

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HELP FOR ALL NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS

American Academy of Neurology website
aan.com/patients
1-800-879-1960

CaringBridge® (free, personalized Web sites to support your health journey)
Caringbridge.org
651-452-7940

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
ninds.nih.gov

NINDS Clinical Trial Finder
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/clinicaltrials_us.htm

Well Spouse Association
wellspouse.org
1-800-838-0879

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