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About the Group

. . . It brings together individuals who have experienced brain injury, their families, friends and interested healthcare professionals.

. . . It was formed due to the mutual frustration and sense of helplessness experienced by families and professionals in their search for appropriate resources and support in returning the survivor to maximum functioning potential.

. . . It can help alleviate feelings of isolation and uncertainty of how to cope with problems resulting from brain injury through sharing of experiences, information, hope and encouragement.

. . . It provides opportunities for educational programs related to brain injury and the associated recovery process.

. . . It is designed not only for families and survivors of moderate and severe brain injury but also for individuals who have had a mild brain injury (concussion, contusion, etc.).

Facts

  • Every year in the United States, more than two million people sustain a traumatic brain injury - one occurring every 15 seconds. Every five minutes, one individual will die and another will become permanently disabled.
  • Of those who survive traumatic brain injury, approximately 70,000 - 90,000 will endure lifelong debilitating loss of function including life-altering intellectual, physical and emotional disabilities. An additional 2,000 will exist in a persistent vegetative state.
  • Traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in people under age 34. Males are more likely than females to suffer serious head injuries while young men (ages 15-24) have the highest rate of traumatic brain injury.
  • A survivor of a severe brain injury typically faces five to 10 years of intensive rehabilitation services; estimated lifetime cost can exceed
    $4 million.

Causes

  • Motor vehicle accidents cause 50% of all traumatic brain injuries; falls account for 21%; assaults and violence 12%; and sports/recreation 10%.
  • Child abuse accounts for 64% of infant brain injuries.
  • Brain damage/injury may also occur as a result of cerebral hemorrhage, tumors, brain infection or a lack of oxygen to the brain.

 

Meetings

For more information regarding dates and times of meetings or to be added to the mailing list, contact the James H. & Cecile C. Quillen Rehabilitation Hospital at 423-952-1700. Special events and changes in time, location and/or dates of meetings are communicated by newsletter.

Other Resources

Brain Injury Association of Tennessee
151 Athens Way, Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37228
Phone: 1-877-757-2428
Web: http://www.braininjurytn.org

Brain Injury Association of America (National Office)
1608 Spring Hill Road, Suite 110
Vienna, VA 22182
Phone: 703-236-6000
Toll-free: 1-800-444-6443
Web: http://www.biausa.org

Membership

Membership is open to survivors, their family members and friends as well as concerned professionals. No dues or fees are required.

 

Possible Consequences

Physical:
Impairments of speech production and vision, hearing and swallowing, headaches, muscle spasticity, paralysis and seizure disorders.

Cognitive:
Memory deficits, limited attention and concentration, impaired visual perception and communication, difficulties with reading, writing, problem solving, planning and judgment.Psychological - Social -

Behavioral - Emotional:
Fatigue, mood swings, anxiety, depression, denial, sexual dysfunction, lack of motivation, problems with interpersonal skills.