03/29/2010

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
WVU to hold educational luncheon and webinar March 31

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Services program at the Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) at West Virginia University is hosting a lunch and webinar for brain injury survivors, families, and area service agencies on Wed., March 31. The luncheon begins at 1 p.m., followed by TBI survivor stories and the webinar at the CED.

The title of the program is “Why do we see personality changes after TBI?” Personality changes after a traumatic brain injury can vary from person to person and affect the whole family. Depending on the extent and location of the injury, impairments caused by a brain injury can vary widely. Among the most common impairments are difficulties with memory, mood, and concentration. Others include significant deficits in organizational and reasoning skills, learning, cognitive and executive functions.

Every year, as a result of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):
3,600 West Virginians are hospitalized
700 West Virginians die
600 West Virginians experience long term disabilities

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and the 2010 campaign theme is “Concussion is a brain injury. Get the facts.”

For more information, see www.cedwvu.org/programs/tbi.

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Note to editors: Before the webinar, reporters are invited to interview TBI program staff and participants. Local residents who live with brain injuries will be available to talk about their experiences.
 

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
kf: 03-29-10

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