I was a motivational speaker for the West Virginia activities professionals conference.
The other guest speaker was Theresa Cunningham, who led a lively discussion on the basic brain anatomy and TBI ( Traumatic Brain Injury).
Terry works for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities.
Many activity professional have residents who have suffered brain injuries and it affects how they interact with others and participate in activities.
The discussion talked about the amygdala which controls our emotional response. Damage to the temporal lobe may result in someone not having any emotion or be emotional all the time. This energy and emotion in a long term care environment can cause stress for the residents and needs to be managed. Helping residents channel this emotion is where the activity professional comes in.
Some people who have cognitive disfunction still live at home, thus don't have the support of an activity professional ( or other healthcare professionals).
The Center for Excellence in Disabilities has a program that is free for anyone who has suffered a brain injury in West Virginia. The center sends out a resource coordinator who will come to their home and help determine what resources are available.
One of the programs they offer is called, Funds for you, where individual with TBI are eligible for up to $250.
The West Virginia DHHR program is funded by a grant.
All the training, support and resources they offer are free.
I enjoyed being a motivational speaker for the activity professionals, my motivational speeches were the Nerve to Serve and This Would be Funny if it Wasn't Happening to Me!