Network helps those with brain injuries

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Network helps those with brain injuries

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Brain statistics

Statistics from the Brain Injury Association of America:


- Each year, 1.4 million Americans sustain a traumatic brain injury. Of that, 1.1 million are treated and released from an emergency department, 235,000 are hospitalized and 50,000 die.


- The leading causes of traumatic brain injury are falls, 28 percent; motor vehicles accidents, 20 percent; collisions (pedestrian/vehicle accidents or sports injuries), 19 percent; and assaults, 11 percent.


- Men are 1½ times as likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury as women.


- The age groups most likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury are newborns to 4-year-olds and 15- to 19-year-olds.


- A study found 40 percent of people who suffer a traumatic brain injury have at least one unmet need a year after their accident. The most common unmet needs are improved memory, stress management, temper control and improved job skills.

Meeting times

The Southwest Center for Independence sponsors twice-a-month support group meetings for people with traumatic brain injuries. The group meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month and from 5 to 6 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday. Information is available from independent living coordinator Sharon Mehesey at 259-1672 or il@swcidur.org.


Information about support services and resources for people with brain injuries also is available from the Brain Injury Association of Colorado at (800) 955-2443. A new Web site under construction will be www.biacolorado.org.

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