Boston Acquired Brain Injury Support Group (BABIS): What is it?
BABIS was started in 2001 by a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, families, and survivors. It is a community started group for people all ages who have sustained a brain injury.
BABIS also offers a facilitated family/caregiver group. BABIS is a Support Group of the Brain Injury Association-Massachusetts (BIA-MA).
Boston Acquired Brain Injury Support Group (BABIS): When do they meet?
The group meets the first Saturday of every month at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM on the 8th Floor. For more information on meetings, schedules, events, fund raising and BABIS’s programs for brain injury survivors and care providers feel free to visit; http://www.BABIS.info/
The Mission of BABIS:
The mission of BABIS is to provide a positive forum for peer socialization, hope, and education for people with acquired brain injury, their families and friends. We have attended meetings as traumatic brain injury survivors and care providers.
We find this group very helpful and that is why we are putting this blog together. The holidays are especially difficult for most brain injured people…..Including myself. We are supposed to be so happy and grateful, and honestly, we try…..but, brain injury some times makes even happy occasions stressful, anxiety inducing, and, well, can make us brain injured survivors crabby or even mean….The over-stimulation (sounds, lights, parties, organization, etc), stressors, and anxiety often grow and this group is a positive forum for support. Life goes on for brain injury survivors, and stressors may make us respond in ways that are “not like our old selves,” or which seem negative. That is life with a brain injury. It may or may not make sense, but being around others, talking, and just learning that you are not alone can help you, and I, a real lot! As you may have noticed, BABIS is one of our favorite brain injury support groups.
There is a meeting this Saturday, November 6th. If you are in the Boston area and are in need of support, good company and a lovely sense of community, than please join us. Just a reminder, the link http://www.BABIS.info/ also has directions to the BABIS meeting at Spaulding Rehab.
Brain injury facts from BABIS:
• Each year 1.4 million people in the U.S. sustain a
traumatic brain injury, greater than the number
who develop breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple
sclerosis, and spinal cord injuries combined.
• Each year 44,000 people in Massachusetts
sustain a traumatic brain injury and …
… annually, over 500 die
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
estimates that at least 3.17 million Americans
with TBI have a long-term or lifelong need for
help with activities of daily living:
• Improving memory and problem solving;
• Managing stress and emotional upsets;
• Controlling one’s temper; and
• Improving one’s job skills.
• Traumatic Brain Injury and blast injury are the
signature injuries of our soldiers in Iraq and
Afghanistan. They and their families will need
specialized education, treatment and supports.
Over 1,000,000 children in the United States will
sustain mild to severe brain injuries this year.
Motor vehicle accidents are the number one
cause of severe TBI in school-aged children.
Thank you, be well and Happy holidays,
A TBI SURVIVOR