Brain Injury Awareness Event Connects Patients, Family and Hospital Staff

A family caregiver discusses new adaptive devices with the hospital’s occupational therapists.

GLEN COVE, NY – Recognizing National Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, healthcare experts at Glen Cove Hospital hosted a free event, bringing together brain injury survivors, family members, advocacy groups and vendors, to share health tips and provide community resources.

Held in the hospital’s Pratt Auditorium, the gathering provided a supportive environment for visitors and former patients to connect with hospital staff members and other brain injury survivors, which can be difficult for people experiencing cognitive and mobility issues.  Participants informally met one-on-one with therapists, physicians and other clinicians from the hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program.  Brain injury survivors shared their personal stories, including ways to empower their peers, such as using smart phones to help with memory loss and distractions.  Also on hand were representatives from the New York Brain Injury Association (BIANY) and the Head Injury Association based in Hauppauge. 

The hospital’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program treats patients with traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain tumors, brain hemorrhage and other conditions. It is the only New York State-designated, hospital-based, adult brain injury rehabilitation center in Nassau County.

For more information about the brain injury support group, please contact Merav deGuzman, certified brain injury specialist and recreational therapy supervisor, at 516-674-7696.

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