Gundersen Health System's Brain Injury Support Group is for adults and children who have suffered a brain injury. The group is also open to friends and family members. The group offers the following:
- Sharing mutual concerns related to brain injury
- Educational topics
- Awareness and socialization
- Resources available
- Community integration
- Discuss work and leisure experiences
- Family support and relationships
- Peer support
Please join our Facebook group to view upcoming meetings, events and offer support to other members of our group.
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The Support Group will meet the second Tuesday of each month, 5-7 p.m., in the Mooney Education Room on the first floor of the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center main clinic building. Come in the main clinic entrance and look for directional signage.
Our 2018 meeting dates are:
- January 9
- February 13
- March 13
- April 10
- May 8
- June 12
- July 10
- August 14
- September (This meeting will be replaced with the Rehab Celebration on September 11th. More information to come.)
- October 9
- November 13
- December 11
What is a Brain Injury?
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is defined as a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. Not all blows or jolts of the head result in a TBI. The severity of such an injury may range from "mild" (a brief change in mental status or consciousness) to "severe" (an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia after the injury). A TBI can result in short or long-term problems with thinking, learning, language, behavior, emotions and/or physical function.
- Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can be defined as an injury to the brain, which is not hereditary, congenital or degenerative, that has occurred after birth. ABI includes injuries due to anoxia, brain infections, toxic exposure, stroke, aneurysms and others.
Andy Laack, PT - (608) 775-4065, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Rand, RN Educator - (608) 775-4065, email@example.com