Happening nearby: Program offers help to brain injury survivors and families

biaw_logoA new program will give brain injury survivors and caregivers resources to deal with life’s challenges and help them find new interests.

The Brain Health and Wellness Program by the Brain Injury alliance of Washington will offer classes beginning this month at Verdant Health, located in Lynnwood at 4710 196th Street Southwest, or Swedish Edmonds, located at 21601 76th Avenue West.

Classes are tailored for people affected by brain injuries and their loved ones. The program will help survivors reintegrate into their families and offer non-clinical life skills classes, such as cooking, meditation and organization.

All classes are free to attend. You can register online.

Here’s a schedule of what’s coming up this month at Verdant Health:

The Role of Cognition and Movement

Strengthen your brain and your body. Learn to use simple math, organizing and planning, creativity, together with movement in order to enhance brain function. This class incorporates lots of play! Appropriate for all fitness levels. Seated participants are welcome. Wear comfortable clothing and be prepared to take notes.

Tuesdays: Jan. 5, 12, 26, and Feb. 2. Class runs from 1-2 p.m.

Healing From Within: Simple Tools to Reduce Stress

This class is for people who feel stressed and overwhelmed. Join Dr. Pujari, integrative medicine physician and national speaker, as she shares her personal tips for stress reduction and mindfulness. Mondays: Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 5:30-7 p.m.

Also this month at Swedish Edmonds:

Why Marriages Succeed After Traumatic Brain Injury

This two-part class is for couples whose partner has had a traumatic brain injury. Research has shown that couples wait an average of six years from the first sign of problems to get help. Getting help sooner will help you build and sustain a loving relationship and will support recovery. The class is for couples who feel their role has changed in their relationship, or that now have difficulty communicating, among other issues.

Thursdays: Jan. 7 & 21. Class is from 2-3:30 p.m.  Attendance at both classes is required.

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