“Taking Care of Yourself After Brain Injury”
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Kessler Conference Center
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
Featured Guest Speaker:
Guest Speaker: Catherine Brubaker, M.S.L.
Catherine Brubaker is the founder of HopeForTrauma.org, an organization committed to encouraging a national conversation about brain injury, its invisible challenges and the impact on survivors and their families. Catherine is a two-time survivor who, in 2014, rode her recumbent cycle 5390 miles across the US to raise awareness for brain injury. She has shared her journey of hope around the country and helped empower individuals with her message of freedom and the power of self-advocacy.
Please Join Us!
Taking Care of Yourself After Brain Injury is a one-day conference that will look at topics affecting physical, emotional and social health
Dealing with Grief and Loss
Meditation and Integrative Therapies
Nutrition and Exercise
This conference will provide individuals with brain injury, their caregivers, family and friends, and healthcare professionals with information and insight into strategies to successfully manage a range of challenges that affect overall health, wellness and quality of life. Resource booths will provide additional information and networking opportunities.
We’ve been invited to share our stories in hopes of inspiring others and raising awareness of the challenges faced by brain injury and stroke survivors. We will be speaking to the Florida Free Wheelers Bicycle Club to an estimated audience of 400, focusing on the benefits of recumbent and recovery.
Catherine Brubaker and Dan Zimmerman will be hosted as guests, riding the 35th Annual Florida Bicycle 6-Day Safari, riding for hope.
Come ride with us!
For more information, and to register visit www.floridabicyclesafari.com.
Crystal had Arnold Chiari Malformation. Her cerebellum was identified as falling down 28.6 mm into her neck. This caused her to fall on a consistent basis. She began to drop things and increasingly lost coordination. She underwent two brain surgeries to correct the issue. She is on long term disability, can no longer drive and dependent on her spouse. She has severe balance issues and is homebound. She is still unstable and has severe balance issues today. Her physician has cleared her for a recumbent trike. A recumbent trike would give Crystal a sense of freedom and independence.
Hope For Trauma plans on riding with her along with Spokes Fighting Strokes to show her how to ride safely.
From Shut-In to Freedom
UPDATE!!!! April 20, 2015
Thanks to Florida Freewheeler generosity, and the community response from Crystals
We have now reached our goal!
Crystal is being fitted for a new trike! She is still raising funds for lights and extra items to fit on her new trike
Thank you to Sun Cyclery for helping us reach our goal!!! We couldn’t be more thrilled for her.
Recumbent and Recovery Presentation at the 2015 Aging in America Conference
Catherine Brubaker, MSL and Eddee Edson, MSD will be presenting at the 2015 Aging in America Conference.
This session will explore mobility options beyond the wheelchair and walker. Proven alternatives to existing assisting devices, such as recumbent trikes, that contribute to staying fit and provide an increased sense of freedom, independence and overall sense of well-being will be shared.
1. Define documented research showing the benefits of continued activity in the aging process.
2. Contrast the benefits of recumbent trike riding vs. wheelchair or walkers options for transportation and mobility.
3. List current examples of people that have discovered the recumbent trike for “continuing the adventure”. People that have ridden across the country raised awareness and continue to break the old view of disabilities.
4. Analyze opportunities within government (recreation departments), hospitals, therapy departments, senior living communities, senior centers where the introduction and exploration of riding a recumbent trike may be valuable and beneficial for people to age-in-place and continue activities that enhance their lives.
5. Describe opportunities for providing the recumbent trike as a mobility/transportation option.
For event details visit Recumbent and Recovery ASA Presentation.