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Episode 58: Traumatic Brain Injury

What hazard could really be posed by daily activities like driving, biking, climbing, or walking?  They don’t, until they do. An awkward step, a sudden turn, an unanticipated slip or a fall can alter the direction in which one’s life is going. The Brain Injury Association of America reports that at least 2.5 million people encounter a traumatic brain injury each year. For some, the recovery may be quick and simple, while for others, it may be a life that has no semblance of normalcy.Since one in every 60 people in the U.S. lives with a disability that is a result of traumatic brain injury, it is critical that we understand how to identify, diagnose, and manage them. On today’s podcast, Dr. Julie Haabauer Krupa from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), will discuss how traumatic brain injury impacts attention, memory, speech, communication, movement, coordination, decision making, and executive function. This is an invitation to create communities that thrive by engaging in discussions to raise awareness on the long-standing impact of TBI on individuals, family members, caretakers, and society.

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Life’s success is an intricate balance of orchestrating talent and effort. However, failing to uncover or to mobilize your inner tools and strategies can get you off path. Self-doubt can present itself and you can begin to question your own capacity. The Full Pre-Frontal podcast series attempts to answer questions such as: How do I learn more about me? How do I objectively investigate myself? How do I tweak my thoughts, habits and attitudes to enhance my future thinking?  What missing pieces of the puzzle, when properly placed, will connect the life successes I see in others to help me succeed in my own journey?

Many of us are not just in charge of our own lives but are also responsible for directing the lives of many others around us. Guiding others in their hopes to improve themselves is how we mentor others. But what should we do when that doesn’t work? Is there a “secret sauce” to help others strive for excellence?

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