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BrainLine News - February 2010


BrainLine News - February 2010

Traumatic brain injury can be catastrophic financially as well as physically. In an instant, your future can depend on mastering the fine points of personal finance, health insurance, and government benefits. This month, we feature resources to help people with brain injury, their families, and professionals learn concrete steps to take to preserve financial integrity post-injury.

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Financial Issues After Brain Injury

Navigating the financial challenges that can arise after a brain injury is never easy. Below are some resources to help with money management after brain injury — from learning what government programs are available to planning an estate.
Coping with Mild TBI: Finances >>
Financial Planning for Special Needs Care: Special Needs Trusts >>
Ask the Expert: Figuring Out Social Security Benefits After a TBI >>
Ask the Expert: Planning Your Estate >>

BrainLine Exclusive: Interview on the Issues of Aging After a TBI

What happens as people age after a TBI? What can people do to stay healthy after a brain injury? Is there a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease or early-onset dementia after a brain injury? BrainLine sat down with Dr. Steven Flanagan, medical director of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, to get answers to these and other questions.

BrainLine en español

"We're delighted to announce the addition of 20 new Spanish pieces on BrainLine. The topics covered range from "El ADA: Sus Derechos Como Individuo" (The ADA: Your Rights as an Individual) to "El Enojo Después de Lesión Cerebral" (Anger After a Brain Injury).

DVBIC News: Strategies for Symptom Management of TBI

Historically, advances in military healthcare have led to changes in the delivery of healthcare for civilians. As public awareness about concussion — or mild traumatic brain injury — increases, clinicians may be seeing more patients in their practices with this condition. The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center offers basic guidelines for symptom management of mild TBI on its website.

Living Life After Combat

Meet several brave service members and their families who are struggling with the effects of traumatic brain injury sustained in combat. "Beyond the Invisible: Living with Brain Injury" is narrated by Lee Woodruff and was developed by the New York State Department of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.
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All the best from BrainLine.
Noel Gunther, Executive Director
Christian Lindstrom, Director, Learning Media
Victoria Youcha, EdD, Director, BrainLine
Victoria Tilney McDonough, Associate Editor
Elaine Phillips, MSP, CCC/SLP, Research Consultant
Theresa Rankin, Outreach Consultant
Brian King, Senior Multimedia Producer
Ian Collins, Technical Web Manager
Leon Gittens, Project Administrator
Krystal Klingenberg, Project Coordinator

Newsletter editor: Victoria Tilney McDonough
Newsletter distributor: Laura Schreiber

About BrainLine
BrainLine is a service of WETA, the flagship public television and radio station in the nation's capital. is a WETA website funded by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center through a contract with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. Government funding support is not an endorsement of WETA or any of its products, including this website.

This work was awarded by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command on behalf of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center under Contract no. W81XWH-09-C-0026. The views, opinions and/or findings contained in this report are those of the author(s) and should not be construed as an official Department of Defense position, policy or decision unless so designated by other documentation.