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December Connections

Support groups can provide a sense of community and identity for survivors and caregivers.

Our calendar of December groups can be viewed here: https://braininjurysvcs.org/events/month/2021-12/

In addition to the programs provided by Brain Injury Services for our clients and caregivers, below are groups and programs available in the community.

The programs below are not hosted by Brain Injury Services.

Wednesday, December 1
12 PM
BIAV Virtual Caregiver MeetingBrain Injury Association of Virginia is offering caregivers a safe place to receive support, strength, and share their experiences with others in the same position. Every first Wednesday of the month. 
Contact: Debra at debra@biav.net
Monday, December 6
6:30 – 8 PM  
Fredericksburg Stroke Support GroupFree monthly support group for stroke survivors and caregivers. Every first Monday of the month.
Contact: Susan Halpin at 540-741-4815 or Susan.halpin@mwhc.com
Mondays
2 – 4 PM
Living With Brain Injury Support GroupThe Living with Brain Injury group is a unique and supportive community of individuals recovering from BI. This support group is intended to improve our recovery experience through respectful sharing and connective experiences. Eligibility: current Brain Injury Service clients.
Contact: Rachelle Price at mawmaw6019@gmail.com
Tuesday, December 7
7 – 8:30 PM
 
Inova Fairfax Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Support GroupShare your story and help others. Learn about reducing the risk for stroke and find community services available to you. Every first Tuesday of the month. Caregivers welcome.
Contact: Laura Buhler at 703.776.3030 opt 2 or laura.buhler@inova.org
Thursday, December 16
4 – 5 PM  
Stroke & Brain Injury Support GroupA support group where you can share your personal experiences, listen to others who have a history of stroke/brain injury, and learn new research and information. Every third Thursday of the month.
Contact: Hannah Balberde at 703-957-2039 or Hannah.Balberde@Encompasshealth.com
Tuesday, December 21
12 – 1:30 PM
 
Trauma Survivors Network TBI Support GroupThe Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) TBI Support group is a monthly support group for survivors and caregivers offering support, coping skills, and education to attendees. Every third Tuesday of the month (currently virtual).
Contact: Shira Rothberg at 703-776-4930 or shira.rothberg@inova.org
Tuesday, December 27
6:00 PM
BIAV Virtual Support GroupBrain Injury Association of Virginia offers a group for people living with brain injury, their family, and friends. The group is a safe place to explore the challenges of brain injury and exchange ideas and information with others who really “get it.” Every fourth Tuesday of the month.
Contact Christine Baggini at christine@biav.net
Peer Run What’s Cooking Text GroupWhat’s Cooking crockpot text group through WhatsApp for sharing recipes and crockpot support. 
Contact: Melinda Reed at 703-242-3628 or revmreed@aol.com
Thursdays
2 – 4 PM  
Peer Run Bible Study GroupContact Samson Abebe at (571) 201-4275 or samsonabebe672@gmail.com
Young Adult KnightsIf you are between the ages of 18-30 and want to make connections and friends in a relaxed fun atmosphere then please join us. The social group meets once a month via Zoom to play online games and have virtual movie nights. Young Adult Knights is facilitated by the ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia.
Contact Michelle Williams at 703-719-1379 or michellew@ecnv.org
Mondays
Jan 10 – Feb 14
3 – 5 PM
Love Your Brain Caregiver RetreatBecoming a caregiver impacts life in many ways — responsibilities, beliefs, hopes, expectations, and relationships. Through Love Your Brain’s pillars of mindfulness, movement, and community, this online retreat will support you to cultivate greater awareness in your role as a caregiver.
Learn more at https://www.loveyourbrain.com/attend-a-virtual-caregiver-retreat

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Make A Pledge for Brain Research

Similar to organ donation, the pledge of one’s brain is a precious gesture that helps others in a truly impactful way.

Soccer icon Brandi Chastain, NASCAR superstar Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Olympic medalists Hayley Wickenheiser, Angela Ruggiero, and Elana Meyers Taylor are among the nearly 5,000 people who have made the pledge to the Concussion Legacy Foundation. 

Learn about the #MyLegacyPledge

The CLF Research Registry comprises the Brain Donation Registry (BDR) and Clinical Research Registry (CRR). You may sign up for one or both.

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