The Importance of Focusing on a Healthy and Socially Engaged Lifestyle After TBI
For some people with TBI and their caregivers, life can feel painfully isolated. But trying to focus on one's strengths and a healthy and socially engaged lifestyle can help.
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I think when it comes to serious disabilities, the person should not define himself or herself by what may happen 30 years from now, and not by simply the disability. They have to get beyond the disability, understand that they have certain loses, but they have certain strengths. And one of the things by way of successful aging we can all engage in, whether or not we have a brain problem or don't have a brain problem, is trying to have a healthy lifestyle, trying to be socially engaged, trying to be around other people, try to enjoy life as best we can. What do you have to lose in so far as trying to have fun and enjoy the moment, whether or not it protects you against Alzheimer's? And there's some correlative data that suggests, possibly, playing chess might help, or maybe eating certain fruits and vegetables might help. But what have you got to lose by having a healthy, engaged lifestyle? The problem is, though, so many people with serious brain injuries are psychosocially isolated, as are their caregivers. And they have a difficult time taking care of their whole person. And who's taking care of the caregiver?
Posted on BrainLine February 14, 2013.
Produced by Victoria Tilney McDonough, Justin Rhodes, and Erica Queen, BrainLine.
Paul Aravich, PhD is a behavioral neuroscientist and professor of Pathology and Anatomy, Geriatrics, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia.