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June is Brain Injury Awareness month

Brain Injury Canada Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) FACT SHEET

Traumatic brain injuries are a leading cause of death. In the US, they account for over 30% of all injury deaths. Canada is thought to have similar numbers of injuries, making this a problem of epidemic proportion.

Falls are the leading cause of traumatic brain injury related hospital visits in the US, followed closely by motor vehicle collisions, being struck by or against something as in sports injuries, and violence such as assaults.

There were 16,811 hospitalizations as a result of TBI in Canada in 2003–2004, that is 46 people every day. It is estimated that every year, 10 million people are affected by a traumatic brain injury globally. In 2021, an estimated 640,000 people will suffer from traumatic brain injuries in Canada. By 2031, this number is expected to exceed 730,000.

According to the World Health Organization, traumatic brain injury will surpass many diseases as the major cause of death and disability by the year 2020.

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Fitness updates and schedules

Chair yoga with Aylene is back!
Mondays at 12.30, starting May 15, every week until June 19.
At the centre, 101-7020 Duncan St

Dojo fitness: Tai Chi and kick boxing with Sensei Frank.
All fitness levels.
Wednesdays at 10.30, starting May 10, every week until June 28.
At the Canadian Martial Arts Academy, 4300 Joyce Ave

In July and August, Deb will supervise fitness sessions here at the centre. every Monday at 12 noon.

Come in any time to use the fitness equipment. Please ask for assistance if you need to.

New fitness equipment includes a rowing machine, reclining cycle, elliptical, treadmill, rebounder, small to medium weights, stretchy bands and floor mats.

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Tla’amin outreach begins Jan 27

with a meet and greet in the multi purpose room, from 10 am to 1 pm.
We will then meet every 1st and 3rd Friday in Feb, Mar and April.
This is for persons living with an Acquired Brain Injury, as well as their families, friends and support people.
We will provide information and introduce skills to enable and enhance life with a brain injury.
Please contact us for more information, 604-485 6065

Fitness updates

In January, we will have “Chair Yoga” led by Alena, every Monday, from 12:30 to 1:30

We will trying a new activity each month this year …. stay tuned for updates!

Phone us at 604-485-6065 for more info.…

HeadStart app for reintegrating routine

HeadStart is a tool to help caregivers support brain injury survivors by establishing a consistent schedule of reminders for important daily and weekly tasks.

A common symptom of many brain injury survivors is a difficulty remembering to execute simple day-to-day tasks. HeadStart allows caregivers to send survivors reminders to their mobile device through a web-based calendar system.

Proactive, Not Reactive
Brain injuries affect millions of people worldwide every year, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms and challenges that can have a dramatic impact on spouses, friends, family members and often society.

Tools like HeadStart champion a proactive approach to supporting and rehabilitating brain injury survivors. Through the simple scheduling of tasks between a caregiver and a survivor, HeadStart reintegrates routine at a manageable pace.

Learn more and sign up at

Centre hours over Christmas and New Years

We’ll be closed for 2 four day weekends, otherwise open at regular times and days.

  Open   Monday   Dec 19
  Open   Tuesday   Dec 20
  Open   Wednesday   Dec 21
  Open   Thursday   Dec 22
  Closed   Friday   Dec 23
Merry Christmas!
  Closed   Monday   Dec 26
  Open   Tuesday   Dec 27
  Open   Wednesday   Dec 28
  Open   Thursday   Dec 29
  Closed   Friday   Dec 30
Happy New Year!
  Closed   Monday   Jan 2
  Open   Tuesday   Jan 3
  Open   Wednesday   Jan 4
  Open   Thursday   Jan 5
  Open   Friday   Jan 6

Christmas Dinner at the Lighthouse Church

We are delighted at the generosity of Lighthouse Church in providing Christmas dinner for us again.

It will be on Friday evening, December 9, 2016 at 6.30 pm.

The Lighthouse Church is located at 4620 Michigan Ave, Powell River.

Yes its FREE, though we do need to know who is coming, to plan. We have a sign-up list at the centre; drop by to add your name or give us a call at 604-485-6065.