On the eve of Thanksgiving and with the rest of the holiday season about to kick off, this article from brain injury information and resource experts, Lash & Associates Publishing, was published on their website blog a few years back about managing the holidays with a brain injury and it is spot on, Feel free to share your tips and strategies here, too. Click on the link above to check out the article.
Attention caregivers! It’s that time again!
Each Tuesday throughout the holiday season, the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) will be posting two practical, helpful and/or inspirational tips on how to manage through the holidays as a caregiver. Please feel free to use this forum to share your own tips and strategies, too. We would love to hear from you!
Here are today’s tips (adapted from Stress and the Holidays: Coping Strategies to Keep You Sane by Helen Hunter, ACSW, CMSW).
Tip #1 If you cannot be with family, try to spend time with friends or neighbors instead.
Tip #2 Get involved with an activity. Volunteer at a local senior center, church or community center that serves meals on the holiday or give your services to a hospital. If you know that someone will be alone and cannot get out for the holiday, visit. If the person lives far away and you cannot physically visit, make a phone call. In helping those who are less fortunate than yourself, you can forget some of your own troubles.
At the Brain Energy Support Team (BEST), we are most definitely thankful for our supporters and community partners. We can’t do it without you! Thanks to all of you for the ongoing support, encouragement and community love.
We are also deeply grateful for the really extraordinary fall season we’ve had at BEST (so far!). There’s more do, see and experience at BEST and we so looking forward to that and sharing all the goodness with all of you.
Have wonderful week everyone!
The Brain Energy Support Team (BEST) is honored to be a part of the University Place, Washington community.
There are are some really neat things happening in the city this holiday season, so we thought we’d give you a little sneak preview.
Did you know that the local Peace Out youth philanthropy organization and the U.P. Volunteer Center host a free annual community Thanksgiving dinner? This year, the festivities will be in the U.P. Primary School Cafeteria located at 2708 Grandview Drive West on Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2 p.m. Derek Bray from Grassi’s Ristorante will be cooking for everyone and all are welcome. Due to limited seating and food, it’s important to make a reservation by calling (253) 691-3029 to make reservations (volunteers are also needed from the hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day).
Love birds and nature? There’s a winter open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Adriana Hess Wetland Park located at 2917 Morrison Road W. on Friday, December 5. It’s the parks 15th anniversary and they invite the public to come celebrate at this special event.
The Curran Apple Orchard Park is allowing open “adoptions” of one of their beautiful apple trees beginning in January of 2015. This is a really fun and delicious activity for those who live locally and love apples. Click on the link to learn more!
Mark your calendars for the annual U.P. holiday celebration and Christmas tree lighting! Winter Fest 2014 will be taking place on Saturday, December 6 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the city’s Market Square. Admission is free and there are many terrific holiday activities available at the festival.