Newsletter – January 2012

January 2012

B.R.A.I.N. January Newsletter

Dear friends,


Happy New Year! I am so pleased to share with you on a personal level how to manage stress and to move forward. I attended a workshop in Bryn Mar, PA on “Developing A Psychological Hardiness For Caregivers” this past week and wanted to share some interesting findings with you.


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With sincerity,
Angela Mandas, MA CCC
Speech Language Pathologist
F.B.I. Group Facilitator

Caregiver’s Bill of Rights
As a caregiver, I have the right…
– to take care of myself, to rest when I’m tired, to eat well, to take breaks from caregiving when I need to
– to recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength
– to seek help from family, involved parties and the community at large
– to socialize, to maintain my interests, and to do things I enjoy
– to acknowledge my feelings, whether positive or negatives, including frustration, anger, and depression, and to express them constructively
– to take pride in the valuable work I do, and to applaud the courage and inventiveness it takes to meet the needs of my care recipient
Copied with permission from Ilardo and Rothman. “I’ll take care of you: A practical guide for family caregivers”. 1999. New Harbinger Publications.

The Collision Syndrome
Scientific American February 2012


There is widespread agreement that repeated blows to the head, such as those sustained during a football players career, can result in brain damage. Author, Jeffrey Bartholet, reports that these blows to the head can produce symptoms similiar to Lou Gehrig’s disease. The literature is prevalent about CTE: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy and now there are researchers that are examining the brains of football players post mortem. There is a buildup of tau within the brain cells in the frontal lobes which is responsible for imulse control, judgement, and the baility to multitask. The TDP-43 is a protein which is a protein that is also found in ALS. In 2002, Bennet Omalu M.D. was the first to discover the tau protein build up in the brain of NFL player, Mike Webster, center for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Omalu is formally affiliated with B.R.A.I.N. and is important to the research piece of the mission of B.R.A.I.N. Advancing Research, Recovery and Residual Care for adults who have sustained brain injuries.


To listen to a podcast with the author of the study, visit

Team Update
B.R.A.I.N. Welcomes Tim Butte,
Member of B.R.A.I.N.’s Communications Committee

Tim Butte brings over 25 years of experience in the fields of membership development and non-profit fund raising. Tim is currently the Director of New Business Development at ComNet Marketing Group. Prior to this, Tim had a successful ten year career in corporate development at the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena after working in fundraising for several notable national non-profit organizations that included the Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and Goodwill Industries.

Founder’s Message


January has already been a busy month for B.R.A.I.N.  We have many new faces after our article came out in several local newspapers.  The B.R.A.I.N. message also went out to a couple of Rotary Clubs with Long Beach being the biggest and most influential in scope.

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Sue Rueb

B.R.A.I.N. Founder/President


Sue Photo (Flowers)


In This Issue
Caregiver’s Bill of Rights
The Collision Syndrome
Team Update
Founder’s Message

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