Fatigue: Managing the Brain Drain
ABI week 2019 is focussed on Fatigue – or excessive tiredness – which is one of the most commonly experienced effects of brain injury. Across ABI week, we wanted to raise awareness around fatigue as well as the services Headway offer.
Colin Cook, Hatch Brenner Partner and Brain Injury Specialist Solicitor said: “Fatigue is standard across the board in every case of acquired brain injury we see at Hatch Brenner. Those with a brain injury can manage their fatigue through pacing, knowing their limits, including rest breaks and other coping strategies into their day, and rehabilitation.”
Fashion and Styling event
On Thursday 23 May 2019, Jarrold hosted an evening of fashion and styling in aid of Headway Norfolk and Waveney. The evening included a live beauty demonstration and tips on how to style hats and accessories ready for those summer days out. With over 40 people that attended, the evening was a huge success and everyone left with a smile on their face as well as feeling prepped for the Summer.
Laura Jones, Chief Executive of Headway said: “ There are over 5,000 cases of brain injury and stroke in our region every year. Events like this help us to raise awareness and understanding of acquired brain injury, and allow us to continue to support people's independence, rehabilitation and wellbeing through providing information and support services directly to people with acquired brain injury, their families, carers and the wider community.”
Towards the end of the week, we hosted a ‘Fatigue Workshop’ which was open to all those experiencing fatigue after brain injury. Angela, our Senior Occupational Therpapist ran the session and led a discussion on managing fatigue after brain injury as well as identifying strategies to cope.
People who attended the workshop felt like it was a useful session and feel more able with strategies in place around fatigue.