Kindergarten students throughout Bulloch County enjoyed the annual Pilot Club "Brain Minder" puppet shows in March. The children learned the importance of protecting their brains when they are in a car, playing on the playground, and riding their bikes.
Statistics provided by Brain Injury Association show that falls account for 35% of brain injuries, motor vehicle incidents account for 17%, Assault 10% and 16% are caused by the skull being struck directly. Concussion is the most common type of brain injury.
March is Pilot Club International Brain Awareness Month. The Statesboro Pilot Club is dedicated to promoting brain healthy habits for people of all ages and promotes services that improve the lives of those affected by brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and other dementias as well as those with brain injuries.
Project Lifesaver bracelets are available through Pilot Club to assist in locating a person who has wandered away from home or facility. Call 764-7851 for more information.
Families providing support for those with dementia are encouraged to attend support groups in the area. One group meets at East Georgia Regional Hospital at 5:00pm the 4th Tuesday of the month and one group meets at Statesboro First Methodist at 1:30pm the 2nd Monday of each month.
Adults with diminishing memory and perception are encouraged to take part in Saturday morning social interactions through the Silver Lining Club meeting at First Presbyterian Church. Pilot Club provides funding for a medical paraprofessional. Call 536-8672 for more information.
The Alzheimer's Association defines Alzheimer's as "a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.
The Brain Injury Association of America defines Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as "an alteration in brain function, or other evidence of brain pathology, caused by an external force after birth". Examples of this are: motor vehicle accident, assault. Acquired Brain injury examples include stroke, near drowning, brain tumor, electric shock or lightning.
Brain Awareness Week is March 11-17 and Pilot Club reminds everyone to protect their brain from injury by using seat belts, car seats, bike helmets, and recognize the signs of a stroke or concussion.
Pilot Club meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at R.J. restaurant. For additional information about the group, contact the club at PO Box 922, Statesboro, GA 30459
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