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Roundtable Series Set for Caregivers of the Brain Injured

NEW YORK, NYA roundtable series that will offer help, peer support and hope for families caring for loved ones with brain injuries will begin January 19 and continue to meet monthly in midtown Manhattan.

The program, called the "Caregivers' Roundtable Series," is being jointly presented by the Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS), AHRC Traumatic Brain Injury Services and the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA). Each meeting will be held from 4 pm to 6 pm at AFA's headquarters at 322 Eighth Ave. (entrance on W. 26 St.) in Manhattan.

The first session on January 19 will discuss "Caring for the Caregiver." It will be facilitated by Judith Avner, BIANYS' executive director; Michael Kaplen, BIANYS' president; Judith Sandman, BIANYS' director of membership and development; and Marie Cavallo, Ph.D., assistant director of adult day services for AHRC Traumatic Brain Injury Services and a member of BIANYS' board of directors.

Subsequent sessions will address "Family Life after Brain Injury" on February 16, "Guardianships, Trusts and other Legal Matters" on March 16, "Benefits" on April 20, "Medication" on May 18, and "Demystifying Tests and Assessments" on June 15.

Each roundtable will include a guest speaker and open discussion by participants. Space is limited. For more information or to RSVP, call BIANYS toll-free at 800-228-8201.

"These sessions are all about caring and sharing. Participants will learn how to care for their own needs, while caring for the needs of their loved ones," Cavallo said.

Eric J. Hall, AFA's chief executive officer, said this collaborative effort will help families understand the daily challenges they face and gain insight from others in similar situations. "Peer support is so critical when you're coping with a life-changing injury," he noted.

BIANYS is a statewide non-profit membership organization that advocates on behalf of individuals with brain injury and their families, and promotes prevention. It offers a toll-free Family Help Line, chapters and support groups throughout the state, prevention programs, mentoring programs, speakers' bureau, and video and publications libraries. For more information, call 800-228-8201 or visit

AHRC, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with disabilities for more than 50 years, developed the first set of community-based services for individuals with traumatic brain injury in New York City through the founding of AHRC TBI Services in 1994. Hundreds of individuals currently take advantage of AHRC TBI Services' day programs, vocational services, in-home services, clinical services, substance abuse services, and special projects. For more information, call 212-780-2504 or visit

AFA is a nonprofit organization that unites local agencies from coast-to-coast that provide hands-on care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related illnesses. Its services include a toll-free hotline, counseling, educational materials, a caregiver magazine, training for healthcare professionals, and referrals to local resources. For more information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit .

Contact: Carol Steinberg
Phone: 1-866-AFA-8484

Alzheimer's Foundation of America  866.232.8484