Posts Tagged ‘invisible illness’

4/17/10: Support Group for Dizzy and Inner Ear Balance Disorders

Join us on Saturday, April 17th for our Vestibular Support Group, for individuals with dizziness, vertigo, or balance issues. This support group is set up as an open forum to meet other individuals in the community with vestibular disorders. We will also have Physical Therapists certified in vestibular rehabilitation available to answer any questions you may have about vestibular disorders or therapy.

We have a special guest speaker who will teach us how Tai Chi benefits individuals with dizziness and balance disorders as well as some basic moves.

If you are affected or have been affected by any of the following, please consider joining us:

  • BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
  • Peripheral or central vestibulopathy
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Labrynthitis
  • Tinnitus

We would love all of those affected by vestibular disorders to join us! Friends and family, as well as other support systems, are  welcome.

Where: 3130 N Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, IL (60657).

When: Refreshments will be served at 11:30am. The meeting will begin at 12pm and will last for approximately one hour.

To RSVP, please call: 773-525-5200.

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New Year’s Resolution: Maintain Your Sense of Balance

New Year’s Resolutions are always easy to state and hard to maintain. Lose weight, exercise every day, be nicer to your mother, the list of possibilities are endless.

One senior in Boston, Gail Hunter, came up with the right resolution in an effort to age gracefully: Exercise to maintain your sense of balance.

And she is completely correct.

Physical therapy can do wonders for dizziness and balance disorders, one of them being BPPV. Gail states some statistics in her article from VEDA that 50% of dizziness in the elderly is caused by BPPV and dizziness and imbalance are symptoms experienced by 40% of adults 40 years or older. If you are one of these individuals, therapy with a PT trained in vestibular rehabilitation can get you feeling like a million bucks! (And don’t be afraid to ask for your PTs credentials.)

Check out Gail’s full article:

http://www.examiner.com/x-28418-Boston-Senior-Wisdom-Examiner~y2009m12d21-Positive-New-Years-Resolution-8–Maintain-your-sense-of-balance-B-Steady-there

Invisible Illness Seminars

These seminars are FREE from Invisible Illness Week and they upload straight into your iTunes. Some seminars include:

“Understanding how we Uniquely Deal with Difficulties in Life”

“Helping Others Undertand Your Pain”

“When Your Child is Chronically Ill”

“Simplifying Your Home and Housework”

“Finding Health Insurance with a Pre-Existing Condition”

http://www.apple.com/search/ipoditunes/?q=invisible+illness

20 Things to Say to a Chronically Ill Friend

Since I posted the “20 Things to NOT Say to a Chronically Ill Friend”, Michele asked that I post what TO say to an ill friend.  

Another great post from the Invisible Illness Week.

 

#1 I don’t know what to say, but I care about you

#2 I’m going to the grocery, what can I get you?

#3 Do you just need to vent? I’m all ears!

#4 If you need a good cry, I’ve got plenty of tissues and a shoulder

#5 I really admire how you are handling this. I know its difficult.

#6 I’m bringing dinner Thursday. Do you want lasagna or chicken?

#7 Can I get your kids 4 a playdate? My kids R bored.

#8 I cant sit still. Got any laundry I can fold?

#9 What can I pray 4 you about that no one else is praying 4?

#10 Can I bring a few friends over 2 clean your house fast?

#11 I don’t have any idea what U R feeling, but I will always listen

#12 I saw these flowers & thought they’d cheer you 2day

#13 How can our church encourage those with chronic illness?

#14 Tell me what it is really like to be you for a day

#15 I made too much dinner for our family. Can I bring U some?

#16 U R amazing. How has your illness given you appreciation 4 life?

#17 Do U want me 2 come over while U wait 4 test results?

#18 U listen 2 me better than any other friend. Thanks

#19 I have Monday free if you need me 2 run some errands or take you

#20 Tell me about this God who gets U thru 1 more day?

 

http://invisibleillnessweektweets.wordpress.com/2009/08/23/tweets-20-things-to-say-to-an-ill-person/