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BIA-MA Events & Activities

BIA-MA has professional staff that provide information, resources, support, and informal counseling to individuals with brain injuries, families, and professionals across the state. BIA-MA's events provide survivors and their loved ones a forum for sharing information and an opportunity to socialize and make new friends.

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Events and Activities for Brain Injury Survivors

Any questions about these events please email info@biama.org

** Please note that all SHIP Recreation funded activities are intended for brain injury survivors residing in Massachusetts.  Family caregivers may participate if accompanying a survivor.

Date & Time Event Description (**denotes funding in part by SHIP Recreation grants)
Tues 8/2 noon-1pm

Tues 8/9 noon-1pm

Tues 8/23 noon-1pm
** Join Lawrence Carroll, owner of First Home Yoga, in his virtual chair yoga class! Increase balance, stay in shape during physical recovery, and correct your seated posture.  Suggested but not required supplies: a firm surface to sit on (preferably not a sofa or bed), yoga blocks, yoga strap, and a small cushion. No previous yoga experience required. To participate, please pre-register here:
Tuesday 8/2/22, noon - 1:00pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYqdeutpz0oGNIhOUiW9D6FIXxFtSdQYQKS Tuesday 8/9/22, noon – 1:00pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvdeygpzksE9Z7bA71wKqHqYgzuNdOMhDC Tuesday 8/23/22, noon – 1:00pm
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdeqpqDsjHtMd7iAHSxnR_HBOD8X7BOaj
Thurs 8/11
10am-11am
** Join us to explore creating zentangle-inspired doodles!  This class is very popular! The practice of creating beautiful drawings through simple structured patterns is easy to learn, relaxing, and has been shown to improve hand-eye coordination while reducing stress and increasing confidence!  No supplies being shipped.  Log in with paper or cardstock and pens or pencils from home. To participate, please pre-register here: sd
https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvduysqjMsEtYEhjbh-SEaAxSgJkSNl8eT
Sun 8/14
1pm-5pm
** Welcome back to Tanglewood in Lenox, MA, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra! Join us for a wonderful afternoon event, listening to world class musicians in a beautiful outdoor setting. Bring your own lawn chair, sunglasses, sunscreen, and picnic.  (Please note: alcohol may not be consumed by BIA-MA participants during a SHIP Rec event.) Romanian conductor Cristian Măcelaru makes his BSO debut with Anna Clyne, Elgar, Debussy, and Enescu featuring Yo-Yo Ma on cello.  Limited tickets available!  Concert starts at 2:30pm; group will meet outside the gates at 1pm. Survivor contribution $5, friends and family $10 each.                 
To participate, please RSVP to info@biama.org by 8/8.
Wed 8/31
11am-12:15pm
**Join BIA-MA staff in person for a guided tour of the deCordova Sculpture Garden in Lincoln, MA.  Event will be held rain or shine – bring appropriate gear!  Enjoy an outdoor walking presentation on the large scale contemporary art pieces at the largest sculpture park in New England. Limited tickets available. Survivor contribution $2, friends and family $10 each. To participate, please RSVP to info@biama.org by 8/25.

The Journey – Healing Through Self-Expression

Join us for a series of inspiring presentations designed to help you explore the many ways of sharing your lived experience with brain injury. Each week, you are invited to join fellow survivors who will share their personal experiences using many different forms of self-expression. We will explore using the arts, such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, pottery, music, the written word, hand crafting, sewing and more, to express our inner selves and support us on the journey toward living well. 

The series will be ongoing. There will be a different presentation each week. Grab a cup of tea, coffee, or water, settle in for an enjoyable hour with kindred spirits and BE INSPIRED! 

To participate in The Journey, please register in advance using this link:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUrd-moqTwpG9YqZF03dDNtjW8vMBqoWGuv

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Virtual Thrivers Workshops!

Join us for Thrivers Workshops: Practical Tips, Tools & Strategies for Brain Injury Survivors, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 11:00am - 12:30pm. The Thrivers Workshops are for you if you are feeling stuck or ready for your next step. Some of the topics we will explore in these unique, informative & interactive sessions include: How You Are SMART; Organizing Paperwork; Maximizing Your Memory; Using Planners/Organizers; Managing Brain Fatigue; Time Management; Ignition for Cognition; Meal Planning, Cooking; Conquering Clutter; and Shopping, Errands.

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUpdOCvrj8rGte_xEq-IO2J98yzeNEmWKuE

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Questions? Please contact contact education@biama.org

BIA-MA is Offering Virtual Support Groups

Brain injury can have a traumatic effect on both survivors and their families. BIA-MA sponsors support groups across the state that provide survivors and their loved ones a forum for sharing information, a compassionate and understanding peer group, and an opportunity to socialize and make new friends with others.

Recreation activities are sponsored in part by the Statewide Head Injury Program, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. RSVP required for all events. Limited spaces available. Activities will take place online using video teleconferencing.  These are private brain injury groups, not open to the general public.

Questions? Contact Cynthia Cardeli, BIA-MA Director of Programs & Services,
at 508-475-0032 or email ccardeli@biama.org