We assist Members living with:
Serious Mental Illnesses.
Serious mental illness (SMI) is defined as a mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder resulting in serious functional impairment, which substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities. The burden of mental illnesses is particularly concentrated among those who experience disability due to SMI.
Traumatic Brain Injury.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can significantly affect many cognitive, physical, and psychological skills. Physical deficit can include ambulation, balance, coordination, fine motor skills, strength, and endurance. Cognitive deficits of language and communication, information processing, memory, and perceptual skills are common. Psychological status is also often altered. Adjustment to disability issues are frequently encountered by people with TBI.
Brain injury can occur in many ways. Traumatic brain injuries typically result from accidents in which the head strikes an object. This is the most common type of traumatic brain injury. However, other brain injuries, such as those caused by insufficient oxygen, poisoning, or infection, can cause similar deficits.
As seniors age, the likelihood a chronic medical condition occurs skyrockets. More than 70 million people (aged 50 and over) have at least one chronic medical condition, and these can be debilitating issues like Alzheimer’s disease or heart disease. When adults with conditions like these get older, they need more and more medical attention and are less capable of taking care of themselves.