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Podcast Discusses Resources to Help People with Brain Injury and Their Caregivers

Brain injury results in disability for more than 5.3 million Americans.

Each year, an estimated 2.4 million people in the United States sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and another 795,000 people are diagnosed with an acquired brain injury (ABI) from non-traumatic causes, such as stroke.

Brain injury can have significant, long-term effects. In fact, more than 5.3 million Americans are living with a lifelong disability because of TBI, and an estimated 1.1 million have a disability related to stroke.

With this large of an impact, many caregivers are seeking help from online educational resources.

To meet the needs of its brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation patients and their families, Shepherd Center created an educational website found at

An in-depth section is devoted to brain injury-related topics, such as mood, types of brain injury, behavior, memory, safety, nutrition, medication management and family dynamics. Instructional videos and other educational materials are also available on the website. A number of other online resources also provide valuable information.

Listen in on Shepherd Center Radio as Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, CCM, director of brain injury services at Shepherd Center, discusses the many resources available to caregivers of those who have sustained brain injury. This podcast and others from Shepherd Center Radio are available here or as download from the link above.

Johnson has been the director of brain injury services at Shepherd Center since 1998. She directs a full continuum of brain injury services, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation and post-acute care that encompasses outpatient services, day program services, residential services, and a mild traumatic brain injury and PTSD program for military service personnel injured in post-9/11 conflicts. Johnson is a speech-language pathologist and a certified case manager. She has spoken at numerous national and regional workshops on brain injury and has received numerous awards for advocating for people with brain injury.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.