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Mayor's Youth Advisory and The Rotary Adventure in Citizenship Program.
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Jackie Carmichael - Author
Oct 16, 2018
"Tweets from the Trenches: Little Stories of Life & Death on the Western Front"
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All About Concussions from a Sports Therapist
Monika Seymour introduced Marianne Valpalotai, who is a Sports Therapist, with a bachelor's degree in Health Sciences.  Her expertise is in treating concussions, which she has done since 1991.   She has impressive credentials after working with athletes from several sports, including football.  She worked at Brock University, Ridley College and Loyalist College, before opening her own Concussion Management clinic in the Stamford Physio in Niagara Falls.
Her work with team coaches inspired her to focus on concussion therapy.  Concussions cause dizziness, vertigo and nausea because of the movement of fluid in 
the ear.   Spinal injuries are also part of her scope of training.  

90 % of patients with mild concussion recover within 48 to 72 hours because symptoms disappear rapidly.
10% of patients with severe concussion need much more care over a longer time.

Whiplash is considered a concussion because the head moves so quickly that the brain suffers considerable trauma.  Complex concussion includes skull fracture, coma or even death.   Simple concussion causes headache, dizziness and nausea, but can also result in depression, anxiety and anger over the time required for recovery.Chemicals in the brain change when injured, in order to protect the brain.  The slowing of blood flow causes headaches.   Usually, 21 days are required to restore the brain to normal functioning.  Twisted or stretched nerve cells in the brain can be detected after 48 hours.  However, the brain can create new pathways for the cells to use.  Patients are warned not to watch TV, cell phones or video games, but can resume after 48 hours of wellness.  Protocols are the same in all sports the world over.

Computer tests are called ImPACT and can identify in only 20 minutes how the eyes are tracking.   This test is 89% accurate as to whether a concussion has been suffered or not.   A physician can refer a patient with whiplash the same day to Marianna for immediate diagnosis.
Carol Nagy, executive director for Hospice Niagara since 2013, was here today to inform us about all the services which they provide in our region. The hospice has now been in operation in Niagara for 25 years and each year about 110-120 people are accommodated at the Stabler Centre for end of life care.
At their beginning there were 3 volunteers; now there are over 400! These volunteers work in hospitals or the Stabler Centre and also visit homes. Together, they provide the equivalent of about 18 paid positions. Each year about 750-800 people benefit from a caring visit from a volunteer. As well, Hospice Niagara runs over 200 groups for bereavement support and specifically work with schools to support children having trouble adjusting to grief. In this context, two day camp programs for youth are now subsidized by RBC.
Carol explained that a “day hospice” program is now run in Welland and may expand to Niagara Falls in the future. Carol stressed that the decision for someone to receive “palliative care” is not the same as “ready to die” but rather it means “whole body quality of life” support for the patient. The “end of life” stage usually refers to a period of less than 12 months, but some people actually rally while in the hospice and may be discharged to long term care facilities.
Hospice Niagara is trying to connect all people involved in the “end of life process” for a patient, including even before entering a hospital. They are indeed Making a Difference in people’s lives in Niagara.
Carol was introduced by John Beyer and thanked by Deborah Toth.    
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