Minister of Health Tyler Shandro and Minister of Community and Social Services Rajan Sawhney issued the following joint statement to mark Brain Injury Awareness Month:
“June is Brain Injury Awareness Month – an opportunity to recognize all Albertans who live with a brain injury.
“About 5,000 Albertans injure their heads every year – in traumatic events such as car or bike crashes, from falls or sporting accidents, or because of internal conditions such as lack of oxygen from a heart attack or near-drowning, bleeding from a stroke or aneurism, exposure to toxins such as alcohol and drugs, or pressure from a tumour.
“Some injuries are minor and can repair themselves. Others are life-changing and bring struggles with chronic pain and fatigue, balance and mobility issues, speech or communication challenges. We believe all Albertans, regardless of the barriers they face, deserve the opportunity to live full, independent lives with opportunities to participate in their communities.
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