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Smartphones Are the Way to Go After a Brain Injury

Smartphones Are the Way to Go After a Brain Injury

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Hey, everyone! It's Adam, and I'm here to tell you about my experiences with the smartphone and the number of applications that it has to make my life a little bit more convenient, easy, and a lot more organized. After a brain injury in Iraq, I noticed myself getting really sloppy, sloppy with appointments, sloppy with scheduling, sloppy with remembering things, sloppy with contacts and kind of names, faces, addresses, that type of thing, as well as kind of becoming disoriented in geographically where I was. I may walk to the store or, you know, be driving to the store or something and not know exactly where I was and, you know, make a wrong turn here, wrong turn there, get turned around. And so after my VA polytrauma physician recommended I try a smartphone for a number of reasons. The GPS functionality really helped. It helped orient me to where I was geographically. I may know a map; I may know where certain things are, but this helped me find my way and kind of pinpoint where I was and where I was going. The other thing was contacts. It was super helpful with contacts. It allows me to organize my contacts, associate little pictures, names, even notes about people so I can say, you know, "tall with brown hair,", and it would really make sense. Another thing is the calendar function, and it's really kind of underestimated because you may think you have a different way or different written calendar or handwritten calendar or something like that that hangs on your wall, and you may check it every morning, but one thing that I've found to be very helpful is actually the proactive alerts that the electronic calendars offer, specifically in the smart phones. And what it does is once you program your appontments or the different daily medications you may take or even abnormal non-recurring appointments. Plugging those into your calendar is super helpful because it will ping you at a predetermined time in advance so you're able to "Hey, I remember. I've got a DMV appointment today." Or "Hey, I've got a doctor's appointment today." Or even something, you know, regular, like, you know, "Don't forget to cut the lawn" or "Wash your car." Whatever it may be. So those are all things that I found to be exceptionally helpful, and I hope they're equally helpful for you. So, thank you.

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After his brain injury, Adam Anicich needed help getting organized, remembering appointments and people, and finding places. His Smartphone -- with its proactive calendar and GPS function -- has as helped him remedy his "sloppiness."

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Hi, I’m Adam Anicich

I’m a former Army Sergeant, a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, a service-disabled vet, and someone with a brain injury. I’m here to share my story with you — along with some practical tips — and I hope that I can help you in your own journey of recovery.

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Very interesting - thanks for sharing!

Mar 28th, 2012 1:08pm


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