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New Program Aims to Help People with Traumatic Brain Injury

A new program in Endicott is looking to enhance the life of area residents who have suffered from traumatic brain injury.

Choices is a structured day program, located at 15 Delaware Ave. in Endicott. It aims to help those who have suffered injuries from circumstances like strokes and accidents.

Participants take part in social activities like board games, karaoke, dinners and support groups.

Lorraine Szwalla, a 45-year-old stroke survivor, says she is looking forward to joining the program.

"I can go out and meet other people with brain injuries, like myself. And teach them what I've learned, and I've done, and I can learn from them too," said Szwalla.

Officials say these activities help to enhance and restore memory, while giving participants an outlet with people who can relate to what they're going through.

"They communicate with each other about their frustrations or the things that make them happy," said Judy Olson, program director of Choices.

This program is open to Broome County residents. Funding is provided for people who participate in the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury (NYS TBI) waiver.

For more information, contact Choices at 607-239-5197.