I could have wrote this article about something really cool!

I just read the article and the device looked like something really useful.  I will sign up for the free trial and let you know how it goes; fingers crossed!!  Check out the article:

“I was in the hospital and thought I’d better catch up on emails. I pulled out my phone and couldn’t read a thing. The nurse told me that the stroke had affected my vision and ability to read. When they brought in flashcards, and I couldn’t name simple things like a hammer or pencil, I cried. I realized my recovery was going to have to be my work,” said Patty Geer, Director of Finance, Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport, and stroke survivor.

I was 51 and too young for the rest of my life to be over,” said Geer.

In June 2019, the American Heart Association released a study showing that working long hours for ten years or more is associated with stroke and that people under the age of 50 had a higher risk of stroke when they worked long hours for a decade or more. This is compounded by the trend of Americans working longer and retiring later.

Digital therapeutics and neurotechnology have the power to change how stroke victims recover, but with more Americans working longer, there’s a need to put recovery directly into their hands through digital therapeutic mobile apps.

For stroke survivors like Geer, getting back to work is more than a mental necessity, it becomes a financial one as well.

Constant Therapy is a mobile app from digital therapeutics company, The Learning Corp. The app is designed for people who have had a brain injury or cognitive disorder to give them direct access to clinical exercises that can rebuild their cognitive, speech, and language functions.

Built by neuroscientists and clinicians at Boston University in 2012, the Constant Therapy app digitizes therapy through a Neuro Performance Engine (NPE) that creates a highly customized and detailed map of each user’s strengths and deficits across 80 different categories.

The company says the program in the app delivers the optimum combination of exercises uniquely tailored to each user’s needs.

“The NPE in the app is self-learning and adaptive ability to produce new exercises is limitless. Every 3.5 seconds, a patient completes an exercise, teaching the program in the process,” said Michael Evers, CEO of The Learning Corp. “More than 100 million tasks have been completed by Constant Therapy users to date, allowing the NPE to discover new ways to improve individual tasks, fine-tune the sequence of therapies, and update current protocols, speeding up innovation in brain rehabilitation.”

Evers says that Constant Therapy moves recovery into the patients’ hands – giving them anywhere, anytime access to evidence-based exercises to help rebuild the brain.

“In a trial, patients with access to Constant Therapy did four times more therapy which resulted in a significant improvement in the patient,” added Evers.

A 2019 retrospective study published in Frontiers in Neurotechnology compared outcomes among patients using tablet-based therapy at home and those who complete the same therapy in a clinic. The study found that home users took less time to master tasks than users who only practiced in the clinic. Home users also practiced therapy more frequently than clinic users.

The app can be used by the consumer on their own or is available on referral by their clinician as a complement to in-clinic programs. Currently, Brooks Rehabilitation, Cleveland Clinic, Kaiser Permanente, Kessler Institute, Memorial Hermann, Shirley Ryan, and Spaulding Rehabilitation are using the app with stroke patients.

“The cost is $25 per month which is less than the cost of an average single session with a clinician,” added Evers.

“Our platform is powerful because it gives patients a more active role in their recovery [..] and it utilizes credible tech to impact patient lives in a measurable way,” added Evers. “This is a product that’s been developed around real patient usage and proven clinical recovery methods, making it a tangible application of technology versus a theoretical concept.”

Evers believes that traditional therapies developed decades ago just haven’t kept pace with innovations in health that can change the way people can now independently monitor their exercise, diet, and sleep.

“People want access to legitimate tools that help them manage their health,” added Evers.

After her stroke on Christmas eve in December 2017 which left her with cognitive and short-term memory challenges including aphasia, Geer was set on returning to her position as finance director at Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport.

Geer says she worked hard to recover with the help of a speech-language pathologist alongside Constant Therapy which she says put her back at work only three months after her stroke.

“I looked at it like ‘this is my job now, getting better so I can get back to work,’ I called it homework,” said Geer. “It was something that I could do at home every day that makes you feel like you’re making progress because you can see it – the app helps move you along. It gave me a sense of accomplishment because I could see real advancement as I went through the exercises.”

Geer says the app was a natural fit for her since 75 percent of what she does every day at work is on a computer.

“Outside of work, I use my iPad and I would play Words with Friends and then open Constant Therapy; it felt like it was in my wheelhouse,” said Geer. “Until I used the app, I never would’ve thought this was something you could do that actually helped. Using tech in this way was an important part of my recovery.”

We ARE in sales….

OK, I liked the picture!  I was contacted by SalesPOP! a few months ago and thought that this would be interesting.  OK, I thought JILL would be interesting.

Welcome to another informative video of SalesPOP!
Here we are interviewing Gordon Viggiano who was an expert sales consultant, specializing in building and developing sales teams in small to mid-sized companies. He spent over 30 years of experience as a VP of Sales for a number of California companies. Gordon not only brought proven sales processes and means of success but also the “Big Picture” relationship between sales and the corporate structure. Here we will be talking about the following queries:
• When you faced such a life-changing dramatic event, it obviously becomes very tempting and easy to give up and disappear into the dark so what is it you both together actually turn it into something. How are you able to resist the temptation?
• Giving yourself rewards even if you are achieving small goals or overcoming small steps can help you and motivates you to perform well. Is it helpful?
• It is critical and true that things take more time than we predict at initial stages and people don’t have the patience to deal with that. So how to manage all that!
Sometimes people don’t know how bad they are and how badly things are going. They think that they are doing well and then there comes someone who told them that they suck at everything. So how to approach and guide somebody towards reality in a positive way! About

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My LAST peach!

Why do I look so happy???

TRUE…I had the best peaches EVER from this 3 year old tree. BUT is because this is my last peach? 

NOPE! It is because my wife is writing an addendum to my book!  I can’t believe the book is almost  years old and A LOT has happened since we published that book.  I don’t want to spoil the sequel, but I WILL tell you 2 things that I am proud of.

First:  one of most successful things I accomplished in my 62 years:

I know it isn’t much…but it is a picture of what true determination really is. I stopped worrying about having the biggest house or having the coolest car. When my life was taken away from me, I looked at what was really important: my wife, my kids and my beautiful granddaughter.

What do you think? I make just the right amount of money to live…not more…not less.

And second: When I have the need for something out of the ordinary,  a door opens up.

Case In Point

I wanted to do something special for Jill’s birthday (last November); she’s been taking care of me …for almost 11 years!  Since I couldn’t spend much money, I told my daughter, Rachel,that I would have the surprise party it at our house.I said “It will be easy; we just buy some food.” She just laughed and said “you can’t have at our house. Who is going to clean it up.”….  She was right! Then Rachel suggested I have birthday party at Lake Theatre & Cafe. When I inquired about the cost, they told me it would be about

$1600 inclid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1600 including the cost of the cookies and cake.

$1600 including the cost of the cookies and cake.

While I now that Jill deserved the celebration, I didn’t know where I would get the money to pay for it. Then I received THIS is the mail…a check from the US Treasury Department for $1682!

I wasn’t expecting it… it just came…for the almost the exact amount my party would cost….

I won’t tell anything more; I don’t want to spoil Jill’s sequel.  I am sure that she will do a far better job of telling her story. That is one of her many gifts.

I am at it again!

OK, it is not as catchy as that one… but is IS close!

My speaking career is just going to the next level.  Rather than stop it, I am taking it up a notch:  New photos taken of Jill and I ( you can see so more in Meeting Professional on the site)

   

And my OLD logo…

was replaced by my NEW logo…

I designed my old logo in 5 minutes because I needed something for my website to go live.  I figured I would replaced it in a week. 7 years later, I replaced it!   I hired an artist and this is what he can up with. Do you like it?

Since I replaced the logo, I needed new business cards:

 

Soon to come are a few site revisions, but will a little slower.  I am learning WordPress, a little at a time.  I am learning WordPress because I want to keep my brain alert.  It is a GOOD thing, but I will have to take my time because learning is SO hard!

 

Holy Cow!

I had the privilege of seeing Dr. John Maxwell receive the Master of Influence award the NSA Influence conference last week.

After an AMAZING speech, Dr. Nido Qubein interviewed him.  What a wonderful experience; I have goose bumps thinking about how impactful that was on MY life!

Dr. Maxwell spoke about his early years as a paster and the good advice he got from one of his coaches: it is not about YOU….spread the GIFTS that YOU were blessed to receive.

His talk turned the conference around for me.  Dr. Maxwell is a bit older than me and he keeps writing everyday.  While I can’t write or form clever sentences, I can enhance my speech…a little at a time.  He inspired me to keep doing what I am doing.

Look at me…I am SOMEBODY!

Check out what NAHU has done from my career.  I know that it is up to ME to get exposure, but still….

NAHU Speakers Bureau – Speaker Information

Gordon Viggiano 
My Brain LLC
Wilsonville, OR
Work Phone: (503) 454-0887
Fax: (503) 855-5908
Chapter:
Web Site: http://www.mybrainllc.com
E-mail: gordon@mybrainllc.com
Video: View Now!

We were a typical family: we lived trying to do things right — working hard, providing for the family, following Christian values. On Gordon’s 51st birthday, out of nowhere, a terrible thing happened: he suffered a massive stroke! One might say we were dealt a dirty card, but we see it differently. The experience has been a true test of faith and perseverance.

Our journey of recovery is still in progress. Gordon is now 11 years post-stroke and we are happy to report that he is getting better all the time.  We will discuss this life changing experience and the lessons that have come along with it. Our hope is to inspire people and help them see that good things can happen, even when one doesn’t think it is possible. Gordon is certainly not fully recovered from his stroke so this isn’t an “I did it and you can too” speech. I am in the middle of my recovery and so my perspective is from “the trenches.” I am now the disability guru; a true stroke to success story!

Visit the My Brain LLC website for more information.

Most Requested Topics

  • Motivational
  • Disability

Speaker Reference:

Farren Baer 
Sr Vice President of Education & Professional Development
1212 New York Ave., NW  Suite 1100
NAHU
Washington, DC 20005
Work Phone: 844-257-099
E-mail:  fbaer@nahu.org

 

Another GREAT testimonial….

This just in….

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gordon spoke for 15 powerful minutes during Vision Speak 2019.  This is a highlight of the NAHU annual convention each year.  8 speakers.  15 minutes each.  Gordon captivated everyone with his well spoken message of tragedy and triumph-by choice.  He and his wife Jill, worked daily to bring new meaning to their lives and new purpose as Gordon prepared his message for stages all over America.  Not one person left that session unchanged by Gordon’s resilience.  If any audience member wasn’t familiar with the necessity of disability insurance – they are now.  Gordon is a speaker that should be engaging with audiences all over the country.

Karen Kirkpatrick – 2019 Professional Development Chair for NAHU
On Your Mark Consulting
www.onyourmarkconsulting.org/

NAHU Convention…

I spoke at the NAHU Convention a week ago. Jill Pedersen wrote:

“Falling down is painful but getting up is less hurtful” – Gordon Viggiano -Inspirational Speaker

Just one of our visionspeak motivators at NAHU nahuac2019 He shared his personal story of why disability insurance is so important. agentsaretheanswer

 

The audience of the NAHU Convention looked happy; I will be doing my recap with the NAHU representative next week and I  will let you know.   My goal is 5 speaking engagement for this one speech; keep your fingers crossed! Last year, I hit this goal for another talk that I did.

…and then I spent a few days in San Diego.

 

I am Going to the NAHU to Present….

Can you believe it?

I will presenting at Vision Speak on Sunday, 6/28 at 2:00pm…delivering my talk to insurance brokers; the agents who make a difference in people lives by providing income protection insurance.

I brought my first disability policy when I was 25 and another one when I was 33.  If you can believe it, I am 62!

Over the years, we looked at the premiums for those disability policies and asked ourselves  “Why are we paying these?  Nothing is going to happen to us!”   But they weren’t that expensive;  so we kept paying.

In March 2008, something stirred me to reach out to our new insurance guy, Brad, and talk about increasing my disability coverage.  I even went to Brad’s office and filled out the paperwork for a much higher value disability policy.  

As you can imagine, I didn’t sign the policy because I was in the process of completing my taxes.  Then, you know what happened!

This has been my dream conference.  I wanted to present at it from the beginning….and 5 years later…I am here!

Holy Cow!

#NAHU

 

Why Am I Different?

Jill is writing this one…

One of the hard things about my sweet stroke surviving husband is that people often assume he is fine. That he can think clearly and that he can make sense of the world around him like anyone else.  This is sometimes true…but not always true!

Sometimes, he can participate in conversation and make perfect sense.  Then there are the other times. He will participate in a conversation and suddenly say something completely off-topic, insulting, nonsensical, and/or abrasive/aggressive.  I want to say “Please forgive him!  His brain doesn’t work right!” But the words are already out there and the other person is offended and no amount of explaining changes that.

For anyone out there that we have offended/insulted/freaked out, I am sorry.  Please understand it was not intentional. It is the stroke talking.