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!

 

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

 

Another great Testimonial…

This one just in from a very happy client

Simply put, Gordon is a powerful reminder for the importance of good financial planning. We can’t own a statistic. Either life happens to us or it doesn’t. When we don’t prepare properly, life can be challenging. He and his wife, Jill, will make you laugh and tear up as they deliver a keynote at your event. For the WA state NAIFA annual event, there was a resounding approval!

Ryan Jewell
NAIFA Washington

A nice note to remind you of what NOT to do….

Sometimes it is nice to see something like this…and not be compelled to answer.  A few years ago, I did want to respond.  So I thank Ms. Sannie Mutul for reminding me of all I got back.  After 11 years, I still have more to gain!

My Name is Mrs Sannie M. Nureeden,  born July 19, 1949. I need a trust
worthy person who can help me accomplish my desire wish
on earth in humanitarian service with the 10.7 million US dollars
funds that was left for me by my late husband in a financial
institution before he was murdered.

My doctor has informed me that I have short period to live because I
have been under medical supervision for over (3) months since I have
been battling with a deadly infection. I do not have anybody after my
only  young daughter who will inherit this fund if I don’t survive the
sickness through your assistance. Please get back to me if you can
give me your word of assurance to be trusted.

Yours Sister,
Mrs Sannie Mutul

Guess What I Forgot…..

NATIONAL STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

May is World Stroke Month, not June. Sorry about that; I had it all cued up and I forgot to post it.

Many health and heart organizations come together every May to raise awareness about the causes and effects of stroke.

One of their biggest campaigns is FAST, teaching the world to know the symptoms of stroke and how to respond quickly to help save a life.

  • Face – By asking the person to smile you can tell immediately if one side of the face droops.
  • Arm – Ask the person to raise both arms. Observe to see if one arm drifts lower than the other.
  • Speech – Slurred speech is a symptom of stroke. Ask the person to repeat a single sentence.
  • Time – Call 911-Fast. Time may be the difference between life and death or even partial and full recovery.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Visit the cdc.gov and stroke.org to find out more. Use #StrokeAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Stroke Awareness Day was proclaimed in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush. It had been observed for many years before the proclamation. The Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, World Stroke Campaign and many other have all participated in bringing education, research, and treatment on a global basis.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!