Fall 2014

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Coming Home: When Adult Stroke Survivors Depend on Their Parents for Care

Whether we’ve had good parents or bad parents, most children are glad to move away from home. Returning to live with our parents is something most adults avoid at all costs. But a stroke can change that.

Coming Home: Personal Stories

Personal profiles and tips from three families with adult children who've experienced stroke and found themselves dependent on their parents for help.

When You Can't Just Do It

Do you find it difficult to realize your own best intentions, much less the latest health recommendations? What is necessary is motivation - the will to overcome the inertia of habit. Caregivers can play a big role.

When You Can't Just Do It: Motivation Magic

“When I saw that I could still entertain people, that’s when the light went on that there was hope for the future, even if I had to do it from a wheelchair. Entertaining people gave me a purpose.” He did his first post-stroke magic show at a school three months after leaving rehab.

Managing Risk

Having a stroke or TIA increases your chances of another stroke by 3 percent after one month, up to 16 percent five years after stroke. Of the nearly 700,000 ischemic strokes each year, approximately 180,000 of them are recurrent. According to our recently updated Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Patients with Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack, there are a number of things you can do.

Camarillo Brillo

John shares the story of his first post-stroke haircut.

Folding Laundry One-Handed

Step by step instructions that simplify folding with the use of only one hand.

Who Am I?

A stroke changes so many things so quickly. Survivor Dorcas Sutton explores questions of what it has done to her own identity.

Dad Finds A Friend

It took five years after his stroke before Doris' father met another survivor with aphasia.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: Family & Friends

The first of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.
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Departments

Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These stroke survivors, caregivers and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!