Fall 2019

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In this Issue

Easing the Work of Family Caregivers

In recent years, there’s been an increase in technology designed to address the needs of family caregivers. Find out what kinds of help are available.

Communicating When, Where and What You Want

The high and low tech of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for aphasia.

When Stroke Affects the Occipital Lobe

Our occipital lobe, the smallest of the four lobes of the cerebral cortex, controls how we visually interpret our world.

My Story of Striving in the Post-Stroke World

Mitch Raymond had a stroke during childhood. He shares his uphill battle full of twists and turns and how he’s been able to achieve success.

Clothing That Works for You

Learn about clothing that helps overcome the common challenges of dressing after stroke: dressing with one hand, manipulating fasteners, accommodating orthotics/braces and moving garments over less mobile body parts.

Lifelong Friends

Survivor Delanie Stephenson made more than progress in stroke rehab – she made friends for life.

Beloved

Caregiver Deborah Stephan’s expressive poem about the stroke experience.

Best hospital for stroke patients might not be the closest one, experts say

A new policy statement from the American Stroke Association looks to boost stroke prevention, treatment and recovery.

Understanding NFL legend Tedy Bruschi's 'mini-stroke'

Former New England Patriot Tedy Bruschi proved what he'd learned from a previous stroke when he started having symptoms on the Fourth of July.

What migraine sufferers need to know about stroke risk

Younger women and those who get the debilitating headaches "with aura" needn't fret but should be aware of the stroke link.
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Stroke Rehabilitation

Making the Best Decisions at Discharge After Stroke

The type of rehabilitation and support systems a survivor receives at discharge can strongly influence health outcomes and recovery. In this, the first part of a two-part series on stroke rehab, we offer guidance for the decision-making process required when it’s time to leave the hospital.

What to Expect from Outpatient Rehab

After stroke, about two-thirds of survivors receive some type of rehabilitation. Outpatient therapy may consist of Several types of therapy. Whether a patient is referred to inpatient or outpatient therapy depends on the level of medical care required.

What to Expect in Stroke Rehab

Following a stroke, about two-thirds of survivors receive some type rehabilitation. In this second of our two-part series, we want to alleviate some of the mystery, fear and anxiety around the inpatient rehab part of the stroke recovery journey.
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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.

Helping Others Understand

Stroke affects people differently and many of the effects of stroke can be complicated. Helping friends and family understand how a stroke is affecting a survivor can help everyone involved.

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!