Summer 2019

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In this Issue

The Future of Rehab May Be at Home

How telerehab is showing great promise for stroke survivors and those who care about them.

Helping Others Understand: All Strokes Are Not the Same

We know it can be hard for family and friends to understand why some people they know who’ve had strokes can do things that their loved one can’t after their stroke. All strokes, and recovery from them, are not the same.

Going Back to Work After Stroke

A stroke can be a life-changing event that often includes overcoming physical, cognitive or speech barriers. Making the decision to return to work, despite those barriers, as well as the process of finding the right job, is unique for each survivor.

A Memorable Beginning

Survivor Deborah Nealon had a stroke at 35 due to Grave’s disease. She didn’t know it could happen to someone so young.

A Tribute to Love

They were told they’d be lucky to expect five more years when her father had his stroke. It’s been 30 years since then. Their daughter pays tribute to their devotion, determination and triumphs along the way.

My Stroke Experience

Stroke survivor Rita Rose was determined to start writing again. Rather than submitting a piece of prose, she expressed her stroke journey with a poem.

Missed osteoporosis screening puts stroke survivors at fracture risk

Stroke survivors are at risk for osteoporosis, broken bones or falling. Yet many aren’t screened for such dangers, which may increase the odds they’ll suffer fractures, a new study says.

Don’t (Do) Look Back

Comedian and stroke survivor Jon Kawie – in his own special way - imagines the challenges of stroke survival throughout history.

Emphysema may increase risk of ruptured aneurysms

When a weakened artery wall balloons or bulges, it’s called an aneurysm. For people with emphysema, the risk of that aneurysm rupturing is much higher than for those without the lung condition, new research suggests.

Caregivers must safeguard their own health to help others

Caring for a loved one with a serious medical condition can be overwhelming at times, especially with other obligations at work and home. So, it’s important for caregivers to remember to tend to their own physical and emotional health needs, too.
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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!