Winter 2019

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In this Issue

When They Don't Know What They Don't Know

Sometimes stroke survivors appear to be in denial about some effects of their stroke. But what if their refusal to recognize a deficit isn’t denial, or any other psychological response? Anosognosia refers to a person’s lack of awareness of their own deficits. It can happen in people with stroke.

Poetic Expressions of Living with Aphasia

Voices of Hope for Aphasia sponsored a “poetry bash” in March 2018. The poems on these pages are from that event; the opening essay is by Dr. Hinckley.

Post-stroke Dental Care

Dental care is a conglomeration of fine-motor skills, so stroke can have an impact on a survivors’ teeth and gums, and that in turn can increase stroke risk.

Rehab Boogaloo

It was time for graduation day — one last session of physical and occupational therapy for final evaluations. Piece of cake, right? Wrong. Survivor Vince Selasky shares the "dance" of his stroke rehab experience.

How I Have Moved Forward

Ten years ago, she was a junior in college, thriving academically, happy, healthy and an avid runner. Little did she know things were about to take an unexpected turn that would change her life forever.

Hello, Goodbye

Comedian and stroke survivor, John Kawie, offers his thoughts on job opportunities for some of the “helpful” people he’s experienced since his stroke.

A better way to predict heart attacks and strokes in space

Researchers may have developed a more reliable way to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke in astronauts — and the technique may eventually help gauge the same danger for regular folks on Earth, too.

Loss of elasticity in blood vessels may help identify higher dementia risk

Arterial stiffness among people with mild cognitive impairments could put them at higher risk for progressing to dementia, which may include Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study exploring the connection between the brain and vascular health.

Phone app gets more adults to take their blood pressure medication

People with high blood pressure are more inclined to take their medications correctly if an app on their smartphone reminds them, a new study suggests.
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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!