Ways to Socialize after a Stroke

iStock_000017968604XSmallHaving a stroke can be isolating.  If you have a deficit in speech or trouble getting around, it is easy to just stay in the house and not socialize.  In fact, many stroke survivors find that they get depressed, and this keeps them from getting around people.  Some are very embarrassed by the way their body behaves now – such as being unable to control bowel or bladder and the need for assistive equipment – and this will keeps a stroke survivor chained to their homes. Continue reading

Hobbies that are Stroke Survivor Friendly

Family Plays Video GamesWhen you’ve had a stroke, you may feel like you can’t do anything.  Instead of focusing on what you can do, you may tend to focus only on your deficits and the things you are unable to do.  Unfortunately, this can lead to depression, withdrawal, and sometimes thoughts of suicide.  While your medications and doctor appointments are vitally important, you should not ignore the leisure activities that are going to help you feel more like your old self.  The opportunities for hobbies are limitless, even if you have severe deficits.  With some modifications, many old hobbies and new interests can be shaped to your needs. Continue reading

Grieving the Loss of Function after a Stroke

elderly_2131816bEveryone knows you go through a grief process when you lose a loved one.  In fact, most people know that there are five stages to the process, the first being denial.  What many don’t know or understand is that grieving is a process we go through for many life circumstances.  For instance, losing a job, getting a divorce, or sending the kids off to college can elicit grieving feelings in the person who feels the loss. Continue reading

Considerations when Adapting Your Home for a Stroke Survivor

windowThe shock of a stroke can leave patients and family members reeling.  From the initial worry about death to the slow process of accepting limitations, the road to “normalcy” seems to be pockmarked with large and hazardous sinkholes.  Fortunately, many stroke survivors do not immediately return to the home, and this can give family members an opportunity to adjust the environment to suit their new needs.  Whether your loved one is able to head back to modified independence or they are moving into your house, certain considerations should be addressed before they arrive home from rehabilitation. Continue reading

Quick Guide to Post Stroke Therapies

08stroke_spanThe first few days after a stroke are confusing enough.  From the initial worry about surviving the incident to learning how to deal with new limitations, it is completely understandable to be overwhelmed in the first few weeks following such a life-changing incident.  Once you or a loved one is out of the hospital, you will face a bewildering array of therapies that aim to increase the functional abilities after the stroke.  For someone who has no background in medicine, the different types of therapies may not readily indicate what exactly they are supposed to do for the stroke survivor. Continue reading

Stroke Doesn’t Define You: What You Can Learn from Janine Shepard

Janine-Sephered-Personal-bestStroke certainly affects your physical and mental abilities, but many patients are unprepared for the impact it has on their morale, their attitude, their soul. A trip to the bookstore or idle browsing at Amazon will reveal countless inspirational stories and strategies for overcoming the hurdles life can sometimes present, but very few focus on the particular problems a stroke survivor must face. Fortunately, the story of Janine Shepard is one that transcends medical particulars and speaks to the heart of what it is to face physical challenges and overcome them in triumph. Continue reading

Mirror Therapy after a Stroke

urlMirror therapy may sound like a funny treatment for the deficits following a stroke, but recent thought seems to indicate that it may be beneficial. The mind is a highly changeable, plastic organ. This means that the brain can adapt to the deficits caused by the stroke. It accomplishes this task by recruiting other areas of the brain to compensate for those functions lost in the damaged area. Continue reading

Post-Stroke Conditions: What is an Intention Tremor?

196A74415037161F155D33In the realm of post-stroke conditions, tremors are common.  Although the general public may think of stroke as primarily causing paralysis, the appearance of a tremor is likely to occur with less severe strokes that do not completely paralyze.  As with all post-stroke conditions, tremors depend on where the stroke was located and how severely that part of the brain was impacted. Continue reading

What You Can Do to Lower the Chance of Another Stroke

ibi-physician-office-system-program-edmonton-02A stroke is a devastating, life changing occurrence that knocks most patients for a loop when they come to terms with the reality of the situation.  Some patients experience profound disability following a stroke, and some only suffer minor deficits that are easily surmounted with physical therapy and medications. Continue reading

Stroke Aftermath: Maintaining Your Gains After Being Discharged from the Hospital

woman-exit-hospital-400x400The acute phase of a stroke lasts for a few days, but the rehabilitation can go on for years, depending on the severity of the deficits. You will likely be exposed to very rudimentary physical therapy in the hospital as you recover from the stroke, but what happens when you are discharged? Continue reading