Returning to Work After a Stroke, a posting by National Stroke Association’s “Faces of Stroke”.

Nearly one quarter of all strokes occur in people under the age of 65. Of those, nearly 50 percent will return to a full- or part-time job.

Depending on the severity of the stroke, a stroke survivor might need weeks or months away from work. Frequently, a survivor’s job provides his or her source of health insurance, so it is important to return to the job as soon as possible.

Common Barriers to Going Back to Work
For some, returning to work is not an option. For others, barriers to returning to work might include:

The severity of the stroke
Physical disability
Memory and cognitive problems
Lack of a rehabilitation focus on returning to work (vocational rehabilitation)
Employer attitudes, understanding of stroke and supportiveness
Physical work environment
Employer’s ability and willingness to provide assistive devices
The health of the economy
Stigma associated with stroke

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