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This is a personal account of horticultural therapy, or gardening with disabilities, by someone who shares his own firsthand experiences. Rothert, the manager of urban horticulture at the Chicago Botanic Garden and president of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, discusses gardening while one is seated, making raised beds and smooth paths, selecting appropriate plants and tools, and performing maintenance chores.

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Huw Watkins’ wife suffered a brainstem stroke in May 2003. For the next six months he found himself on an emotional rollercoaster as he looked after her, and learnt to look after himself at the same time. When someone close to you has a stroke, it is not only they who need support. You find yourself thrust into a new and frightening world, in which you often feel lost and helpless.

Huw had to deal with medical professionals, liaise with family and friends, and cope with his own emotions. He also had to grasp a whole raft of new skills and concepts, from medical information about strokes to basic household tasks that were new to him - he’d never cooked before, for example, or used the washing machine.

Huw kept a record of the months following his wife’s stroke, and has now put his experience into a book, At a Stroke - The rollercoaster of living with someone who has had a stroke. Unlike most books for people who have been affected by stroke, Huw’s story is intended to help other carers of stroke patients - a group for whom very little is written. He combines his recollections with useful advice for others travelling on the rollercoaster after him.

“How I wish I could have read it when I was caring for my mother” Miriam Margolyes
“A moving personal testimony” Joan Bakewell

“Comforting, helpful and practical” Baroness Warnock

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Suzanne Mintz is the president and co-founder of National Family Caregivers Alliance (NVCA). She also is a family caregiver and a passionate spokeswoman for family caregivers in this country. Her book tells the story of where that passion comes from and what she and the NFCA have done to improve the lives of these remarkable people who are responsible for their loved ones. The book also has resources and tip sheets for dealing with the requirements of caregiving, including tips on getting a good night’s sleep and developing intimacy again. Available online: .

Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of Nora is Moshe Feldenkrais’ classic study of his work with Nora, a woman who has suffered a severe stroke and lost her neuromuscular coordination, including the ability to read and write. Feldenkrais uses rational and intuitive approaches to help his student relearn basic motor skills. One can observe here the groundwork of Feldenkrais’ extraordinary insights which became known as the Feldenkrais Method. We follow his detailed descriptions of the trial and error process which led him to see the ingredients that were needed to help Nora reshape her attention, perception, imagination and cognition

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Stronger After Stroke puts the power of recovery in the reader’s hands by providing easy instructions for reaching the highest possible level of healing. Written for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and their loved ones, the book presents a new approach that is startling in its simplicity. .

Hospital stays after a stroke are often short compared to the lengthy period of rehabilitation and gradual return of function. After a Stroke concentrates on the home recovery process, assisting patients and their families in the transition from patient back to person. Author Cleo Hutton, herself a twelve-year stroke survivor and nurse, gives readers tips she learned and used herself during her recovery

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Overcoming horrific odds she progressed slowly through the recovery process. As a faithful patient Ruth followed all of her physicians recommendations. 2 1/2 years later she had regained far more than her doctors thought possible. Still 100% disabled she was encouraged by her physicians to accept her condition and be content with what little she had regained. Faced with seemingly insurmountable odds Ruth refused to be content was determined to begin a quest to regain all that she had lost. It took years after the stroke for her to discover the answers that would end her suffering with “disabilities” and restore the person she once was. Follow Ruth as she journeys out of the darkness of the stroke. Experience the tears and joys, frustration and hope, as she uncovers answers in ancient mysteries in a far away land. Join her on the quest that finally brought her into the light. NEVER SAY NEVER .

A groundbreaking recovery method for stroke survivors who don’t want to give up on life. As many as 50% of stroke survivors remain disabled to some degree, sometimes severely, with no way to continue their recovery after the insurance gives out. Patients are often erroneously told there is nothing they can do but wait and see. But there are really no limits on how fully they can recover. This innovative workbook presents clear, simple and effective practical recovery plans that help stroke survivors recover from the most common stroke disabilities and become capable and active again. Weekly and daily worksheets enable you to track your progress for 3 months. These recovery plans assist you to recover your ability to walk, speak, think, use your hands, eat, drink and swallow. A targeted nutritional plan helps your brain and body heal. There is plenty of work involved - but you will be in charge and there is no limit to how much you can achieve.

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A stroke is a devastating occurrence in the life of a family. After damage is assessed the patient, family members, caregivers, doctors and friends collaborate on rehabilitation.

The newest entry in North Atlantic’s Family Health Series is a guide to the causes and consequences of a stroke. It outlines a systematic plan to help restore normal living developed by healthcare professionals

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Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States today and the leading cause of adult disability. Now Valerie Greene, a stroke survivor whose recovery surpassed even the most optimistic expectations, uses her own dramatic, inspiring, and eye-opening story to illustrate and deliver the important practical information you and your loved ones need to prevent, recognize, minimize, and recover from stroke.

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