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Did They Really Just Say That? Friends and relatives are often challenged regarding what to say or do when conversing with a stroke survivor. It is easy for even the most well-meaning folks to make inappropriate comments. In some cases these comments can provoke very unexpected reactions from the survivor. The classic example is the […]

A vacation provides a much needed break from the routine of recovery, but unfortunately, it can mean missing several therapy sessions. Time off doesn’t have to impede your progress, though. In fact, a vacation can reenergize your therapy sessions and take you to the next level. Before You Go Tell your physical, occupational and speech […]

5 More Tips for Wellness in 2014 – Five steps to help stroke survivors reduce the risk for a second stroke, an article posted in Stroke Smart by Sara Palmer, PhD Feb 06, 2014 Here are five more steps you can take to reduce your future stroke risk and increase your wellness for the year […]

Video with 4 important tips when talking to someone with Aphasia, by Carly Gillis for Upworthy Community. Five years ago, a drunk driver gave her aphasia, which is a kind of speech disorder that sometimes happens after a stroke. But the ordeal didn’t take away her sense of humor. She imitates exactly what it’s like […]

5 Ways to Reduce Post-Stroke Pain, Article posted on 11/5/13 by Mara Calomino for Stroke Smart More often than not, survivors will experience pain associated with their stroke. This pain can either be local or central, moderate or severe, constant or on and off. Local pain is due to muscle or soft tissue damage and […]

Speech therapist and audiologist, Caitlin Longman, offers the following tips when communicating with someone who has aphasia. One in three stroke victims will experience some form of aphasia, a communication disability. Tips for communicating with a person with aphasia: 1. Always be respectful when addressing an individual living with aphasia. People living with aphasia are […]

5 Trouble Free Traveling Tips, an Article posted on Stroke Smart, posted by Mara Calomino Oct 28 2013 With the winter approaching, travel is probably on your mind, either to see family members, or just get away from the cold. But if you or a loved one has survived a stroke, traveling may seem like […]

PAUL’S FAVORITES: Electronic Dictionary From Paul Berger: I have a Franklin Speaking Language Master Electronic Dictionary and Thesaurus that is more than 15 years old. I use this sturdy, compact dictionary to understand words in the newspaper, books, or work instructions. I type in the word and search on definitions, synonyms, and the thesaurus, by […]

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Losing the ability to communicate is distressing and incredibly frustrating. Friends and family members can make communication easier by: 1. Paying close attention to the affected person 2. Giving feedback about the need for clarification 3. Providing more time for communication 4. Confirming information 5. Keeping statements relatively brief 6. Supplementing speech with gestures

This from National Stroke Association: Treatment alone is not always enough to fight depression. A variety of practical management strategies can help fight depression and other difficult emotions. If depression is left untreated and unmanaged, it can worsen a number of other common post-stroke conditions such as malnutrition, incontinence, pain, fatigue and sleep issues. Depressive […]