Strategy training after stroke is much more important than you think

Goal. Plan. Do. Check. These are the steps of strategy training, a practical tool to help stroke patients identify, assess, and solve problems on the road to regaining their independence. Most therapists consider strategy training useful for patients who have a good grasp of their strengths and weaknesses (good self-awareness). But typically it is not…

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This is how a scientific article made me realize what the real problem was with dad

Often reality blindsides stroke patients. Things that look okay right after a stroke, turn out to be problematic, while symptoms that look horrible go away in no time with minimal effort. This can be very confusing, especially because each stroke is different. Family members are confused as well about how to manage a case of…

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Good news: you can heal the brain while toning and strengthening the body!

We all hear that exercise is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Here’s yet another argument why you should get active!  Cognitive impairments like poor decision making, lack of attention, decreased thinking speed and memory loss are prevalent after a stroke. More than 80% of stroke patients experience problems with cognition in addition to their physical…

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New evidence: transient ischemic attack (TIA) may not be transient at all, but there’s a lot you can do about it

A recently published study from the Netherlands suggests that transient ischemic attacks (TIA), or mini-strokes, may leave more long-lasting damage than previously thought. If your doctor told you that your stroke was “transient”, you may be misinformed. Lead researcher Dr. Frank Rooij analyzed brain imaging on TIA patients. He found that almost a third of…

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Watch this video, listen to the music – healing the brain after stroke one note at a time

Hans Christian Andersen once said, “where words fail, music speaks.” This resonates especially with stroke patients engaging in music therapy! Most people love to listen to music. Many have even played a musical instrument, sang in a choir, or learned to dance to a melody. Now stroke patients can use their love for music to…

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Get your game on: new study highlights the role of gaming in the war against post-stroke depression

It’s no secret that rehabilitation following a stroke is tough. Depression can cloud the road to recovery. Up to this point, depression required the intervention of a professional therapist with a personalized (and costly) approach to treatment. Well, for those of you who are walking that road, a new study might help lift some of…

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