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  • 30 Nov 2017 12:59 PM | Mark Cyr (Administrator)


    Caregiving any time of the year is a difficult job, and when the holidays come around, you can find yourself wondering what kind of a present could repay a caregiver’s constant attention to your loved one.  It can seem like there is nothing that would make up for the time caregivers spend making sure they do everything in their power to keep your loved ones happy. Check out these tips to help your favorite caregiver relax and rejuvenate this holiday season!

    Relaxing and Rejuvenating

    “Relax” is not usually a word that most caregivers know the meaning of. They spend all their time caring for others, and this usually takes up most of their lives.  Even when they go home, they have to care for themselves and potentially their family!  It seems as if their job never ends, so whenever you are looking into showing them how much they are appreciated for their work, try giving them something that could help them relax.  

    Meal-delivery services are always a fantastic idea, allowing caregivers a week or so without the constant need to create a healthy meal idea for the family.  There are many to choose from, including Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and others. These options can be relatively inexpensive and will allow you to help take care of them for once!  You could also consider an adult onesie for your caregiver. You could even get them and the care receiver matching onesies so they can laze around together every once in awhile.

    Caregivers might also like a gift of a spa day, either out at a fantastic resort or a nice spa kit to take home.  Finding time to go out can be potentially difficult, so unless you can give a day off as well, you might want to stick to the take-home version.  You could also take the time to write out a fantastic letter of recognition for them and for the company that they work for.  People like to be told how much they are valued!

    Things to Consider With Gifts

    There are a lot of ways you can show caregivers how much you and your loved one care about them and the work that they do.  You can give gift cards to their favorite places or for some of their favorite things to do in their off time.  Knowing what your caregiver enjoys is step one for making sure whatever gift you give them is going to be a hit.  There are also a few rules of thumb you should follow to allow yourself to give the best gift possible and avoid any kind of embarrassment about what you choose to give.  

    The rule for holiday bonuses or other gifts for caregivers is one week’s salary, so try to meet that same kind of requirement with whatever gift you give them.  Some private or personal caregivers do rely on the cash around the holidays, but whatever you choose to give will be well appreciated!  You should also check to make sure that if they are working through a company, tips and gifts are allowed.  Otherwise, you can look into making donations to a charity in their name.  

    Overall, if you are giving a tip, large gift, or just some time off, making sure your caregiver feels appreciated will go a long way toward making their holiday the best it can be!

     Written and Contributed by Beverly Nelson

    Photo Credit: Pixabay

     

  • 29 Oct 2017 12:26 PM | Mark Cyr (Administrator)

    World Stroke Day

    October 29, 2017

    We All Should Be Interested 

    With World Stroke Day coming up on October 29th we should all focus on Stroke.

    WHY you ask!

    Let’s start with – one in six of us is going to have a stroke in their lifetime. That’s a lot of us! And with all of our communities and social media connections nearly all of us has a “Stroke Connection” says Bob Mandell, survivor, World Stroke Organization Delegate, author, and Founder of Stroke Recovery Foundation in Naples. Not well recognized is that stroke is a woman’s issue, a person of color issue and can strike people at all ages including children, not just the elderly.

    “The sad thing is that more than half of those strokes are preventable? Yes, preventable! Imagine that you are disabled from a stroke as I was, and later find out that it could have been prevented by changing your lifestyle.” Eating less bon-bons and exercising, gaining control of your blood pressure, diabetes, stress levels and high cholesterol.

    Going forward, we all need to know the signs of stroke – FAST – sudden Facial issues, weakness in an Arm(s), difficulty with Speech and the critical importance of Time. When it comes to stroke – Time is Brain Loss. The more time goes by from onset to diagnosis and treatment, the more likely long-term disability.

    And for those stricken, we need to know that stroke is treatable. I have learned that stroke recovery is a life-long endeavor in which you can make significant gains years after your stroke, in spite of what others may tell you. The good news – the Stroke Recovery Foundation’s education, coaching and resource navigation services, and with your and your caregiver’s determination, you can have a full, meaningful, and exciting life.

    Let’s all stand up for stroke prevention and great recoveries!

    o

    Bob Mandell is the author of Stroke Victor, How to Go from Stroke Victim to Stroke Victor. A survivor, he is a public speaker and founder of Stroke Recovery Foundation in Naples, FL. He can be reached at Bobm@StrokeRF.org or 239-254-8266.



    5621 Strand Blvd – Ste 211-E * Naples, FL 34110 * 239-254-8266

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  • 1 Oct 2017 3:00 PM | Mark Cyr (Administrator)


    Today’s world is data driven so we thought it would be worthwhile to assemble a batch of relevant stroke statistics.  I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR ADVOCACY THAT WE HIGHLIGHT THE TREMENDOUS SIZE OF THE STROKE PROBLEM SO THAT WE CAN BETTER ADDRESS IT.

    You may find some of the statistics surprising as we did.

           STROKE DATA POINTS

    There are a lot of strokes:

    • ·         There were 800,000 strokes in America the last time someone counted a few years ago. This has and will continue to increase during the coming years due to demographics.
    • ·         34% of strokes occur in people under 65, 10% are under 50 - that’s 80,000 + people.
    • ·         It is a complex disease – there are many types and intensities of strokes.
    • ·        Surprisingly even children have strokes! Last year 3,000 juveniles had strokes.
    • ·         Pediatric stroke is an issue and often goes undiagnosed. For many it’s just not on the radar! There are many more juvenile strokes!
    • ·         Stroke kills almost 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 19 deaths.
    • ·         One American dies from stroke every 4 minutes - the fifth most lethal disease!

    ·         85% of all strokes are ischemic strokes, when blood flow to the brain is blocked by a clot.

    ·         Stroke is an orphan disease – falling between cardiology and neurology. Did you ever hear of a strokeologist?

    • ·         Strokes are scary – it strikes like a tornado – from out of nowhere.
    • ·         And there are many millions of people living with the after-effects of past years’ strokes.

    Stroke can be considered a woman’s issue!

    • ·         55,000 more women than men have strokes.
    • ·         Not discussed however - more women than men are stroke caregivers –                 your life just changed!
    • ·         Twice as many women die from stroke as breast cancer.
    • ·         Woman are less likely to participate in clinical studies than men.

    The societal costs of stroke are significant!

    • ·         Stroke costs the United States an estimated $36.5 billion each year. This total includes the cost of health care services, medications to treat stroke, and missed days of work.

    Stroke is the number one long-term disabling disease!

    • ·        No two strokes are the same! Rehabilitation can be lengthy and complicated.

    Research expenditures are deficient in the context of the diagnoses data

    and the long-term survivor/caregiver lifestyle implications!

    o   This is particularly the case with rehabilitation research.

    Why is stroke not on this list?

             FEDERAL SPENDING

                (National Institutes of Health)

              Cancer                                          $ 5.42 billion

              HIV/AIDS                                                   $ 3.01 billion

              Aging                                            $ 2.49 billion

              Heart Disease                              $ 1.26 billion

              Diabetes                                                    $ 1.04 billion

              Autoimmune Diseases                  $  838 million

              Obesity                                          $  834 million

              Breast Cancer                              $  674 million

              Liver Disease                                $  610 million

              Alzheimer’s Disease                     $  566 million

              Kidney Disease                              $  565 million

                              Source: Centers for Disease Control

                              Printed in an article – Brain Trust in Florida Trend Magazine – 3/2015

    • ·        In the US, there exists an uneven patchwork of stroke care, rehabilitation and other support services which are often difficult to access.
    • o   Stroke survivor services very limited and are geographic centric.

    IT’S TIME - JOIN US AS WE CHANGE THE PERCEPTION OF STROKE!

    References

    1.     Kochanek KD, Xu JQ, Murphy SL, Miniño AM, Kung HC. Deaths: final data for 2009. [PDF-371K] Nat Vital Stat Rep. 2011; 60(3).

    2.     Go AS, Mozaffarian D, Roger VL, Benjamin EJ, Berry JD, Borden WB, et al. Heart disease and stroke statistics—2013 update: a report from the American Heart Association

    3.     Johns Hopkins Medicine

    4.     National Stroke Association – StrokeSmart Magazine


  • 19 Jul 2017 3:32 PM | Bob Mandell (Administrator)

    “I always believed that I could maybe come back and do it again. And if you believe you can go really, really far in your life…” Roger Federer on winning 2017 Wimbledon tennis Tournament

    Likewise you can comeback from your Wimbledon – A STROKE!

  • 17 Jul 2017 4:33 PM | Bob Mandell (Administrator)

    In 2015 -16, I established Stroke Recovery Foundation to improve post-stroke lifestyles and outcomes. In retrospect, while that mission stands today, and I believe its greatly needed, that mission is a bit like motherhood. When I described it to seemingly interested folks, the more astute ones quickly followed up with the question – “Bob, just how are you going to fulfill that mission – what are you going to do? You aren’t a physician, a researcher, or a medical person.” Truth be told, I barely passed chemistry.

    I thought, that’s a darn good question. But I do have one big advantage – Like many of you, I am a survivor and “I walk the walk.”

    Looking around the stroke landscape I saw others focused on general stroke awareness, and some others on prevention and knowing the signs of a stroke, the so-called FAST warning signs. I realized, that all those efforts were super important and I salute them. We stroke survivors need to do more in that area. Much more!

    But there needs to be more and so I determined to look at other countries for clues of what to do. Twice now, I have attended the Canadian Stroke Congress as a media representative and Poster presenter and more recently, the UK Stroke Forum in Liverpool where I again was a Poster presenter.

    I got some ideas!


  • 17 Jul 2017 4:31 PM | Bob Mandell (Administrator)


    Want to feel better after your stroke – look between your legs!

    No, I am not kidding and I am not being lude. It’s just crazy that focusing on sex often seems so embarrassing and so not done after stroke. But sex, as I wrote in my book, Stroke Victor, “intimacy and sex are part of humanity, a very important part. They are basic needs of humans through the ages. Without sex, none of us would exist”. Then why the skittishness about sex?

    So having suffered a stroke, you may say, no I can’t or no I won’t or “give me a break, I don’t feel up to it today”. In answer to you, I will answer – don’t go there! Just don’t. But stay with me on this post.

    This site is about hope, all about hope and the lessons learned from the “pits of stroke” and providing readers with input from professionals in the medical community.

    So, let us help you since we have been there – “we have walked the walk” and do so to this very day. That said, we are about doing the things that will transform your life from sadness and possibly depression to one in which you and your caregiver partner engage the “New Me” and the “New Us”. And sex and intimacy are part of the transformation.

    Yes, hope is great, but you need to graduate from hope to execution. And I understand that with sex and intimacy it can be embarrassing, and it can be awkward, and it can be nerve racking even with your spouse or partner after a stroke. It’s perfectly normal to be insecure about it because you may be feeling inadequate and unsure of yourself, and embarrassed to discuss it. Or because of your disabilities, you are feeling inadequate because you know you can’t perform as you had in the past, men and woman alike.

    Yes, you may feel that you can’t perform like you used to. That’s perfectly natural, and truthfully, many of us can’t. But don’t dwell on it – s… happens, so get over it!

    I, WE LEARNED – TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO, NOT WHAT YOU CAN’T! And I guarantee you that if you come at this with an open mind and a willingness to try, you and your partner can do something. And something is better than nothing.

    And, the first lesson is very importantly, to start slow, and go one step at a time.

    In another post, we will continue our discussion regarding the best way to feel better after a stroke.

    Cheers!


  • 7 Jun 2017 2:56 PM | Mark Cyr (Administrator)


    Learning from our Neighbors up North

    On three occasions, I have traveled to Canada to participate in Canadian Stroke Conferences as part of my global review of stroke initiatives. This past year I was invited to have a Poster Presentation as part of the Canadian Stroke Congress. I was honored as a survivor since these were scientific meetings and for the most part the posters were scientific.

    Since I was also a US Media representative I had a platform to chat with many of the really bright scientists who attended the meeting. At these meeting’s, I have always been impressed with the resources being dedicated to stroke in Canada and when I speak in America always remark about it. Remember, though Canada is a quite large county in terms of square miles, its population is only about 10% of America’s. I have also been quite interested that there were many American presenters.

    Having made important connections, I thought it would be interesting to look at some of the highlights of the 2017 Canadian Stroke Report. The following was communicated in an email which I received and thank the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Canada for including me.

    I should note that their data is about the Canadian population however there is little reason to think that proportionately it would be much different than the US. Also, they have a completely different healthcare funding scheme – a so called single payor system which is the government. Canadian taxes are higher than in the US however healthcare is paid through taxation.

    We would sincerely like to thank the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation for their work and for making their Report available.

    That said, here are their highlights verbatim:

    Highlights from the 2017 Canadian Heart and Stroke Report

    Half of stroke survivors require assistance with basic daily activities

    OTTAWA, June 7, 2017 /CNW/ – The Heart & Stroke 2017 Stroke Report reveals extensive gaps in recovery support and services for Canadians who experience stroke at any age. Half of stroke survivors need help with daily activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, going to the washroom and getting around. Many deficits are “hidden” such as memory issues, depression or fatigue, or behavior issues in kids. These are not well understood, and overall many needs are not being met.

    “We know stroke can happen at any age,” says Yves Savoie, CEO, Heart & Stroke. “We need to ensure all Canadians who experience stroke and their families receive support and that they are at the center of care, their personal goals are understood, and they are involved every step of the way as recovery progresses and their needs change.”

    Age is the strongest risk factor for stroke and the population is aging; at the same time stroke in younger people is on the rise – at a rate faster than older adults. There are more than 400,000 Canadians living with long-term disability from stroke and this will almost double in the next 20 years.

    Lasting – and misunderstood – effects

    The effects of stroke range from mild to severe, and can be obvious physical limitations or more subtle. One in three stroke survivors is diagnosed with aphasia, a language problem that affects the ability to talk with and understand others. Between one-third and one-half develop depression; and between one-third and three-quarters have post-stroke fatigue. However, according to a poll commissioned by Heart & Stroke fewer than 3% of Canadians identified fatigue or depression as lasting effects associated with stroke.

    “I am still affected by it. My hand will never be the same; my arm will never be the same. I have good days and bad days. I will never be the guy I was pre-stroke. He’s gone. I can only be this guy. But I am still singing at the top of my game,” says Alan Frew, lead singer of Glass Tiger, who had a stroke in 2015 at age 58, worked hard to recover and is back performing and touring.

    Challenges for everybody

    Stroke affects quality of life and influences family relationships. While some excellent resources are available in communities, they are too few and mostly in major centers. Barriers exist around awareness, access, and cost. Recovery needs can change over time and some challenges are specific to ages but others are consistent across life stages.

    “One thing I have learned over the years is in the Indigenous community, there is a significant lack of proper resources at the community level,” says Senator Murray Sinclair who had a minor stroke in 2007 at age 56. “I feel lucky that when I had a stroke I was living in an urban area because if it had happened to me in some of the communities where I have traveled over the years I would have suffered significantly from the lack of appropriate medical care, particularly urgent medical treatment.”

    A family affair

    Two-thirds of stroke survivors return home and family caregivers play an essential role in their recovery.

    The stroke caregiver role starts abruptly and they rarely receive the preparation they need. They must adapt quickly and learn to be experts and advocates, attend appointments, and update various health professionals. Caregivers can experience negative impacts on their mental and physical health and on their work/career and finances, and have less time for other family obligations.

    According to our poll of Canadians, 31% of respondents said they would not feel capable of personally caring for a family member who experienced stroke. Their top three concerns are: lack of skills and ability to provide care, finances and not having free time or help from others.

    Stroke across the ages

    For babies and kids recovering from stroke, it is about habilitation not rehabilitation; their brains are growing and recovering at the same time. Some of the biggest challenges facing kids with stroke are cognitive and behavioral issues such as attention deficit disorder, poor decision making, and social isolation. There is a lack of awareness of stroke in the very young, gaps in treatment and care, and little disability support.

    “The earlier in life you have a stroke, the longer you deal with its effects,” says Dr. Adam Kirton, Director, Calgary Paediatric Stroke Program. “If you have a stroke as a baby you will be living with stroke your entire life.”

    Stroke in younger adults (20 – 59 years) is on the rise, at a rate faster than older adults. This “sandwich generation” faces unique recovery challenges around being able to drive again, returning to work or school, and raising young families while looking after older parents. Funding for recovery support services is limited; in general services exist for those under 18 and over 65 but not for those in between. This lack of benefits can be financially devastating.

    The average older stroke patient has five other chronic conditions (co-morbidities), adding complexity to their recovery. Often the primary caregiver is elderly and also has chronic conditions. Many older stroke patients and their caregivers face issues around isolation and depression.

    Stats

    § There are 62,000 strokes in Canada each year.

    § 80% of people survive stroke.

    § Only about 16% of stroke patients who leave inpatient acute hospital care get into inpatient rehabilitation right away, and only 19% within the first month after leaving hospital (Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations target is greater than 30%.)

    § One in 6,300 babies is born with stroke; this is one each week and about double previous estimates.

    § In Canada, there are more than 10,000 children (0 – 18 years) living with stroke.

    § It is estimated that more than 60% of children with stroke will have some long-term disability.

    § 19% of hospital admissions for stroke and TIA are for younger adult patients between the ages of 20 and 59.

    § A new stroke happens in about one in 10,000 young adults under the age of 64.

    § Age is a strong risk factor for stroke; 80% of all strokes happen to those over 60.

    § There are eight million caregivers across Canada, providing at least $25 billion of unpaid care every year.

    Read the report at heartandstroke.ca/strokereport.

    About Heart & Stroke

    Life. We don’t want you to miss it. That’s why Heart & Stroke leads the fight against heart disease and stroke. We must generate the next medical breakthroughs, so Canadians don’t miss out on precious moments. Together, we are working to prevent disease, save lives, and promote recovery through research, health promotion and public policy.

    SOURCE Heart and Stroke Foundation

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  • 27 Apr 2017 3:24 PM | Bob Mandell (Administrator)

    Adapting the Mediterranean or MIND diet means getting support from whomever you live with. It’s far better and more likely to be successful over the longer-term.

    WHY? Look, either diet excludes many foods which are the staple of many family’s typical eating patterns. And frankly, adapting these diets will likely increase your family food budgets. For example, these diets exclude pasta night and pizza night which are typical and cost much less than salads with fresh produce or fresh fish. That said, tell me what’s more important than your health, particularly after taking a hit from a stroke?

    Let’s explore some of the foods which should be eaten to better your health.

    Leafy Greens

    Spinach and other dark green leafy lettuce leaves are great to improve your mood. They contain magnesium which raises your serotonin levels which has been linked to boosting your mood. Remember, in stroke recovery feeling depressed stops progress and being in a bad mood is no good for you and anyone around you. And fresh leafy vegetables look so inviting and happy!

    Beans and Seeds

    No, I know you are not a bird! But, pumpkin seeds, beans, brazil nuts and chick peas are all great foods which fill you up and are brain boosters. They are all magnesium rich foods sure to put a smile on your face if you give them a chance.

    Salmon

    Salmon is an omega-3 rich food which has been shown to lower depression. You want the wild salmon rather than the farm breed, and less expensive, variety. I realize the wild version is more expensive but if you were a salmon fish, and you were breed on a farm would you be happy? The wild tastes better and to my way of thinking is more healthful. Besides eating salmon ever so often, I take two omega-3 supplements daily.

    Oysters

    A delicacy, so again, money can be an issue. Oysters help with zinc, which again mitigates depression. Other foods that are rich in zinc are our friendly beans, chick peas, cashews, and beef, but remember, make it lean. Also, when I feel a cold coming on, right away, I take zinc.

    Beef

    Eaten in moderation, beef is good if lean. Think flank steak, which has been butchered to remove as much fat as possible. Here is a place to get some needed protein. But forget the bloody and fatty cuts!

    Berries

    From a health benefit perspective, blueberries lead the list. High in antioxidants, these berries are your classic brain builder food. Blueberries help with brain pathway activation, are helpful from an antiaging perspective, increase cognition and don’t these little berries shine with happiness. And though blueberries seem to stand out, eat strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries also. They are all good for you. If you have to have ice cream for desert, throw some over the ice cream, but better yet have sherbet or ices, and then put the berries on top. Beautiful!

    Probiotics

    We take them! What you are doing here is introducing good bacteria to your body for improving your digestive system. People who take probiotics report improved mental attitude as well as stress reduction. All issues that contribute to the onset of depression.

    Chocolate

    I’m saving the best for last!

    Have some dark chocolate, but with at least 60 or 70% cocoa. That leaves out the milk and white chocolate. Skip the very sugary varieties which are associated with unhealthy brain health and for sure, the chocolate with high fructose corn oil or other processed ingredients. If you use chocolate syrup on top of ice cream, for example, look at the ingredients to see how many unhealthy ingredients are included. You may be surprised to find that there is no, or very little cocoa. Too much sugar and processed ingredients. Look for something else.

    Chocolate, the right kind which is the high antioxidant variety, can be helpful with mitigating depression, and seems to increase feelings of contentment. Typically, I’ll finish off my dinner with a square or two of dark chocolate.

    Stroke, or no stroke, you can have a good life as we were in Norway this past December. There we were up in the Arctic Circle with good eating habits, which do make a difference.

    I started this blog post making the point that to successfully adapt a new eating pattern is best accomplished with support rather than argument from those living in your four walls. Frankly, easier said, than done! Compromise and tolerance are a great start.

    If you need some coaching we are here to assist you maximize your recovery.



  • 27 Apr 2017 3:18 PM | Bob Mandell (Administrator)

    Reading recent reports, I have noted several dietary inclusions and substitutions that are important to SUCCESSFUL stroke recovery. These foods are about increasing your brain power. THIS IS IMPORTANT if you want to maximize your recovery!

    The Mediterranean Diet

    There has been quite a lot of talk about the positive effects of adapting the Mediterranean Diet as a substitute for whatever you are currently consuming. This diet emphasizes eating nuts, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean protein, and olive oil and at the same time substantially cutting down, or better yet, not eating processed foods, fried and sugary foods. One suggestion is to stay out of fast food restaurants such as McDonalds (and there are many, many others) who mostly serve the food you should avoid.

    Not only is there talk about the benefits, but there is considerable research backing up the talk. According to Cara Rosenbloom reporting in The Washington Post, this diet is also found to be very helpful with mitigating the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Now if you have suffered or are afraid of suffering a stroke you don’t need any of those three to complicate your life.

    Adapt the MIND diet

    More recently, another diet has come to the forefront called the MIND diet which takes the Mediterranean diet one step further by including in the recommended foods leafy greens and berries with extra emphasis on nuts. And incidentally, nuts with sugar coatings or lots of salt are not the nuts you should be eating. This is a more BRAIN HEALTHY diet. And remember, if you suffer a stroke, that is a brain attack which means your brain has taken a hit.

    So, if you are going to improve your chances of recovery I believe you need to adapt a diet which is going to help your brain heal. I walk the same walk! I have gotten down to my basic training weight. When I finished basic training at Ft. Polk in Louisiana, the fort where infantrymen embarked to Vietnam from I weighed my current 155 lbs. After my stroke, I realized that the less I had to “schlep” around, the more mobile I would be. That goes for you too!

    My diet is a brain healthy diet but I admit to violating my diet every occasionally, which my wife, Debbie, reminds me of. Just not very often. According to Ms. Rosenbloom “researchers have found that people who follow the MIND diet have cognitive abilities 7 ½ years younger than people not following it. Also, they found that people following that diet lowered their risk of Alzheimer’s by as much as 53%”. To me, those are excellent reasons to adapt the diet! My father died of Alzheimers.

    Now is the time to intellectually commit to one of these diets, preferably from my perspective the MIND diet. By the way, wine, particularly red wine, in moderation is allowed.

    And if you need some help, we provide stroke recovery coaching. Reach us through the website.


  • 16 Mar 2017 3:09 PM | Bob Mandell (Administrator)

    Stroke is a complex disease so it was not at all obvious how I can make a difference. Unlike many other diseases, there is no template for stroke. Each stroke is different and each outcome is different! There are many types of strokes, many causes, and many degrees of disability. To top it off, the time it takes to be diagnosed and treated impacts the likelihood and seriousness of the stroke’s long-term effect on one’s life (the caregiver partner’s life also).

    In the context of all this complexity my mission - the mission I created is to improve post-stroke outcomes and lifestyles. But frankly that sounds like “motherhood” so I puzzled – JUST HOW? Just how should I address the PROBLEM?

    Just for some perspective about where I am coming from - for me, the bad news was having a stroke 20+ years ago. The good news – insurance was different than it is today. I had much more therapy of all kinds – speech, physical, aqua, occupational, and therapy for the therapy than is available today for the very great majority of survivors and their caregivers. My therapists, in many cases were my coaches and many became friends. I had information and resources!

    Today, it’s not the same!  

    So, in 2015 I established Stroke Recovery Foundation to improve post-stroke lifestyles and outcomes.

     

    Keep in touch for more!


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