Especially for Caregivers: Emotions and Behavior After Stroke

Updated:Jan 13,2014

When Loved Ones Lash Out

Surviving a stroke is typically a trying experience for both survivors and caregivers. Some strokes produce personality changes that may be harmful to relationships. This story looks at two relationships that became abusive after stroke. We interviewed two caregivers – one a daughter, the other a fiancé – about the impact of emotional and verbal abuse. We also talked to Dr. Barry Jacobs, an expert in family therapy and neuropsychologist Dr. Mark Sandberg, a diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology and staff physician at the VA Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. These experts provide cogent counsel on dealing with this.

Also, view a list of questions that may help you better assess and make decisions about your situation if your loved one is lashing out. 

Caring for Persons With Dementia
When Rosemary Horan developed dementia after several strokes, her daughter Patricia Latham, an attorney in Washington, D.C., discovered that many of her friends were in similar situations with their parents. Determined that others could learn from their experiences, Patricia worked with neuropsychiatrist Jean Posner of Baltimore to develop “Caring for Persons with Dementia,” an eight-page pamphlet of practical advice on issues like communication, legal competence and coexisting physical disabilities.


This content was last reviewed on 07/31/2013


Stroke Connection: Survivor in the Senate

Stroke Connection Spring 2014 Cover
 
Your Spring issue of Stroke Connection features the story of Senator Mark Kirk’s stroke and the recovery journey that put him back on Capitol Hill. Also in this issue: Uncommon causes of stroke and survivors who’ve had them; A mother’s stroke sets the course for her 10-year-old’s life; and much more!  
 

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