Regaining Independence After Stroke

Regaining Independence Banner

Like the individuals who experience them, no two strokes are the same. Learn more about the common physical, communication, emotional and behavioral effects that stroke can have on a survivor and find great tips for improving and adapting to make the most of your recovery.

Woman Cutting TomatoesNEW! Tips for Daily Living Library

Check out stroke survivors' tips for working with or around their post-stroke challenges. Interested in volunteering by sending in your adaptive techniques or ideas? Complete the submission form!
Rehab ImageWhat to Expect in Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a critical part of recovery for many stroke survivors. The effects of stroke may mean that you must change, relearn or redefine how you live. Stroke rehabilitation helps you return to independent living.
Smiling senior couple in front of windowsPhysical Challenges

Learn more about the many physical challenges that commonly occur after stroke such as paralysis, seizures, muscle tightness and stiffness (spasticity), fatigue and more
Communication coupleCommunication Challenges

Stroke may affect communication in a number of ways. Learn more about conditions impacting speech, language, reading and writing and find tips for improving your communication skills.
Emotional challenges imageEmotional & Behavioral Challenges

Emotional and behavioral changes are a common effect of stroke. Injury from a stroke may make a person forgetful, careless, irritable or confused. Stroke survivors may also feel anxiety, anger or depression.

This content was last reviewed on 03/14/2013.

Find Support

Seeking support from others who've experienced stroke can be a huge benefit to recovery. Stroke groups afford the opportunity to share feelings, ideas and resources.  Find a group in your area.

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!  

Stroke Family Warmline

Woman Wearing Telephone Headset

The Stroke Family Warmline team answers calls from stroke survivors and their families, providing support and helpful information or just a listening ear.