SCM March/April 2008

Updated:Mar 9,2015

Stroke Connection Magazine - Mar Apr 2008
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Partners in the Aftermath of Aphasia Ron Hoover of Durham, North Carolina had a stroke when he was just 34 years old. It left him with severe aphasia, unable to say a single word of his choosing. He and wife Jane had been married just seven years and had an infant daughter. Though he never recovered his speech, Ron and Jane have created a meaningful and satisfying life over the past 34 years. Jane’s recounting of their story is one of love, loyalty, determination and creativity in overcoming a challenging condition that most would find challenging at best and frustrating at worst.

A Basket of Caregivers’ Communication Resources
Speech language pathologist Ellen Bernstein-Ellis shares a cornucopia of communication techniques that ease the challenges of aphasia.

“10-38   Officer Down!  Ambulance Needed”
Sheriff’s deputy and survivor Jim Courter of Des Moines, Iowa writes about his experience of recovery. Jim loved being a peace officer, but his stroke at 53 took that away from him. He has since found several ways to serve his community through the Telecare program at a local hospital and also by helping elementary school children learn to read, which has the added benefit of helping him improve his speech.

Therapy on Horseback
Stroke survivors rarely think of horseback riding as a form of therapy, but stroke mentor Walter Kilcullen of Hackettstown, New Jersey found that therapeutic riding is a helpful adjunct to therapy for many survivors. “Horses offer a unique combination of pleasure and therapy for the rider’s mind and body. The horse’s walk stimulates the rider’s pelvis and trunk in a manner that closely resembles the human walk. This movement causes the rider’s body to react in a three-dimensional, constantly changing pattern that results in improved muscle tone, increased stamina and improved balance.” He interviewed therapists and survivors in Texas, Arizona and New Jersey.

Departments:

Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers about the magazine’s editorial content.

Stroke Notes features ‘newsy’ stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.     

Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers. In this issue:

Life at the Curb: Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie shares his experience of shopping and the many choices he has to negotiate.

Everyday Survival features an article on home therapy aids (some low- or no-cost) by Craig Moore, PT, MA. Craig, of Orlando, Florida, is president of the Home Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.


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