SCM May/June 2006

Updated:Jan 3,2013

Stroke Connection Magazine - May Jun 2006Feature Story

As Long As There Is Progress: The unique gift that kept Dick Clark on the road to recovery.

Author Johnny Seitz is an adult with autism, and because of his autism he has developed the ability to “read” people’s bodies. He was recently called upon to use this ability to aid in the entertainer Dick Clark’s recovery from stroke. If you watched Mr. Clark this past New Year’s Eve, you saw the benefit of Johnny’s work. This is a fascinating story of stroke recovery.

Other articles include:

Looking at Why

African Americans are particularly burdened by stroke, primarily because they are disproportionately impacted by stroke risk factors. In this article, we talk to two leading experts on stroke in blacks and provide an in-depth look at why this is true. We also interview Yolanda King and introduce “Power To End Stroke,” a new American Stroke Association campaign aimed at reducing stroke and risk in minorities.

Coming Back to Earth

Carl Houser of Ft. Worth, Texas, had a stroke 1,300 feet above the ground on his first solo helicopter flight. It was a harrowing experience, but he found that recovering from stroke can be a big challenge, too.

A Holistic Approach to Rehab

Stroke survivor and nurse Connie Adleman of Seneca Falls, N.Y., knew and used all the standard rehab treatments, but she wanted more recovery than they were providing her. She enhanced her recovery by using affirmations, meditation, self-love and creative visualization. Her article is full of practical how-to’s that any survivor can use.

Aphasia Book Clubs: Making the Connection

Sometimes reading can be difficult for people with aphasia, and may contribute to feelings of isolation. To remedy this, the Aphasia Center of California (ACC) developed a book club called Book Connections for people with aphasia. The book club, which is run by a speech therapist, uses “reading ramps” to help readers, no matter their ability, participate in the book club. The ACC has a Book ConnectionTM manual and materials that can be downloaded from the ACC Web site .

Self-Testing May Lead to Better Care

Recently, medical professionals have been investigating the issue of self-testing. Self-testing for warfarin users is now available, and it is leading to better management of this very sensitive drug often used by stroke survivors. In addition, weekly monitoring of blood pressure at home is leading to better control of hypertension than that provided by monthly blood pressure readings taken at a physician’s office.

Things You Can Do To Help With Memory Loss

Original cartoons from stroke survivor Leonard Bruce.


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. In this issue we report on developments from the International Stroke Conference:  

  • A new study on how Medicare is not keeping up with stroke costs
  • New findings predict costs for stroke in Hispanics will skyrocket
  • Explanation of stroke exemption for Medicare therapy caps
  • A new study shows that stroke patients who arrive by ambulance get the best treatment
  • Investigators report that more than a billion brain cells die in a stroke that is allowed to run its course
  • A new test predicts recurrent stroke with accuracy
  • American Stroke Month: Spread the Word! 

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

Life At The Curb features comedian and stroke survivor Jon Kawie's humorous perspective on stroke survival. In this issue: Thanks for the memories . . . and the post-its.

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources.