Living with Global Aphasia
If aphasia is one of the most vexing conditions after stroke, global aphasia – where the survivor cannot speak or comprehend language – may be the most vexing of all. Speech therapist Dr. Jim Mitch of Portland, Oregon, who wrote our feature, says: “The impact of global aphasia on the life of a stroke survivor is often not as immediately obvious as other stroke effects . . . for survivors to resume their relationships and place in society, communication ability becomes invaluable and eventually far outweighs physical skills.” Adapting to life without language differs dramatically from adapting to other losses, such as the loss of a limb or physical skill. Living with global aphasia requires a lifestyle change
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Spasticity, also referred to as “tone”, often affects survivors whose strokes have caused muscle weakness. For this article we interviewed two experts – neurologist Dr. Alex Dromerick of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington and physiatrist Dr. Michael Weinstein of Eisenhower Medical Center in California. They explain the physiology of the condition as well as the current treatments.
Summer provides a great opportunity for survivors to participate in outdoor activities for both fitness and fun. Of course, survivors are not always able to participate in recreational activities they enjoyed before their strokes, but there are many activities that can be adapted to accommodate different disabilities. (See also our Resources for Adaptive Recreation)
Like Mother Like Daughter
Soon after the birth of her first daughter, Adriane White’s 62-year-old father, Sidney Edwards, had an ischemic stroke. In addition to being a new mom, changing careers, working two jobs and attending graduate school in education at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, she also had to oversee his care. Then seven years later, stroke entered her life again when her daughter’s father had a stroke at age 47. Both men are doing well now, but their daughters will never forget their strokes.
Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Come Fly with Me” John shares his experience getting flying squirrels out of his attic.
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.
Everyday Survival features tips on weight management in a wheelchair. We recruited physical therapists Stacy Siefried and Kathryn Fuller of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston to write about wheelchair exercise and the changes in nutrition necessary for a wheelchair-bound survivor.