SCM November/December 2004

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Nov Dec 2004Sandwiched between a Rock and a Hard Place

Caregivers who meet the needs of two generations are sometimes referred to as the “sandwich generation.” This generation often finds itself caught in the middle, between very distinct life circumstances: between adolescent phone calls and calls to 9-1-1, first dates and first strokes, broken hearts and heart surgeries, first loves and last rites. Even under the best of circumstances, taking on the day-to-day responsibility and medical management of another’s life can cause physical and psychological exhaustion. When caregiving responsibilities fall on a family with children at home, it can put a severe strain on everyone.

Read other stories about 'sandwich generation' caregivers:

Other articles include:

Stroke, Hugs, and Rock 'n' Roll
Experience a marathon through the eyes of Survivor Camelia Melendez-Urspruch as she rocks to beat the clock for Train to End Stroke.

My Collision with Hidden Risk Factors

At 48, survivor Anne Sigmon never saw it coming until hindsight sharpened her perspective.

Comedian and survivor Phil Alexander doesn't believe in disability anymore.

Des Moines Stroke Club:  Successful and Thriving
The top 10 keys to this group's success.


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:

  • House Approves STOP Stroke Act.
    The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Stroke Treatment and Ongoing Prevention Act in June.  The action on this bill has now moved to the Senate, which passed this bill unanimously in the previous session of Congress.
  • Experimental Stroke Therapy Linked to Brain Changes
    An experimental exercise therapy improves arm function in chronically impaired stroke survivors, according to a study at the University of Tubingen, Germany.
  • Sleep Disorders May Be a Stroke Risk
    Stroke survivors are more likely to have sleep problems, according to a recent study of 317 patients at the Idaho Neurological Institute.
  • Alzheimer's Drug Shows Promise in Dementia
    Donepezil, a drug used to treat patients with Alzheimer's disease, shows promise in treating dementia caused by stroke and blood vessel disease.

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

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources.  In this issue:

  • Coping with Incontinence: A Caregiver's Guide by Heather Harper
  • Books for Caregivers

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