SCM November/December 2005

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Nov Dec 2005Paying for Long-Term Care

Many stroke families don’t know how to care for a family member who can’t handle a few activities of daily living, but isn’t so compromised that they require a nursing home. Whatever family members decide, the dilemma is figuring out how to pay for it. Families in this situation quickly discover there is a big hole in the safety net of Medicare, Medicaid, and private health insurance. Phyllis Shelton, the author of Long-Term Care: Your Financial Planning Guide, explains the options currently available; such as Medicaid, long-term care insurance, linked benefit plans, and more.

Maximizing Insurance Benefits for Physical Therapy
The rehabilitation goal for stroke survivors is to return to normal functioning as quickly and to the greatest extent possible. The first rule of thumb in maximizing insurance benefits is to make sure the patient gets the best therapy possible. Insurance policies often limit the first course of physical therapy treatment and then approve additional therapy only if the patient continues to show improvement. Author Pamela Armstrong discusses how to get the most from you insurance plan. She provides suggestions as a guide to maximize your benefits.

Other Measures
When stroke survivor Rick Davis woke up in the hospital, the left side of his body was paralyzed, and he was terrified he would never walk again. A year after his stroke, he attended a meeting for Train To End Stroke – and signed up alongside his sons to complete a marathon. Rick highlights how important perseverance is in recovery.

Ropin’ Recovery
Stroke survivor Larry Pemberton was knocked out of his saddle after 41 years of team-roping when he suffered a stroke in 2004. His first day at rehab he could only move one index finger. With faith, family support, and a strong will, his recovery began along with his goal of team-roping again.

Papa’s Choice
When it came time for Doris Thurston’s parents to buy a new car, her father, a stroke survivor, wanted to be included in the decision. However, his limited ability to communicate left both he and his wife frustrated. Doris was determined to have her mother include her father in the decision, so she encouraged her mother to consider her father’s feelings and not exclude him. Her parents ended up with a car that both mom and Papa agreed upon.

The Risky Business of Lighting Up
According to the American Heart Association, smoking is the “single most preventable risk factor” contributing to early death in the U.S. There are nearly 442,000 early, preventable deaths a year from smoking-related illnesses. It is possible to regain potentially healthy lungs after quitting smoking – this article explains how.


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:

  • Two cholesterol-lowering drugs have been found to reduce the rate of cerebral vasospasm, a deadly complication that can follow a brain hemorrhage
  • Stroke survivors with aphasia showed improvement through the use of short-term, intense language retraining called Constraint-Induced Aphasia Therapy
  • The launch of The Caring Every Day Campaign will mark November as National Family Caregivers Month
  • The American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and the American Diabetes Association have jointly contributed $1 million to the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund

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

Life at the Curb: On Motivation and Medication
Survivor and comedian John Kawie's perspective on being in the hospital.

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

Connect with the Federal Government online to renew your driver’s license, apply for Social Security, register to vote and more.

Easy Medicare help – New Medicare changes take effect in 2006. You can find out what changes are being made and how they’ll affect you.

Featured books by stroke survivors, caregivers and resources such as therapists, doctors, etc.