SCM November/December 2009

Updated:Jan 4,2013

Stroke Connection Magazine - Nov Dec 2009
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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Caregiver Joe Magluilo of Staten Island, New York misses his wife, even though he sees her every day. Because of the deficits from three strokes, Maria must live in a long-term care facility near their home. Joe visits her for 12-16 hours every day and has bought a lift so some day he can bring her home for a visit. Making a decision about long-term care is one of the most difficult decisions stroke families ever make. Social worker and National Family Caregivers Association volunteer Robin Straight of West Virginia spoke with us about this complicated issue. She outlined pertinent questions for caregivers to ask as they consider this possibility for their loved ones. In addition, she shared her insights on dealing with the emotions this decision brings up as well as tips for improving the quality of life for the survivor living in a long-term care facility.

Questions about Shoulder Pain
Shoulder subluxation (separated shoulder) is not an uncommon consequence of stroke and can be quite painful. Dr. Julie Tilson, a professor of physical therapy at the University of California – Los Angeles, shared her insights on this subject.

Caregivers and Diabetes
Caregivers of survivors with diabetes often find themselves doing double duty as they face the reality of keeping diabetes under control for their loved ones. We talked with cardiologist Mikhail Khosiborod of Kansas City about the most important issues faced by caregivers in this challenging situation.

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.

Life at the Curb: No Limits Dogg
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie remembers the early days after his stroke when he was required to have a ‘healthcare attendant’ stay with him at home.

Everyday Survival in this issue, books for stroke families.


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