SCM September/October 2005

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Sep Oct 2005The Art of Recovery

Survivor Monty Shulberg, of England, was an audiologist before experiencing stroke following brain surgery. Frustrated by his lack of motivation, his wife suggested he take up art. His artwork is bold and colorful, and one of his pieces was selected for the cover of a book of poetry edited by England’s poet laureate. Alison Shapiro was fulfilling her ambition to illustrate a children's book when she had a debilitating brain stem stroke. With determination and the support of an innovative therapist, she got back the fine motor skills necessary to paint (and finished the illustrations for a children’s picture book). A sidebar with art therapist Elizabeth Cockey rounds out "The Art of Recovery" feature.

Solomon’s Birthday
EMT Cathy Jordan had put together a plan for taking care of her beloved golden retriever Solomon in case of a personal emergency. She never intended to use it, but when she had a devastating stroke on the job, her plan worked flawlessly.

From Singing to Speaking
Often survivors with aphasia cannot produce meaningful speech, but they can sing. A speech therapist and two neuroscientists developed a program that helps people in this situation learn to speak again.

When the Eyes Don’t Have It
Vision problems after stroke hamper recovery and prevent survivors from making the most of what they have left. This article looks at the many vision challenges they face and briefly outlines what can be done to solve the problem.

Boomers' Health – Boom or Bust?
Baby boomers face a plethora of problems as they age, problems that are expensive to treat but relatively simple to prevent. Everyday Choices is a health education program put together by the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society and American Diabetes Association to help prevent the three leading health problems of the boomer generation.


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:               

  • A new study of nanotechnology using vibrating bubbles to dissolve clots
  • New developments in bionic neurons that may help survivors moved paralyzed limbs
  • A new medication management program from the American Pharmacy Association      

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:

“Going Mobile” – an in-depth look at mobility after stroke; from wheelchairs to vehicle adaptation, what survivors and family members need to know.