SCM September/October 2006

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Sep Oct 2006Dimensions of Dementia

This month’s feature examines stroke dementia and its effects on caregivers. For this story we talked to Dr. Marsel Mesulam, a dementia expert from Northwestern University School of Medicine; Dr. Sybil Ingram-Campbell, a health scientist at the CDC in Atlanta whose mother has stroke dementia; and Kip Mitchell, of Myrtle Beach, Fla., who took care of his mother, who had stroke dementia after three strokes.

Download "Caring for Persons With Dementia" as mentioned in this issue.

The Art of Dementia
Art therapist Elizabeth Cockey of Baltimore, Md., had a successful career in sales, but when her mother developed stroke dementia, Elizabeth’s life took a turn. She went to work trying to reach her mother and has developed a program for using art to reach people with dementia.

Stroke Support Groups
We cover stroke support groups from several different angles in this issue. There’s the AOL Strokechatters, an online support group that had an annual gathering in Ft. Worth, Texas. Then there’s the aphasia support group at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.. And Ted and Irma King, a Buffalo, N.Y., couple that started five support groups that all met at McDonald's. We round out our coverage with 10 reasons why survivors should join a stroke support group from the members of the support group at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.

Hunting with One Hand
Survivor Knute Wallin of Greenwood, Wis., thought his deer-hunting days were over until two good friends enrolled him in a hunting program for disabled hunters. Now he even goes hunting with a crossbow.

Communication Advice from Experts – Survivors with Aphasia
Aphasia patient Gary Milner interviewed the members of the Aphasia Treatment Program (ATP) at California State University, East Bay. He came away with helpful, real-world tips for communication.


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 we report on developments from the International Stroke Conference:        

  • NINDS clinical trials produce $15 billion economic benefit.
  • Controlling high blood pressure in the elderly lowers their risk of dementia.
  • Study finds that the blood thinner warfarin is underused in patients with atrial fibrillation.
  • A new study indicates that those with lowest incomes and education levels have twice the risk of stroke as those at the highest end.

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

Life at the Curb: Only the Lonely
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie gets his nails done and discovers the allure of “Dashing Diva Therapy."

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources. In this issue we investigate some common games that therapists often use to help survivors recover speech and coordination. The good thing about therapy that uses games is that it doesn’t feel like work.