SCM Summer 2013

Updated:Aug 20,2015

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Single Recovery
Every stroke survivor knows that stroke and stroke recovery are challenging, but for the most part having a spouse makes it less so. Single survivors often face that recovery alone,and that may make it more challenging. We talked with neuropsychologist Monique Tremaine, PhD, director of the Department of Neuropsychology at Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation in West Orange, New Jersey about this topic. In addition, we profiled three stroke survivors and we worked with rehab social workers Kim Lockett and Brandi Smith at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington D.C. to develop this online companion piece of potentially helpful resources for survivors living alone.

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Thank God for Therapists
After his stroke, David Mischung of Canton, Mich. had a bad prognosis – no speech, no walking and no more work. He felt he was too young for that, and when his wife left him, he got the ongoing support of speech, occupational and physical therapists as well as a physiatrist. They worked hard, and he worked harder. Today David works fulltime, despite aphasia, and lives independently.

Sound Advice
Aphasia is a language disorder but it is sometimes a hearing disorder also. It’s not that survivors with aphasia can’t hear; but they may have difficulty processing what they hear. It’s called auditory overload (AO). There are a lot of auditory processing problems that a person with aphasia may have. For example, individuals with a more mild aphasia may have problems with people speaking too fast. For others, the challenge may be noise in the background; while others have difficulty holding onto a lot of information at one time. We talked with Mary Purdy, professor of speech-language pathology at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, about this condition.

Then & Now – Research & Advocacy
Research may support policy and policy may support research. In part three of our four-part series on advances in stroke over the 20 years we’ve been publishing Stroke Connection, we talk about just some of the exciting advances in research and public policy that are making a difference in the lives of stroke families today.

Departments:

Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Riders on the Storm,” John recounts losing power in his building after Hurricane Sandy.

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.

Everyday Survival provides practical information and tips for living with the impact of stroke day-to-day. This issue looks at using recreational therapy to adapt hobbies and leisure activities to help survivors with one-side neglect.


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