SCM Summer 2014

Updated:Mar 5,2015
Stroke Connection Summer 2014. Making Life Bigger Than Aphasia. 

In this issue

Making Life Bigger Than Aphasia
In an effort to improve the lives of survivors with aphasia, some speech-language pathologists have developed more of a ‘life participation’ approach. The goal is to build confidence, skills and opportunities to get on with life in spite of aphasia, and at the same time practice communicating with other people. Also, see a list of centers now using the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA).

1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story
After scoring a thousand points in high school, basketball player Cory Weissman of Jackson Township, New Jersey was looking forward to playing at Gettysburg College. However, a stroke after his freshman year there derailed those plans, but not his love of the game.

The Feminine Side of Stroke
Some risks are because of their gender. For this reason, the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association recently published “Guidelines for the Prevention of Stroke in Women.” We talked with Dr. Louise McCullough, professor of neurology and neuroscience at the University of Connecticut Health Center and The Stroke Center at Hartford Hospital, and a co-author of the guidelines.

Post-Stroke Mood Disorders
Although stroke effects are unpredictable, mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and pseudo-bulbar affect (PBA) are fairly common. We talked with neuro-psychologist Dawn Giuffre, Ph.D., of Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital, about these common post-stroke conditions.


Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources. In this issue:  Older, active, confident stroke caregivers are happiest, and interactive technology helps patients in rehab.
Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones. In this issue: Survivor Kara Ellsworth Russo discusses her struggles as a young survivor to communicate what a life-altering event her stroke was despite the fact she doesn’t appear disabled, and survivor Joe Ganey shares why he is proud to be a 20-year survivor of stroke. 
Everday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke. In this issue: Tips & Tricks columnist, survivor Rosanna Radding teaches us how to peel an orange with one hand, and caregiver Lori Ramos Cavallo begins her three-part series on managing expectations.
Life At The Curb

Comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie's unique perspectives on stroke survival.

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