Community Resources for Survivors of Stroke

4.19.21

Caring for stroke survivors’ needs is a big, often full-time job. Therefore, it is essential that caregivers also take the time to prioritize their personal needs and care for themselves. Taking much-needed breaks and reaching out for help and support is critical for caregivers’ well-being when looking after a stroke survivor. Community resources, such as respite care, support groups for... Read More

Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia of Speech: Tips for Communication

3.28.21

On March 16, 2021, Robin Roope, the Clinical Speech Therapy Lead at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center, gave a presentation titled “Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia: Tips for Communication” via Zoom to the stroke survivors and caregivers who attend our support groups. Robin began her presentation with a definition of aphasia. “Aphasia is when the language center of our brain... Read More

Stroke in the Pediatric or Young Adult Population

3.16.21

  Cardiovascular disease remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, with stroke being a leading cause of disability globally. Despite the recent success in reducing stroke incidences in the general U.S. population, there is now a concerning propensity for stroke cases to occur at younger ages. Pediatric Ischemic Stroke Prevalence Children now experience increased stroke... Read More

Zoom Presentation: Stroke and Aphasia

3.12.21

During the regular Stroke Support Association meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM, we are pleased to have a guest presentation. Stroke and Aphasia: Tips for Communication Robin Roope, the Clinical Speech Therapy Lead at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center, will cover the following topics: Strategies to enhance communication with a person with aphasia Techniques for the... Read More

What’s New in Stroke Care?

2.16.21

A decade ago, stroke was the third leading cause of U.S. deaths but has now dropped down to fifth. The higher survival rates are due to advances in medical treatments and care. The right care, done the correct way, can save lives and the survivors’ quality of life. Unfortunately, despite the decreased death rate caused by stroke, the numbers are... Read More

Emotions and Stroke: Living with PBA

1.15.21

Stroke survivors can experience emotional and behavioral changes during recovery. It is because stroke impacts the brain, which controls emotions and behavior. So you or your loved one may begin experiencing confusion, irritability, sadness, carelessness, and forgetfulness. Some people also feel anger, anxiety, and depression. Others have a range of extreme and unprovoked mixed feelings resulting in bouts of excessive... Read More

Comparison of Stroke Care Now and in the Past

12.23.20

The last few decades have seen essential changes in the diagnosis and management of acute stroke. The changes include patients’ chain of care modifications for various reasons, including better diagnostic processes, new therapeutic targets, and stronger support care systems. This article compares stroke care today and in the past to reveal any changes in outcomes and recovery. DemographicsA Greater Cincinnati/Northern... Read More

Stroke and Depression: What You Need to Know

11.30.20

Nearly a third of people who experience a stroke also report feeling symptoms of depression. It is attributable to various causes, including the emotions resulting from the physical losses or the overwhelming reality of surviving a stroke and going through physical therapy to recover. Biochemical changes in the brain can also cause post-stroke depression, while brain injury can interfere with a previously... Read More

Self-Care for the Caregiver

11.19.20

A Virtual Presentationby Tsgoyna Tanzman, MA/CCC Saturday, December 5, 202010:00-11:00 AM Caregivers, get a sneak peek and practice at using some of the tools in the soon-to-be published Hope After Stroke: The Caregiver’s 12 Week Essential Guide & Workbook. Learn how to… Widen your lens of resourcefulness Put self-care into caregiving—move from caregiver to care partner Use the Journal Page to tune into... Read More

What Do You Do to Take Care of Yourself?

11.18.20

At a recent caregiver support group held by Stroke Support Association via Zoom, facilitator Dr. Jane Claus asked the question: “What do you do to take care of yourself?” The answers proved particularly helpful to a newcomer to the group, who was experiencing the confusion and overwhelm of her new caregiving role. Helen, whose husband Ray had his stroke 17 years ago, said: “I cried a... Read More