SCM Spring 2013

Updated:Mar 21,2013

Stroke Connection Spring 2013
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Going Back to Work
For survivors who were working before their stroke, returning to gainful employment is often the gold standard for recovery. Most are in a hurry to get back to their jobs, but many find that they are no longer suited to do what that had been doing. They may not have the stamina necessary, and their abilities may have changed. The working world moves a lot faster than the therapy world. We talked with rehab professor Paul Wehman and physiatrist Richard Kunz of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical School about this important issue and profiled two stroke survivors about their experience of post-stroke employment. We also caught up with survivor and employment specialist Steve Park of Dallas (originally profiled in our July/August 2004 issue).

Other articles include:

Therapeutic Writing – Life Stories Punctuated by Healing
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To celebrate the 40th anniversary of her stroke, Carol Keegan of Silver Spring, Md. developed a writing workshop that would assist survivors in exploring how stroke changed their lives. The result is a guided autobiography workshop called “Life after Stroke” where survivors gain an appreciation of what they have accomplished. To celebrate our 20th anniversary of publication by the AHA/ASA, Stroke Connection is also teaming up with Carol for a FREE online version of the workshop.

The Strength to Overcome
When Berlinda Love’s mother had a stroke at age 75, Berlinda became the caregiver to two disabled parents. Over the past five years she has learned that families are disabled just as much as any one individual. She has given up a lot for her parents, but she wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

Then & Now – Advances in Therapy for Communication
In the second installment in our anniversary series of developments in stroke treatment over the past 20 years, we investigate advances in speech-language pathology. We got the perspective of two experts with a combined 75 years in the field: Dr. Neila Donovan, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University; and Dr. Martha Sarno, research professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center.

Departments:

Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Please, Mr. Postman,” John visits a battleship museum with his brother-in-law … and files a claim for physical therapy.

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 looks at developments in digital technology that are transforming the lives of survivors with aphasia. In addition, we profile a free app that speaks for people with aphasia who aren’t able to speak for themselves.


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