7 Steps To Recovery 2017-04-27T11:03:57+00:00

There is Life After Stroke

There’s been exciting news recently about neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change) and how it relates to stroke recovery. Once thought to be static, we now know it can actually adapt to meet your evolving needs.

You can reclaim your life and ‘train your brain’ right from the start by following these 7 steps toward stroke recovery:

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Video | The 7 Steps to Recovery

7 Steps To Stroke Recovery: Full-length Version:

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Step 1 | Exercise and Mobility

Walk, bike, garden – even dust. Physical activity can trigger changes in the brain that make up for lost function. Be consistent too so that it turns into a habit. It’s best to do an activity once a day for a short period than a long block of activity once a week.

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Step 2 | Communication and Language

Write down key words, draw pictures, point and make faces to communicate. Don’t rush or pretend to understand either. Be patient with yourself. It’ll get better.

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Step 2: Communication & Language Video:

Step 3 | Social Interaction

Enjoy family, friends and favourite activities, take up new interests and reclaim your social life! Connecting with people and passions provides a sense of purpose and self-worth.

Step 4 | Thinking, Memory and Perception

If you have trouble thinking, understanding and remembering then stick to a routine and keep activities simple. Also take notes and use a calendar to jog your memory. Little tactics like these can help you cope, as well as improve.

Step 5 | Support

A stroke can cause anxiety, hesitation, even mood changes. So get help from family and friends. Ask for what you need. Share your frustrations. Don’t shut people out. You can also attend stroke support groups and recovery programs. Other survivors can relate to what you’re going through. They can provide practical help, validation and hope.

Step 6 | Healthy Lifestyle

Improve your chances of recovery with healthy habits. Lose weight, cut down on cholesterol, quit smoking and reduce your alcohol intake. Limit your caffeine intake too. Little changes go a long way toward recovery.

Step 7 | Navigating the System

Get to know key organizations and resources. Check out facilities and programs that can help as you evolve. Learn how to use public transportation. Adjust your home. The more you do to make your life easier, the more energy you’ll have to work on areas that train the brain.

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