Choosing healthy foods may contribute to recovery after stroke. Healthy foods can help control blood pressure, body weight, reduce risk of another stroke, and may help with the demands of stroke therapy and other daily activities. In this post, we explain why a healthy diet matters and then provide tips for eating well and making mealtimes easier.
November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is a time to honor the contribution of those volunteer friends and family members who support a loved one with their health or managing a disability. There are over 44 million Americans who care for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Depending on the situation, they may provide medical and nursing tasks, as well as daily living care like helping with bathing, transportation, shopping, etc. Because the holidays—with the gifts, parties, baking, family (or perhaps the absence of these things)—can be extra stressful to both caregivers and care recipients, we’ve provided list of things that family caregivers can do to minimize the strain.
November 11th is Veterans Day - a time to honor those who serve in our nation's military. This year, we're bringing awareness to a major issue faced by many returning veterans - Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI.
The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in increased numbers of veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. The statistics are staggering - more than 380,000 vets have been diagnosed with TBI since 2001. Research on the topic has shown that there are differences between the way that brain injury is experienced by those in the military vs. those in civilian life. This article will explore those differences, and provide suggestions to help family members care for veterans with head injury.
Anyone who has had a brain injury understands what is meant when brain injuries are called “invisible injuries.” You look the same, and everything on the surface seems normal, but underneath everything has changed. Survivors have described this as “feeling like they are wearing a mask”—that what’s on the outside doesn’t always reflect the struggle on the inside. This post explores the impact of having an invisible injury like a brain injury, and what survivors can do to unmask their injury.
What is speech-language pathology? And how does it help recovery from stroke or brain injury? Those are the basic questions clients have for speech-language pathologists at the beginning of care. But the answers to those questions may raise more questions, such as “How long will therapy last?” This post helps patients and caregivers understand the role SLPs play in the treatment of speech, language, and cognitive disorders. It closes with eight questions patients and caregivers may want to ask on their first visit in order to get the most out of treatment.
Studies indicate that patient participation in relevant and personal goal-setting can result in greater satisfaction with the rehabilitation experience, along with improved recovery. But how do you make sure the goals are functional—in other words, that they relate directly to real-life activities that patients need and want to do outside of the clinic? This blog post shows how to connect those dots, and illustrates its points with examples.
Stroke can impact all aspects of life—movement, communication, thinking, and autonomic functions such as swallowing and breathing. Recovery can be an extended process. Here, we identify the Constant Therapy tasks used most often by those recovering from stroke.
The American Stroke Association has an ambitious goal: to end stroke! In the meantime, seven million people in the United States live with the disease’s effects. To promote rehabilitation, The Learning Corp and its Constant Therapy app are supporting the esteemed American Stroke Association to get the word out that stroke is beatable through increased access to mobile rehabilitative tools.
What happens when the tables are turned and a speech-language pathologist is diagnosed with a condition for which she’s been treating her patients? Maria’s diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become progressively impaired, was life-changing. However, this energetic, experienced SLP has taken on her diagnosis aggressively, and with the help of her husband Dan and best friend (and fellow SLP) Anne-Marie, works daily to slow the progress of PPA.
We spoke with Maria, Dan and Anne-Marie at home in Florida to get a sense of the insights gleaned when the clinician becomes the patient, as well as how Maria uses her clinical knowledge to treat her condition.
Aphasia affects speaking, listening, reading or writing skills, usually due to a stroke or other brain injury. An estimated two million Americans live with aphasia, with an estimated 180,000 added every year. Because communication is so critical to daily life, researchers continue to study the most effective ways to improve the lives of persons living with aphasia. A new pre-post group study out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst investigated the efficacy of tablet-based home practice.
We’ve identified key findings from this study and incorporated thoughts on what the results mean for you and your patients.