Recovery-after-stroke-aided-by-building-miniature-dream-home Recovery after stroke aided by building miniature dream home

Recovery after stroke aided by building miniature dream home

7/26/2019

Joan Gross

Recovery from stroke incorporates many elements - from the large aspects of physical therapy and assistive devices to the smaller aspects of changing hobbies for personal fulfillment. For Joan Gross, that included realizing her dream of building a miniature dollhouse. 

"Joan Gross grew up wanting a dollhouse of her own; as one of 10 children everything had been shared. Furthermore, she wanted to build it herself.

However, Gross never imagined that one day the dollhouse ambition would become a key part of her recovery from a stroke."

"The project was an excellent rehabilitation aid for both my brain and my body," Gross says. 

"The concentration helped me to retrieve much of the knowledge I had lost and the continuous use of my left hand contributed to more controlled use of my left side.

"I don't believe the person I was before the stroke could have done what the person I was after the stroke did."


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