These steps, with options for each one, can help you create a customized program so that you can overcome challenges specific to you.
Exercise and Mobility
Physical activity plays an important role in helping a survivor regain function after stroke and in maintaining general health. Set specific and achievable goals that are tailored to the current situation.
Some stroke survivors develop aphasia, a speech and language impairment that can affect understanding, listening, speaking, reading and writing. Over time, most stroke survivors will improve their ability to communicate. Be patient and say one thing at a time.
Many stroke survivors have difficulties reclaiming their social lives, but it is possible and should become an intentional goal. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Consider attending a support group or walking program to stay active and social.
Most stroke survivors experience some cognitive effects, either temporarily or permanently. They may find it hard to remember things or pay attention. Change habits and routines as needed to adapt to your new situation.
No stroke survivor or caregiver should feel they need to handle the entire situation by themselves. Joining a support group can help you solve problems and find answers to your questions, boost your morale, and provide a supportive environment to express your emotions.
Encouraging healthy eating habits helps to promote the best recovery possible. The healthier a stroke survivor is, the better equipped they will be to cope with their symptoms and recovery.
Finding the right services and support is a critical step that will immensely enhance a stroke survivor’s recovery and well-being. Speak with your healthcare provider about how best to access services in your area.
View the After Stroke 7 Steps to Recovery Guide.