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Stroke Survivor, Peter Blair, Shares His Top-Ten Tips For Stroke Survivors 4

In July of 2005, Peter Blair had a stroke. It changed him dramatically. He went from a fully functioning adult running his own business to an old and rather simple child. He was forced to retire from full time work and though he has recovered some ability, he still has learning difficulties, aphasia, hemianopia and memory problems.

While recovering he learned about some of the hidden social effects of stroke and how to deal with them, and it is that knowledge that he wants to share with other survivors, their families and care-givers.

Get Out And About

There is an obvious temptation to stay at home after a stroke but this should be resisted. In my case I set about re-learning  the area I lived in, initially with a guide.

 It was well worth making the effort to go out with someone else until I could go safely on my own.

But even then I had to take photos on my mobile of where I had been and relive the previous day's journey and I had to have an emergency number ( last number redial ) in case I got lost, which I did often.

It is important to build up a number of journeys or routes. They need to be used regularly to ensure that the memory stays in place. Learning one at a time and practising the journey has worked for me and given me confidence to do more.

Even now on new and unfamiliar journeys I still need assistance to do a dry run and learn the route. But once learned it stays with me.

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By: Peter Blair, Stroke Survivor since July 2005

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