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Stroke Survivor, Peter Blair, Shares His Top-Ten Tips For Stroke Survivors 6

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 Organised

It's not just about technology, but about getting organised for everyday living. Because one can’t depend on memory, even the simplest tasks will require thought, planning and careful execution. At first this will be tedious and time-consuming but it will get easier with time.

For instance, I learned to sketch the items on my shopping list because, at the time, I couldn’t write and these funny little sketches became a memory aid.

I also lined up empty cans on the kitchen surface to remind me what I needed to buy. When I got back from the supermarket I threw out the ones I'd replaced and the ones that were left  formed the basis of the following week's shopping list.

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By: Peter Blair, Stroke Survivor since July 2005

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