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A response to a person new to caregiving, trying to figure out what to do while at the same time, grieving what has been lost.
I have been the caregiver to my husband for 10 years.In those early years, I regularly reminded myself who he had been before the stroke–vibrant, sharp, fun, funny, successful–all things that the stroke took away from him.It was important for me to remember those things and treat him like that person, not as a victim or an invalid.Even though he was terribly disabled, our interaction was always about working toward a new normal that valued a good man.
One thing that really helped us was setting goals together.Setting goals allowed us to look forward and move forward.Yes, I took care of his needs, but working together on recovery and a useful life was essential. We got excited each day to see what he could do.We did not focus on what we lost.We focused on the new life we were creating.It wasn’t easy.We also had kids at home who needed mom and dad.I like to think one day they will reflect on those years and know what love and commitment really look like.
My husband deserved the best I had to give.In return, he gives his best.I hope you, the team, and your friend can rally and help him create a meaningful life.It isn’t easy but it is worth doing.Good luck.
A Harvard University study published in journal Neurology found those who exercised “vigorously” three times a week or more prior to a stroke were more likely to be independent after the medical emergency compared to those who were inactive.
“We also found that a person’s body mass index (BMI) was not a factor in predicting their level of disability after stroke,” said lead author Dr Pamela Rist.
Body mass index is a measure of a person’s body fat based on their height and weight. Having too much body fat may be a risk to a person’s health.
For the study, researchers followed more than 18,000 people who were initially stroke-free for an average of 12 years.
Participants were interviewed every other year about their ability to do basic activities and were also asked for their height, weight and whether they participated in vigorous physical activity or exercise.
Vigorous physical activity was defined as participating in sports, heavy housework or a job that required physical labour.
During the study, 1,374 of the participants had a stroke and survived and 479 people had a stroke and died before the next round of interviews.
Of those who did not have a stroke, 45 per cent were physically active, compared to 43 per cent of those who had a stroke and survived.
Among the stroke survivors, those who were physically inactive were 18 per cent less likely to be taking care of their basic activities such as bathing on their own three years after stroke than those who exercised regularly.
They were also 16 per cent less likely to be taking care of more complex activities such as managing money on their own.
“Our study was able to show that being physically inactive before stroke predicts a higher risk of being dependent both before and after stroke,” Dr Rist said.
“Research is needed to look into whether more intense activity could improve stroke outcomes and whether people can change their activity patterns to improve stroke outcomes.”
Wonder what you can do to avoid a stroke or heart attack? 4 things you can do to avoid a stroke/heart attack. Click HERE to find out more from the Mayo Clinic. How many of these do you do???
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