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Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery [Paperback]

Peter G. Levine
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Nov. 1 2008
Billions of dollars are spent on stroke-related rehabilitation research and treatment techniques but most are not well communicated to the patient or caregiver. As a result, many stroke survivors are treated with outdated or ineffective therapies.Stronger After Strokeputs the power of recovery in the reader's hands by providing simple to follow instructions for reaching the highest possible level of healing.

Written for stroke survivors, their caregivers, and loved ones,Stronger After Strokepresents a new and more effective treatment philosophy that is startling in its simplicity: stroke survivors recover by using the same learning techniques that anyone uses to master anything. Basic concepts are covered, including:

  • Repetition of task-specific movements
  • Proper scheduling of practice
  • Challenges at each stage of recovery
  • Setting goals and recognizing when they have been achieved

    The book covers the basic techniques that can catapult stroke survivors toward maximum recovery.Stronger After Strokebridges the gap between stroke survivors and what they desperately need: easily understandable and scientifically accurate information on how to achieve optimal rehabilitation.


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    and conducts workshops throughout the US in the area of stroke rehabilitation and neuroplasticity.

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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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    It would have been so reassuring for me if I had been able to read this book right after my husband had a massive stroke. A year after his stroke, I purchased the book and read many of the things I had already suspected and slowly and painfully figured out through trial and error, research and professional help. Stroke survivors are not often given a lot of good news and, furthermore, no one seems to be able to answer questions about the disabilities and and the probabilities for recovery. This book gives hope to the stroke survivor and family because it plainly states that there is room for improvement for many years after stroke -- as long as the person has the will to try. The book examines the long road to become whole again and suggests ways to proceed down that road one step at a time. The practical tips and suggestions are sensible and doable. The information is thorough and interestingly presented. Easy to read, this is wonderful book, giving one the benefit of this author's extensive work with stroke patients. I have shown this book to others involved in my husband's rehabilitation and they have all gone out to buy it. A wonderful resource for all families with someone determined to be strong again after stroke. It should be prescribed reading for the medical and rehabilitation community who work with stroke patients.
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    Peter's book is available from Amazon for your Kindle for only $9.99. He covers a wide range of therapies for stroke recovery, some of them I had not read about before. This book is my # 1 recommendation to survivors, caregivers, family members and health care providers. Just - get it, read it, do it!!!! Thank you Peter, for your invaluable contribution to making stroke recovery real for us.

    Gary,

    Stroke Survivor since 2002
    Join our conversation about stroke on my page [...]
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    63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stronger After Stroke is a motivational, insirational, practicel and all-inclsive book that every stroke survivor should read! Oct. 17 2008
    By Kathy Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    Stronger After Stroke is motivational, inspirational, insightful, practical and all inclusive! Every stroke survivor should read this book. The author states that if after your stroke, you've accepted your decline the book isn't for you. It's for survivors who want to get better!

    It's refreshing to read a book that focuses on recovery rather than adapting one's lifestyle to the stroke. The author states throughout the book that the most important person in the recovery process is the survivor and that it takes hard work for possibly years. One must persevere with patience and never give up. Our brains have the ability to rewire but it takes repetitive, meaningful movements for that rewiring to take place. Levine explains how the brain works and how recovery works with specific tasks to aid in recovery.

    We have to take charge of our own recovery. Levine suggests we need to be researchers and read up on the latest stroke recovery research and lists websites to do that research. He also believes survivors would benefit from clinical trials. A large portion of the book is about different treatment options. I really like the author's descriptions of so many varied treatment options. There are wonderful suggestions of what to do in addition to regular therapy.

    Another large portion of the book has specific exercises and strategies for recovery that can be done at home. They are practical, easily understood and great suggestions. The author states that recovery takes motivation - people who are motivated make progress but one has to stay motivated when the going gets tough. Setting goals, measuring progress and celebrating every step of progress is crucial and writing it down on a calendar helps us keep track. I love the way he explains terms stroke survivors hear but may not understand. He even included a glossary in the back of the book.

    Levine provides tips for caregivers, suggests ways to prevent another stroke, and explains spacsticity and what to do about it. He discusses pros and cons of medications and what to talk about with your doctor. We all deserve quality of life and the author suggests several ways to achieve that but emphasizes it takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

    Lastly, Levine discusses many of the recovery machines on the market. He lists the names and websites and what each machine does. This is extremely helpful and a must for stroke survivors. Clinical trials are available and free!

    Stronger After Stroke is an all-inclusive book, as you can see. I'm a stroke survivor and have done just about everything Levine suggests. It's been three years and I have gained most everything back. It took 18 months of therapy every day to get my right hand working and was well worth it. His book is an invaluable tool that every stroke survivor, caregiver, physical therapist, occupational therapist and doctor should read. The book is a God-send.
    19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Most Promising, Uplifting Stroke Book Yet!! Jan. 26 2009
    By Nancy Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    My husband had a stroke in June 2008. I think I have read just about everything on the subject. THIS book has been OUR favorite, by far. It just matches our recovery philosophy very well and we have learned LOTS of things that no doctor or therapist has taken the time to share with us.

    If you are a MOTIVATED survivor who doesn't mind working for your recovery, this book will give you lots of ideas, hope, and the knowledge that you have been on the right track all along.

    Good luck!!
    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Most informative stroke recovery book on the market! Jan. 30 2009
    By Stephanie R. Wolfram - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    I wish this book would have been available after I stroked in April of '07. I read and researched so much about stroke from many different sources. This book covers it all in one place and is for the motivated stroke survivor. It is definitely a "must read" for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their family/friends. I rate it the highly coveted 5 stars.
    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! Nov. 7 2008
    By S. Gauman - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    I bought this book hoping to get some useful tips to help in the recovery of my eight year old son, who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2007. I was immediately taken with the book, and how much hope it offers not only stroke patients, but also TBI patients. Thank you so much for writing a book that gives us, as caregivers, a plan of action and insight when maybe traditional therapy methods are not getting us the progress we think we can be seeing. This book reaffirms the basic principle that if there is a will, there is a way.
    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Take charge of your recovery after stroke May 7 2009
    By Carol Porter - Published on Amazon.com
    Format:Paperback
    The book is written for people who want to take an active role in optimal recovery after they've had a stroke.

    The author is very knowledgeable about stroke, rehabilitation, and the brain, and he expresses recovery concepts clearly, often repeating and rephrasing. I believe that the clear presentation of information, coupled with the restatement of important points, will be helpful to stroke patients and their families. During a stressful time, in early recovery, these readers will benefit because critical concepts are emphasized and re-emphasized.

    Levine explains neuroplasticity - the brain's amazing capacity to rewire itself - and proposes exercises and measurement systems to achieve optimal recovery. He reiterates that, with perseverance and repetition, stroke patients are able to make incremental, measurable progress - often beyond medical expectations.

    The book is aptly subtitled, "Your Roadmap to Recovery," as it presents a method that can be used to plan, measure, and execute - modifying as necessary - a personalized program of rehabilitation towards recovery. The book includes suggestions that will motivate a stroke patient to continue to improve, even when progress becomes more difficult to discern.

    The most current information about stroke recuperation is presented, along with precautionary information to reduce risk of another stroke. Latest treatment options are discussed, including strategies for effective recovery including the use of technology, mirrors, music, and exercise. A chapter entitled "Spasticity Control and Elimination" offers information about taming that most undesirable "beast" that results from stroke.

    Stronger After Stroke provides information and caveats about available "stroke recovery machines," and includes a helpful list of resources plus a glossary of terms. Despite the fact that the book suffers from very poor editing and lack of proofreading (which cost it one star in my rating), I believe that Stronger After Stroke is a valuable and necessary resource for people who have suffered strokes, their families, and their caretakers.
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