Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery Paperback – Oct 10 2008
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"A Selection of the "American Stroke Association's" 2009 Annual Summer Reading List"The subjects covered in detail in this book are not commonly found in other consumer health books on the subject of stroke; therefore, it would make a good addition to most consumer health collections."--CAPHIS, Medical Library Association "This is an extremely important book...It is a truly inspirational accomplishment and it will significantly improve the lives of all those who are affected by stroke. [Levine] makes the new and increasingly accepted therapeutic principle that - the mind can change the brain - come alive for the very population of people who can benefit from it most. It is a wonderful achievement!"-- Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., Author of The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force "Stroke survivors and their families have a fine guide to recovery in STRONGER AFTER STROKE, an excellent survey of basic concepts of the process of recovery after a stroke. From special challenges at different stages of recovery to basic concepts of setting goals and passing hurdles, STRONGER AFTER STROKE provides a powerful roadmap to recovery and is a top pick for any general-interest or health collection."" -- California Bookwatch "At last! A stroke researcher guide that stroke survivors and their families can take home with them - Stronger after Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery is a stroke survivor's guide for recovery that places the stroke survivor in charge of the choices they will make towards their personal goals and growth"--Cleo Hutton, LPN, Author of After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier and Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal "This book can serve as positive inspiration for patients with stroke that will face such a long and arduous journey."--Lisa Lombardo, editor ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants ..".researcher with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati presents a more effective treatment philosophy."-- ForeWord Magazine "This inspirational volume is written specifically for stroke survivors and their caregivers. It presents an upbeat, empowering and hopeful message that urges stroke survivors not to accept the status quo of stroke rehabilitation but to expect more and be actively invested in achieving optimal outcomes. Not only do I believe this tome should be required reading for stroke survivors, I think it should be required reading for all OTs and rehabilitation professionals."-- Deborah E. Budash, MA, OTR/L, Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners.--Deborah "Budash, MA, OTR/L""dvance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners." (05/03/2010)
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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.
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.
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.