Post-Stroke Memory Tips

by Joi A. Cardinal

I have four:

1. Organizing the materials for my next project and putting them somewhere where I'll see them reminds me of the next task I want to accomplish.

2. Microsoft's OneNote program is the best product I have ever come across for organizing everything! Try it for free online and see.

3. A place for everything, and everything in its place. Mom, you were right.

4. Writing on a clipboard or blogging helps me organize my thoughts.

I'm still improving six years after a huge stroke caused by an AVM bleed. Good thing I was interested in brain function and time management before!

Joi Cardinal

Doug's Reply. These seem like excellent, practical memory tips for anyone dealing with the after-effects of a stroke. I'm sure those of my visitors who've either had a stroke (or other memory impairment) or know someone who has will find these very helpful.

I wonder, have you heard of the book, My Stroke of Insight, by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor? I have it on my shelf and have read it a couple of times.

She is a brain scientist who had a massive left-hemisphere stroke in 1996, at the age of 37. As a scientist, she was able to clinically observe the effects of the stroke as it happened as well as the debilitating effects that followed.

Then, during her recovery, she was careful to pay attention to exactly which types of behaviors and treatments helped her improve most and which interactions, whether intentionally or not, actually hindered her progress.

Although it sounds to me like you are well into the recovery stage, you might find some of her thoughts about strokes and stroke recovery useful and/or insightful.

Thanks so much for sharing these tips, Joi!


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