It is estimated that 2 million brain cells are lost every minute after suffering a stroke.
A stroke can be overwhelming but there are many resources to help guide you and your loved ones in coping with a stroke. Below are some reliable resources to help you manage the many health and emotional issues that can occur with a stroke.
American Stroke Association: A Division of the American Heart Association
Agency on Aging- South Central Connecticut
Brain Aneurysm Foundation
The Internet Stroke Center
National Aphasia Association
National Stroke Association
Resources for stroke patient/family education on complementary and alternative medicine and therapies:
1. National Stroke Association website
; search for articles on the topic in issues of their magazine StrokeSmart
2. Cochrane Collaboration website
Books & Videos
After Stroke: A Complete, Step-by-Step Blueprint for Getting Better. David Hinds. Thorsons, 2000.
After Stroke: Enhancing Quality of Life. Wallace Sife. Haworth Press, 1998.
After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier. Cleo Hutton. Demos Medical Publishing, 2005.
By His Side: Life and Love After Stroke. Eileen Steers Quann. Fastrak Press, 2002.
Contemporary Diagnosis and Management of Stroke. Jesse Weinberger. Handbooks in Health Care, 2005.
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. Jean-Dominique Bauby. Translated from the French. Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
Harbor: Helping Patients and the Family After a Loved One had a Stroke [Video]. Aquarius Health Videos, 1999.
How to Conquer the World with One Hand … And an Attitude. Paul Berger. Positive Power Publishing, 2003.
Living with Stroke: A Guide for Families. Richard C. Senelick. Contemporary Books, 1999.
Living with Stroke: Strategies to live a healthy life. Developed by the Sheperd Center. “e-book”
Managing Stroke: A Guide to Living Well After Stroke. Paul Rao (ed.). ABI Professional Publications, 2000.
My Stroke of Luck. Kirk Douglas. HarperCollins, 2002.
My Year Off: Recovering Life After a Stroke. Robert McCrum. W.W. Norton & Company, 1998.
November Days. Bonnie Ruth.Francis Scott Press, 1995.
One-Handed in a Two-Handed World. Tommye-K. Mayer. Prince Gallison Press, 2000.
Out of the Blue: One Woman’s Story of Stroke, Love, and Survival. Persimmon Blackbridge. Wildcat Canyon Press, 2000.
Return to Ithaca: A Woman’s Triumph over the Disabilities of a Severe Stroke. Barbara Newborn. Element Books Limited, 1997.
Stop Your Next Stroke: Stroke Prevention for Those Who have Had a Stroke or Stroke-Like Symptoms. David Always. Authorhouse, 2005.
Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal. Cleo Hutton. Dana Press, 2003.
Stroke: A Comprehensive Guide to Brain Attacks. Everything You Need to Know. Vladimir Hachinski. Firefly Books, Ltd., 2003.
Stroke: A Memoir. Arthur Niehoff. The Hominid Press, 2001.
Stroke: Questions You Have – Answers You Need. Jennifer Hay. People’s Medical Society, 1995.
Stroke: Your Complete Exercise Guide. Neil F. Gordon. Human Kinetics, 1993.
Stroke and the Family. Joel Stein. Harvard University Press, 2004.
Stroke at Time of Diagnosis [Video]. Time Life Medical. Patient Education Media, 1996.
The Stroke Book. June Biermann. Tarcher, 2005.
Stroke for Dummies. John R. Marler. Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2005.
A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis, and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor. Howard Rocket. Rehabilitation Institute of Toronto, 1998.
The Stroke Recovery Book: A Guide for Patients and Families. Kip Burkman. Addicus Books, 1998.
Teaching Me to Run. Tommye-K. Mayer. Prince Gallison Press, 2000.
When Someone You Love Has a Stroke: A National Stroke Association Book. Marilyn Larkin. Dell Publishing, 1995.
When I Learn … Surviving Stroke with Pride. Donna Brady. Authorhouse, 2002.
Whose Hand is This? Our Story of Stroke, Recovery and Love. Rosalie Leaney. Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1999.
Your Mother Has Suffered a Slight Stroke. Kathleen Bosworth. Publish America, 2001.
Stroke Connection. Published 6 times a year by the American Stroke
Published 6 times a year by the American Stroke Association. 1-888-4-STROKE. Free.
Published 6 times a year by the National Stroke Association. 1-800-STROKES. Free.
Support at Gaylord Hospital
Gaylord Stroke Support Group
Who: The group is designed to target all ages with specialization in the young adult population.
Gaylord Peer Mentor Program
Where: Main Entrance of Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford Jackson Ground Floor (across from the library)
When: First Thursday of every month from 3:30-4:30 PM
Contact: 1 866 GAYLORD or (203) 284-2800
Stroke survivors who are members of our Stroke Support Group have volunteered to be peer mentors to our current stroke inpatients. They are available to meet with patients privately to provide encouragement or answer questions regarding stroke recovery. Please contact the support group leader if you are interested in meeting with a peer mentor.