How do stroke survivors recover? Unless they return to exactly the life they enjoyed before the stroke, a critical component of recovery must include helping survivors on their emotional journey to redefine the self. This presentation will be led by Dr. Debra Meyerson, formerly a tenured professor at the Stanford School of Education who suffered a severe stroke in 2010. She and her husband share their experiences with the recovery process, and the work they are doing to better understand and support stroke survivors and families in rebuilding identity as a critical step toward rebuilding rewarding lives. Three professional care providers -- a physiatrist, a speech-language pathologist and aphasia expert, and an occupational therapist -- will talk about their experience in the rehabilitative process, how they support this aspect of recovery, and the research, resources, and practices they think could help the field of stroke recovery do so more effectively.
Discuss the emotional journey that is critical to real recovery -- rebuilding rewarding lives -- by stroke survivors and their families.
Describe the concept of identity and its relevance to stroke recovery.
Use strategies that can help support survivors and families in the process of rebuilding rewarding lives in the face of ongoing disabilities after stroke.