A Long Goodbye and a Slow Hello


A Long Goodbye And A Slow Hello *:

Dealing with loss and finding new meaning after an Acquired Brain Injury –
a talk given to the Stroke Support Group, Pretoria on 1 July 2014.

By Sunica Schreiner, Clinical Psychologist, Community Service, Eersterust Community Health Clinic,
Gauteng Department of Health, Tshwane Region.

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Stroke Newsletter Autumn 2014


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Stroke Newsletter Spring 2013


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Keep your memory in good shape

Use everyday habits to keep your memory in good shape

Your daily habits and lifestyle — what you eat and drink, whether you exercise, how stressed you are, and more — affect your mental health every bit as much as your physical health. A growing body of research indicates that regular exercise and a healthful diet can help protect your memory from aging-related decline.

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Mini relaxation excercises

Mini-relaxation exercises: A quick fix in stressful moments

Mini-relaxations are stress busters you can reach for any time. These techniques can ease your fear at the dentist’s office, thwart stress before an important meeting, calm you when stuck in traffic, or help you keep your cool when faced with people or situations that irritate you. Whether you have one minute or three, these exercises work.

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Can you sidestep Alzheimer's disease?

A recent international survey identified Alzheimer's as the second most feared disease, behind cancer. It's no wonder.

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by progressive damage to nerve cells and their connections. The result is devastating and includes memory loss, impaired thinking, difficulties with verbal communication, and even personality changes. A person with Alzheimer's disease may live anywhere from two to 20 years after diagnosis. Those years are spent in an increasingly dependent state that exacts a staggering emotional, physical, and economic toll on families.

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Message from your brain

If our brains could talk, what would they want to tell us after acquiring an injury? (This is relevant to Stroke Survivors and TBI’ers)


I’m glad to see that you are awake! This is your brain talking. I had to find some way to communicate with you. I feel like I barely survived World War Three and am still not quite all in one piece. That’s why I need you. I need you to take care of me.

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Heart Beats

With permission from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of S.A.


Heart and stroke news and breakthroughs that you need to know about.  By Candice  Verwey.

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Yes, you're thin but are you healthy?
There's greater awareness than ever about the health problems related to obesity, so those who are lucky enough to be thin often assume that they are not only in good shape, but in good health, too.  However, the bathroom scale alone is no reliable guage of overall health.  By Laura Twiggs
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Stroke Survival Guide

Having a stroke can change your life, but thankfully almost all stroke survivors recover to some extent and go on to lead normal, meaningful lives.  The support from those around you is crucial in helping you make the best possible recovery.  By Erika Ketterer, registered dietician at the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa

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