My ten top tips for stroke recovery

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Get organised

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It's not just about technology, but about the stroke survivor getting organised for everyday living. Because one can’t depend on memory, even the simplest tasks will require thought, planning and careful execution. At first this will be tedious and time-consuming and mistakes will be made but it will get better.

For instance, in the very beginning, I learned to sketch the items on my shopping list because, at the time I couldn’t read or write and these funny little sketches became a memory aid.I also lined up empty containers on the kitchen surface to remind me what I needed to buy. When I got back from the supermarket I threw out the ones I'd replaced and the ones that were left formed the basis of the next shopping list. I did this for a long time.

On the grounds that if you don't use it, you lose it, eleven years on, although I now can write and read a shopping list, I test myself by taking it with me but not referring to it until I have been round the supermarket. In the cafe afterwards I check my shopping against the list. When I started this exercise, half the items were missing but now I only have to go back to get one or two.

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