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8 Things That Can Help Restore Memory After a Stroke

April 19, 2022

From the Everyday Health website

Memory loss is a common symptom of stroke, but there are things you can do to help get your memory back. Just like exercising your muscles can help improve mobility after a stroke, giving your brain a workout is a significant part of recovery

The extent of your memory loss can depend on how old you are, the severity of your stroke, where your stroke occurred, and even the support you have from family and friends.

“Memory deficits after a stroke can vary,” says Melissa (Muller) Meyers, an occupational therapist at MossRehab in Philadelphia. Memory loss can take the form of aphasia, suddenly forgetting words and losing the ability to verbally communicate, forgetting stories or conversations, or not being able to recognize formerly familiar faces or routes.

No medication is known to help reverse memory loss after a stroke, Meyers says. In fact, certain medications may actually make memory loss worse, according to the American Stroke Association (ASA). But where drugs won’t help, you can take steps with activities, therapy, and rehabilitation to help recover your memory after stroke.  

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