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More Tips and Tricks

Oct 8/2012

For easier one-handed scooping of ice cream, mashed potatoes or other "gluey" things that tend to stick to the spoon, try using an ice cream like the one pictured above. The semi-rotation of the lever moves it under the food and loosens it so it can fall out easily . You can buy one at kitchen stores or check out your local flea market for an older one which often work just as well and cost a lot less.

Oct 12, 2012

People Suffering Stroke At Younger Ages, study finds


Oct 15/2012

More Tips And Tricks

New Nail Clippers at Lee Valley

Update on Nail Clippers

I bought all three varities from Lee Valley and last night I clipped my own nails for the first time in almost 8 years! The levers on the blue ones are designed for people with limited dexterity and I found them relatively east to press with my affected hand even in a curled state. Cutting the nails on my affected hand was more tricky, but I found if I manipulated my fingers on a table edge I could keep them still long enough to cut them. What a relief it was to do it myself, and one less thing for my husband to do for me. I found the rotating head clippers a little more fiddly. I'll have to try them a few more times to see f they are usable for me.

I also bought the single handed server which is amazing! It's just perfect for picking up pasta and salad...easy-peasy. A keeper for sure, and it comes in lots of colours and is easy to clean.

Oct 26/2012

Get Up and Get Moving


Oct 29/2012

Working Out Is Good for the Brain as Well as the Heart


Oct 29/2012

Cracking the Claims About Coconut Oil


Nov 1/2012

Tips and Tricks

Update on Blo and Go

I recently purchased a Blow and Go hair dryer holder because it seemed to be a great idea for anyone with a weakened or non-functional arm. It is heavy and very difficult to secure on a mirror with one hand (it doesn't adhere to walls at all) and the suction doesn't hold, making the entire contraption a flying missile. I still think the concept is a good one but suggest waiting until the company comes up with a permanent holder that fastens to the wall.

Sammons Preston (now Patterson Medical) carries The Hands-Free Hair Dryer Pro 2000 which can sit on a table or shelf.


Drugs  +  Herbal Remedies  =  Trouble


Health Canada Update on Flu Shot

Nov 8/2012

Hot Or Cold, Winter Is Bad For Your Health


Some Signs Of Aging Can Predict Heart Disease

Nov 12/2012

What is a Polypill and Why it May be Good For You?

                   Can You Teach Old Dogs New Tricks?

Fit, Yet Fat? A Little Exercise May Add Years to Your Life.


                                       Nov 20/2012


                       Forget your perfect offering
                      There is a crack in everything
                      That's how the light gets in

Leonard Cohen "Anthem: Ring the bells that still can ring"

                                    Nov.27/ 2012

          Stronger Warnings About Grapefruit



Seville Oranges




                               New Tips and Tricks

                  Gardening made easier and accesible

                             VegTrug From Vesey's


                                        Also From Vesey's

                          Self-Watering Stand Up Garden


                                          Dec 4/2012

Is adversity good for you? Why trauma may be just what you need.



From Baycrest-A leading research institute in cognitive neuroscience

Is MCI (mild cognitive impairment) robbing you of your memory?


Normal agng or MCI? What's the difference?

Dec 10/2012

Need a New Doctor?


Dec. 19/2012

 "Amour" An Emotional Tale of Enduring Love

In 'Amour,' Michael Haneke explores the devastating effects of a wife's strokes on a marriage. Emmanuelle Riva's and Jean-Louis Trintignant's performances are a revelation


Dec 24/2012

Keep healthy and safe over this holiday season.

More stroke news in 2013!

Jan 3/2013

A Language Unlocked

“Alun Morgan, 81, was evacuated to Wales during the Second World War but left 70 years ago,” reports The Daily Telegraph. “During his time there he was surrounded by Welsh speakers but never learned the language himself. … Morgan recently suffered a severe stroke, but when he regained consciousness three weeks later, doctors discovered he was speaking Welsh and could not remember any English. It is thought that the Welsh that Morgan heard as a boy had sunk in without him knowing and was unlocked after he suffered the stroke. … Doctors diagnosed Morgan with aphasia … which causes a shift in the brain’s language centre.” He is now trying to regain his fluency in English.

By Michael Kesterton
In The Globe and Mail
Published Jan 3/ 2013

It's Still Me


A delightful short film about living with aphasia created in cillaboration wiht The American Aphasia Institute and can be purchased at their website :


Article sources : perfect stroke survivor

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