Stroke: Memory Tips

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Topic Overview

A stroke often causes memory problems. In stroke rehab, you might try ways to help improve memory.

If your family member has problems with memory, you might get helpful tips from the stroke rehab team. These tips may include:

  • Set a daily routine, if possible.
  • Warn the person about upcoming changes in routine. Someone who has had a stroke may be very sensitive to minor changes in the daily activities.
  • Give short instructions. People with memory problems can remember only small amounts of information at a time (short retention span).
  • Give the person only one step to do at a time, and allow him or her to finish one step before going on to the next. Recall his or her progress so past successes are highlighted.
  • When teaching a skill, try to do it in an environment where that skill will be used. People with memory problems usually have trouble applying what has been learned in one setting to other settings.

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  • Winstein CJ, et al. (2016). Guidelines for adult stroke rehabilitation and recovery: A guideline for healthcare professionals from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Stroke, published online May 4, 2016. DOI: 10.1161/STR.0000000000000098. Accessed June 3, 2016.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Current as ofAugust 10, 2016