Stroke: Memory Tips
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.
Other Works Consulted
- 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.
Current as of: March 4, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Richard D. Zorowitz MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation