After having a stroke, many people experience the loss of physical and cognitive function. Although these losses are mostly caused by the neurological effects from the stroke, issues such as extreme fatigue and a deconditioned state may also contribute to loss of function. Here are five at-home activities that may restore function for stroke survivors.
1. Range-of-Motion Exercises
Depending on the extent of neurological damage your senior loved one has experienced, he or she may benefit from doing range-of-motion exercises. Range-of-motion activities can be performed either passively or actively. Passive range of motion is best for stroke survivors who have hemiplegia, or one-sided paralysis. During passive range-of-motion exercises, you can move your loved one’s joints through a complete range-of-motion cycle to enhance circulation while preventing stiffness. These exercises are typically done on the shoulders, elbows, knees, ankles, wrists, and fingers. If your loved one is able to with no assistance, he or she can perform active range-of-motion exercises independently.
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2. Stationary Cycling
Weakness or paralysis can impair the ability to walk after a stroke, which can lead to muscle wasting, loss of muscle strength in the legs, decreased coordination, and deconditioning. Riding a stationary bicycle can increase ambulation ability, enhance cardiovascular health, and boost muscle tone and strength. Instead of an upright stationary bicycle, provide your loved one with a mini pedal exerciser, which he or she can use while sitting in a chair.
3. Jigsaw Puzzles
When stroke survivors work on jigsaw puzzles, they have to concentrate on the task at hand, which may put them in a peaceful trance-like state, providing some of the same benefits as mindfulness meditation. This mindfulness promotes a sense of calmness and wellbeing, which can lower blood pressure and enhance cardiovascular function. Visual-spatial benefits are also obtained from doing jigsaw puzzles when stroke survivors look at the puzzle pieces and try to fit them into the appropriate spaces.
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4. Baking Cookies
In addition to eating and sharing the cookies, your loved one can also be involved in measuring the dry and wet ingredients for the dough. Measuring and pouring the ingredients into measuring spoons and cups and cracking the eggs can enhance visual-spatial abilities. Also, hand mixing the dough increases finger strength, while kneading the dough and rolling it with a rolling pin increases blood flow to the arms and hands.
Charades is a physical game in which the participants act out words or phrases. Stroke survivors who play charades need to think about how they’re going to act out or pantomime the clues. They’ll also need to move their bodies by gesturing, frequently nodding the head when miming the word “yes,” and shaking the head from side to side when miming the word “no.” Charades is a fun pastime that makes stroke survivors use their critical thinking and memory skills while keeping them physically active.
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