When Your Spouse Has a Stroke: Caring for Your Partner, Yourself, and Your Relationship

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A stroke can alter two people's lives in an instant. For the person who has had a stroke, simple tasks suddenly become difficult or impossible. For that person's partner, life seems to revolve mostly around the stroke survivor's needs. Such a drastic change naturally requires making many, sometimes taxing, adjustments. In this book, two experts in stroke recovery help couples deal with the impact of stroke on their lives and their relationship.

Drs. Sara and Jeffrey Palmer ...

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Overview

A stroke can alter two people's lives in an instant. For the person who has had a stroke, simple tasks suddenly become difficult or impossible. For that person's partner, life seems to revolve mostly around the stroke survivor's needs. Such a drastic change naturally requires making many, sometimes taxing, adjustments. In this book, two experts in stroke recovery help couples deal with the impact of stroke on their lives and their relationship.

Drs. Sara and Jeffrey Palmer explain how to overcome three major challenges:

• providing quality care for your partner• maintaining or rebuilding your relationship• caring for yourself as an individual

The book invites you into the lives of real couples who are themselves coping with these challenges. Their experiences model how you can improve essential aspects of your relationship, including communication, roles and responsibilities, and sexuality. A list of practical tips summarizes each chapter, providing a handy reference guide to meeting each day’s challenges.

More than just a discussion of the medical and practical aspects of stroke and stroke recovery, this book focuses on the emotional, psychological, and social consequences of stroke and the deeply personal side of caregiving. When Your Spouse Has a Stroke will relieve your burden and strengthen your partnership.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

CardioPulse
This book is unique and clearly needed by many families of stroke survivors.

— Andreas R. Luft

PsycCRITIQUES
This book is a treasure that each caregiving spouse can mine for helpful suggestions and better ways of handling the kinds of issues we all face.

— Sandra M. Fowler

CardioPulse - Andreas R. Luft
This book is unique and clearly needed by many families of stroke survivors.
PsycCRITIQUES - Sandra M. Fowler
This book is a treasure that each caregiving spouse can mine for helpful suggestions and better ways of handling the kinds of issues we all face.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801898877
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/2011
  • Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 785,517
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Palmer, Ph.D., is a psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Jeffrey B. Palmer, M.D., is a professor and Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Johns Hopkins University and Hospital. Both are coauthors of Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Living, also published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue Setting the Stage for Life after Stroke 1

Introduction When Stroke Moves In: How Stroke Affects You and Your Marriage 23

Chapter 1 The Secret Ingredient: Stroke and Social Support 41

Chapter 2 You are the One: Balancing the Roles of Caregiver and Marriage Partner 56

Chapter 3 A Fine Romance: Sex and Intimacy after Stroke 72

Chapter 4 Give Me a Break: Support for the Caregiving Spouse 91

Chapter 5 In Sickness and in Health: Rebuilding Your Marriage after Stroke 114

Chapter 6 'Til Death Do Us Part: Going the Distance with Your Spouse after Stroke 147

Epilogue From This Day On: The Future of Caregiving 174

Notes 183

Resources 187

Index 197

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