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National Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
November 2013

Now More Than Ever—Support for Caregivers

Join Careliving CommunityIt’s National Family Caregiver Month, a time to recognize the millions of caregivers across the country. In the last year, our online support group for caregivers, CarelivingCommunity, has doubled in size— leading to some wonderful changes. There are now more interactive and helpful discussions, a new “Expert Speak” advice blog, and news about our caregiver programs and resources. Now more than ever Careliving Community is there for thousands of caregivers who need discussion, connection and support. Join today.

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November Is American Diabetes Month®

Diabetes and Stroke brouchure coverIn the U.S., nearly 26 million children and adults have diabetes. Another 79 million have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal. Many of these people will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Often people with diabetes have health problems that increase their risk for stroke.

This November, educate yourself about diabetes and its connection to stroke. National Stroke Association has a new brochure—Diabetes and Stroke. Download it today and learn more about this controllable risk factor.

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Ever Forget to Tell Your Doctor?

National Stroke Association Post-stroke checklistDid you know that over 40 percent of people forget questions they wanted to ask their doctor at their appointment? National Stroke Association offers a new Post-stroke Checklist for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers.

The checklist addresses 12 areas with common post-stroke challenges, such as concerns you might forget during an appointment, issues you might not know are related to your stroke or items that are embarrassing to bring up.

Download the checklist and take it to your next appointment.

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New Spasticity Impact Survey 

Doctor with patient photoA recent survey conducted by National Stroke Association and Allergan, Inc. asked stroke survivors and their caregivers to rank how post-stroke conditions impact quality of life. Spasticity, which causes muscles to contract and spasm leading to stiffness and pain, scored second only to paralysis in its impact. However, close to 50 percent of stroke survivors and their caregivers are unaware of the available treatment options.

For information about spasticity and for an interactive discussion guide to share with your treatment team, please visit www.SpasticityAfterStroke.com.

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Corporate Alliance Board Members

Chairman level
Allergan, Inc. • Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Genentech, Inc.

Executive level
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company/Pfizer Inc. Partnership 
 Medtronic, Inc.  

Director level
Acorda Therapeutics
Allsup, Inc.Avanir Pharmaceuticals
  • Bioness Inc. Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. LundbeckPatterson Medical 

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