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Stroke Smart Magazine

November/December 2008

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6 Great gift Ideas for the Holidays

by Valerie Siebert-Thomas

Take Brave Steps™

With his personal stories of hope and unique approach to recovery, Ron Gardner offers an interesting holiday reading option for anyone whose life has been touched by stroke. Gardner guides the reader through the Take Brave Steps™ process from stroke to recovery. The proprietary process includes self-reflections, helpful tips, and other tools that Gardner developed during his years as a motivational speaker and in his own stroke recovery journey. The book can be used as a guide for stroke survivors, family members, caregivers, and health care professionals.

Price: $14.95

Phone: (856) 935-9316


Bili™ Foot Mouse

This holiday season, give the gift of easy computer access to someone who is unable to maneuver a computer mouse with his or her own hand. By moving the mouse to the floor, Bili™ helps people with hand or arm disabilities get back on the computer. The Bili™ Foot Mouse consists of a slipper-shaped pointer and a two-level pedal. Pedal movement controls clicks of the mouse, scroll rolls, and buttons allowing you to define up to 10 shortcuts. The Bili ™ Foot Mouse includes a software CD, product manual, and a free mouse mat.

Price: $199.99

Phone: (626) 333-8718


Women’s Blood Pressure Monitor

One way to manage blood pressure is to check it regularly. By giving a ReliOn® blood pressure monitor to the women in your life, you can help them do just that. Designed specifically for women, this monitor has a contoured cuff for arms measuring nine to 17 inches around and a gentler inflation than other blood pressure monitors. And, the ReliOn® monitor is pretty, with pink accents and a matching cuff holder. The product comes with a record chart for keeping track of blood pressure readings and a lifetime warranty. Batteries not included.

Price: $43.88

Phone: (800) 726-9855


Freedom Divided Plate

Make holiday meal time easier for you and your loved one: add Freedom dinnerware non-skid dishes to your gift list. Designed for people with restricted hand movement, the Freedom Divided Plate features a suction pad base to keep it from sliding around on the table during meals. It also has three compartments with high rims to keep foods separated. This product can help a stroke survivor eat independently, with fewer spills a true gift for the survivor and caregiver. Additional plates, plate guards, bowls and other adaptive dinnerware are also available.

Price: $27.95

Phone: (662) 294 -1444


StrokeSmart Jewelry

A stroke doesn’t just affect the survivor; it affects the whole family. This year, honor your family’s stroke experience by giving stroke awareness bracelets as holiday gifts. This particular item, called the Serenity bracelet, features red and blue iridescent flat beads and an easy-to-use magnetic clasp. Additional styles and charms are also available. Bring attention to stroke by wearing the bracelet everywhere. Whenever anyone comments on the StrokeSmart jewelry, take a moment to share your story and spread the word about stroke. Your voice is a powerful tool, especially when paired with beautiful jewelry that will start a conversation.

Price: $25.99

Contact: (800) 787-6537


Stroke of Insight

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s interest in the human brain began during her childhood when she realized that her older brother, who was later diagnosed with schizophrenia, experienced life differently than she did. Her desire to understand what caused the differences motivated her to become a brain scientist. In 1996, Dr. Taylor’s life took an unexpected turn when she had a massive stroke. In her book, Dr. Taylor shares her unique, and somewhat ironic, journey into, and back out of, the silent abyss of the wounded brain. This book is a great gift for anyone who wants a better understanding of stroke.

Price: $24.95

Phone: (212) 366 - 2752



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