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Coping with Post-stroke Depression and Cognitive Changes

A Members-only Webinar
Program Date: September 8, 2016
Program Time: Noon -1 P.M. EST
Estimated Time: 1 hour



Depression and cognitive problems following a stroke are many times not fully understood and addressed accordingly.  This leads to greater frustration for the patient as well as the caregiver leading to more problems moving forward.  This can affect not only immediate rehabilitation but also long term recovery.  If not addressed it can also increase the risk of mortality for the stroke survivor.


Post-stroke depression and cognition

  • Location of stroke
  • Cognitive challenges
  • Memory problems
  • Attention problems
  • Perception
  • Visual
  • Apraxia
  • Social

Tips for improving cognitive changes and depression

  • Improving memory
  • Attention problems
  • Perception problems
  • Cognitive problems
  • What else can be done

Non-Pharmacologic strategies

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Exercise
  • Acupuncture
  • Music therapy
  • Support groups

Goals and Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the cognitive effects of stroke and post-stroke depression and the impact on the stroke survivor and the caregiver.
  • List 5 things to help with the post-stroke cognitive effects.
  • List 2 non-pharmacologic treatment modalities to help with post-stroke depression.

Target Audience

The target audience includes stroke center coordinators, nurses, medical directors, hospital administrators, neurologists and other healthcare professionals who provide care to stroke patients.

Content Developed and Presented By:

Jennifer Reeves-Reed, RN, MSN
Good Shepherd Medical Center
Longview, Texas

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