June is Stroke Awareness Month in Canada, a time to spread awareness of the causes and effects of stroke as well as its treatment.

WHAT IS STROKE?

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke depend on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done. Knowing how the brain works can help you understand more about strokes.

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, exercise after a stroke is a good way to maintain your health keeping you healthy – physically and mentally – to reduce the chance of another stroke and to improve your quality of life.  Now with modern technology, even during the pandemic, this can be done from the comfort of your own home.

KEEPING UP WITH EXERCISE AND VOICE WORK THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

George Grantham, a retired professor and researcher, always led a very active life, but after a stroke in the summer of 2016, he faced some big changes. He recovered after his stroke but was left with a diagnosis of Aphasia and like many stroke survivors was looking for ways to improve his speech. For George’s full story, click here.

CUMMINGS WELLNESS VIDEOS

FROM BRAIN TO ARM-POST STROKE
ONLINE COURSE

This class focuses on strengthening & building new brain connections to an arm that has been affected by a stroke.

TO GET STARTED

VOCAL EXERCISES FOR PEOPLE WITH APHASIA
WITH VICTORIA McNEILL

Daily vocal exercises for people who live with Aphasia, focusing on breath support, volume, and clarity.

TO GET STARTED

POST STROKE LEVEL 1
WITH MARIA FRAGAPANE AND MARYSE LOISELLE

TO GET STARTED

POST STROKE LEVEL 2
WITH MARIA FRAGAPANE AND MARYSE LOISELLE

TO GET STARTED

POST STROKE LEVEL 3
WITH MARIA FRAGAPANE AND MARYSE LOISELLE

TO GET STARTED

ONLINE CLASS

POST-STROKE : RETRAINING YOUR ARM & YOUR VOICE
EVERY THURSDAY 1:00 – 3:00PM WITH MARIA & VICTORIA

Mindful exercises that will stimulate and strengthen arms & hands that are weakened due to stroke. Followed by music therapy to encourage & improve communication.

Register here

CUMMINGS LECTURES

NEUROPLASTICITY AND STROKE
WITH MARYSE LOISELLE

TO WATCH

MORE HELPFUL TOOLS

NATIONAL APHASIA ASSOCIATION
American resource with excellent information about what Aphasia is and tools.
LEARN MORE

APHASIA INSTITUTE
Canadian Resources for Aphasia.
LEARN MORE

TED TALK ABOUT APHASIA
LEARN MORE

TECHNOLOGY – APPS TO HELP WITH APHASIA

From Lingraphica

TALKPATH THERAPY
LEARN MORE

TALKPATH NEWS
If you have trouble following along as you read the news, this app reads aloud and highlights text to help practice
LEARN MORE

SMALL TALK
Exercises and tools to improve spoken language and comprehension
LEARN MORE

TO CONTACT US

To learn more about resources available for individuals post-stroke contact Maria Fragapane, Wellness and Adapted Supervisor, Cummings Centre 514-734-1797.

Funding for the Virtual Learning Program is generously provided by the Leonard Albert Family Foundation