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"A Selection of the American Stroke Association's 2009 Annual Summer Reading List

"The subjects covered in detail in this book are not commonly found in other consumer health books on the subject of stroke; therefore, it would make a good addition to most consumer health collections."--CAPHIS, Medical Library Association

"This is an extremely important book...It is a truly inspirational accomplishment and it will significantly improve the lives of all those who are affected by stroke. [Levine] makes the new and increasingly accepted therapeutic principle that - the mind can change the brain - come alive for the very population of people who can benefit from it most. It is a wonderful achievement!"-- Jeffrey M. Schwartz, M.D., Author of The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force

"Stroke survivors and their families have a fine guide to recovery in STRONGER AFTER STROKE, an excellent survey of basic concepts of the process of recovery after a stroke. From special challenges at different stages of recovery to basic concepts of setting goals and passing hurdles, STRONGER AFTER STROKE provides a powerful roadmap to recovery and is a top pick for any general-interest or health collection."" -- California Bookwatch

"At last! A stroke researcher guide that stroke survivors and their families can take home with them - Stronger after Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery is a stroke survivor's guide for recovery that places the stroke survivor in charge of the choices they will make towards their personal goals and growth"--Cleo Hutton, LPN, Author of After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier and Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal

"This book can serve as positive inspiration for patients with stroke that will face such a long and arduous journey."--Lisa Lombardo, editor ADVANCE for Physical Therapists and PT Assistants

"...researcher with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati presents a more effective treatment philosophy."-- ForeWord Magazine

"This inspirational volume is written specifically for stroke survivors and their caregivers. It presents an upbeat, empowering and hopeful message that urges stroke survivors not to accept the status quo of stroke rehabilitation but to expect more and be actively invested in achieving optimal outcomes. Not only do I believe this tome should be required reading for stroke survivors, I think it should be required reading for all OTs and rehabilitation professionals." --Deborah E. Budash, MA, OTR/L, Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners.

(Deborah "Budash, MA, OTR/L" dvance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. 20100503)

About the Author

<DIV>Peter G. Levine is co-director of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory, and a researcher with the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati Academic Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Levine has been involved in stroke-specific rehabilitation research for almost a decade and has been published in journals and magazines, including the National Stroke Association s StrokeSmart. Levine also writes a monthly column in Advance for Physical Therapists and conducts workshops throughout the US in the area of stroke rehabilitation and neuroplasticity.</div>

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 215 pages
  • Publisher: Demos Health; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932603743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932603743
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Peter G. Levine


Peter is the director of SynapsTogether, an organization dedicated to finding and reporting on the best systems for driving cortical plasticity.

Since the late '90s Peter has been involved in stroke-specific clinical research as a Research Associate first in the Human Performance & Motion Analysis Laboratory at the Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, and more recently as a Research Associate and Co-Director of the Neuromotor Recovery and Rehabilitation Laboratory, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cincinnati's College of Allied Health Sciences.

* is the author of Stronger After Stroke (Demos Medical, 2012--multiple translations)
* has co-authored more than 60 articles and abstracts (most stroke-specific) published in peer-reviewed journals
* writes a monthly column on stroke recovery in ADVANCE for Physical Therapy & Rehab Medicine
* is a frequent speaker on the subject of stroke recovery and neuroplasticity.

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Stronger After Stroke is motivational, inspirational, insightful, practical and all inclusive! Every stroke survivor should read this book. The author states that if after your stroke, you've accepted your decline the book isn't for you. It's for survivors who want to get better!

It's refreshing to read a book that focuses on recovery rather than adapting one's lifestyle to the stroke. The author states throughout the book that the most important person in the recovery process is the survivor and that it takes hard work for possibly years. One must persevere with patience and never give up. Our brains have the ability to rewire but it takes repetitive, meaningful movements for that rewiring to take place. Levine explains how the brain works and how recovery works with specific tasks to aid in recovery.

We have to take charge of our own recovery. Levine suggests we need to be researchers and read up on the latest stroke recovery research and lists websites to do that research. He also believes survivors would benefit from clinical trials. A large portion of the book is about different treatment options. I really like the author's descriptions of so many varied treatment options. There are wonderful suggestions of what to do in addition to regular therapy.

Another large portion of the book has specific exercises and strategies for recovery that can be done at home. They are practical, easily understood and great suggestions. The author states that recovery takes motivation - people who are motivated make progress but one has to stay motivated when the going gets tough. Setting goals, measuring progress and celebrating every step of progress is crucial and writing it down on a calendar helps us keep track.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nancy Hoffman on January 26, 2009
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My husband had a stroke in June 2008. I think I have read just about everything on the subject. THIS book has been OUR favorite, by far. It just matches our recovery philosophy very well and we have learned LOTS of things that no doctor or therapist has taken the time to share with us.

If you are a MOTIVATED survivor who doesn't mind working for your recovery, this book will give you lots of ideas, hope, and the knowledge that you have been on the right track all along.

Good luck!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie R. Wolfram on January 30, 2009
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I wish this book would have been available after I stroked in April of '07. I read and researched so much about stroke from many different sources. This book covers it all in one place and is for the motivated stroke survivor. It is definitely a "must read" for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their family/friends. I rate it the highly coveted 5 stars.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Gauman on November 7, 2008
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I bought this book hoping to get some useful tips to help in the recovery of my eight year old son, who suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in 2007. I was immediately taken with the book, and how much hope it offers not only stroke patients, but also TBI patients. Thank you so much for writing a book that gives us, as caregivers, a plan of action and insight when maybe traditional therapy methods are not getting us the progress we think we can be seeing. This book reaffirms the basic principle that if there is a will, there is a way.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carol Porter on May 7, 2009
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The book is written for people who want to take an active role in optimal recovery after they've had a stroke.

The author is very knowledgeable about stroke, rehabilitation, and the brain, and he expresses recovery concepts clearly, often repeating and rephrasing. I believe that the clear presentation of information, coupled with the restatement of important points, will be helpful to stroke patients and their families. During a stressful time, in early recovery, these readers will benefit because critical concepts are emphasized and re-emphasized.

Levine explains neuroplasticity - the brain's amazing capacity to rewire itself - and proposes exercises and measurement systems to achieve optimal recovery. He reiterates that, with perseverance and repetition, stroke patients are able to make incremental, measurable progress - often beyond medical expectations.

The book is aptly subtitled, "Your Roadmap to Recovery," as it presents a method that can be used to plan, measure, and execute - modifying as necessary - a personalized program of rehabilitation towards recovery. The book includes suggestions that will motivate a stroke patient to continue to improve, even when progress becomes more difficult to discern.

The most current information about stroke recuperation is presented, along with precautionary information to reduce risk of another stroke. Latest treatment options are discussed, including strategies for effective recovery including the use of technology, mirrors, music, and exercise. A chapter entitled "Spasticity Control and Elimination" offers information about taming that most undesirable "beast" that results from stroke.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Matthews on February 28, 2009
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I am a stroke survivor who has greatly benefitted from this incredible book. this is the best book written to date that I am aware of for us stroke survivors. It really is a guidebook on the practical methods of rehabilitation that allows the stroke survivor to put the process of rehab in his or her own hands, so to speak. Essentially, improvement in recovery is a choice as outlined in Peter's book. it is a matter of long-term patience and persistence but it is possible to improve no matter how far out from a stroke one is. I would say that this book should be required reading for any therapist, Neuro Resident, stroke survivor or care-giver to better equip them to accurately educate their stroke patients during their recovery process. great job Peter! Thank you
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