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The rate of people dying from a stroke has declined by 30% over the past decade, according to a new report. Researchers working on the report say they cannot pinpoint the exact reason for the decline, but they speculate that success in lowering Americans’ blood pressure, reductions in smoking, and better treatment for people who have had a stroke could be a few important reasons.
Despite the good news of stroke deaths declining, stroke remains the leading cause of long-term disability. Occupational therapy plays an important role in stroke recovery.
If you work with clients who have had a stroke, share AOTA’s tip sheet on recovering from a stroke. The tip sheet includes information about how clients can use activities to be able to do things such as be as independent as possible and increase safety in the home. There is also information about the ways an occupational therapy practitioner can help.
AOTA Press recently released a book about upper-extremity task-specific training after stroke. The book discusses this effective intervention for relearning a motor skill when used by itself or in combination with other interventions. The book is a practical manual that describes how to effectively integrate task-specific training into occupational therapy and physical therapy interventions. Learn more about the book here.