Strokes can be minor, with minimal effects, or major, life-altering events that cause weakness, paralysis, or numbness on one or both sides of the body. Balance and coordination issues, as well as changes in judgment and behavior, are also common aftereffects of a stroke.
While each person will experience a stroke differently, the following are ways that a stroke commonly affects different parts of the brain:
A stroke in the right half of the brain can cause:
- Problems judging distances.
- Impaired judgment and behavior – The stroke survivor may try to do things that she should not do, such as driving a car. Those with poor judgment must be guided when making important decisions.
- Short-term memory loss.
A stroke in the left half of the brain can cause:
- Speech and language problems.
- Slow and cautious behavior – The confused or cautious stroke survivor will fare better in an ordered environment.
- Memory problems – The stroke survivor may not remember what was done ten minutes ago or may have a hard time learning new things. Sometimes memory loss can be so subtle that the family may not notice it at first.
Understanding the possible effects of a stroke can help family members plan for their loved one’s care. The caregivers at Aunt Ann’s Home Care can help patients live safely and happily at home post-stroke with home modifications and expert care. Contact us today at 415.974.3530 or 650.757.2000 to learn more.