Stroke Survivor

A stroke survivor dedicated to helping people with disabilities live full lives.

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Commending Paul Berger

 Paul Named Virginia Advocate of the Year
AHA's "You're the Cure" Honor
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 Fairfax Caregiver

Caregivers, family members, friends, and colleagues of
stroke survivors and
other people with disabilities seeking better lives: Welcome! features special products and resources for caregivers:

  • E-book on caregiving: “Stephanie Mensh’s Conquering Aphasia & Stroke for Caregivers”, click here.

Here are some helpful resources for caregivers:

  • Self-Help
    Live Your Life Well Campaign, click here
    Dealing Better by Writing Out Problems, click here
  • Positive Psychology
    Shannon Polly, MAPP, website, click here
    A video lesson on self-efficacy, click here
  • Personal  Balance
    Breadwinning and Caregiving, click here
  • Resources & Education for Stroke Caregivers' Understanding & Empowerment (RESCUE)
    VA RESCUE Home page, click here
    VA RESCUE Tools page, click here
  • Respite
    The ARCH National Respite Network & Resource Center has materials for agencies, professionals & others wishing to set up respite care services, as well as information & resources for caregivers, click here
  • Finances and Taxes
    An excellent article with tips, references & resources for tax filers with disabilities, click here 
    Womens Institute for a Secure Retirement's, WISER'scaregiving page, click here
  • Resources for Family Caregivers from AARP.
    AARP provides online resources covering a broad array of topics including: care at home, medical issues, legal & financial, caregiver life balance, becoming part of their caregiver community, local resources & solutions, and caregivers stories. click here
  • Home Modifications
    Home Assessments for Stroke Survivors, click here
    National Association of Home Builders Universal Design/Certified Aging in Place Specialists, click here
  • Resource Links for caregivers, survivors, and professionals—one of the biggest lists anywhere! click here

Articles & Tips. click here.

Ask the Expert (send your questions too!), click here.

Does your loved one or friend have aphasia - speech and language problems - trouble with reading, writing, listening, talking?

Does your loved one or friend have hemiplegia - the right or left side is paralyzed - trouble with walking, balance, using one hand?

    Paul has it all!

My husband Paul had a stroke many years ago, resulting in aphasia, a paralyzed right hand,  weakness in his right leg, and foot-drop in his right ankle-foot. He was 36, and I was 32; we had been married for 4 years.

Read Stephanie's recommendations to the U.S. Commission on Long Term Care, August 2013.  Read about the LTC Commission here.

Special Employment News for Caregivers

We designed our website to motivate and empower caregivers to help the survivor - as well as yourself - to regain control of your life, return to the activities you love, take steps to become more independent and productive, improve communication and relationships, and achieve your goals.

    As a caregiver for many years, I've learned the importance of following my own dreams and achieving self-fulfillment, while helping Paul with his goals.

Here you'll find FREE articles, newsletters, products and books, answers to your questions, video clip and much more.

After you've visited, please send me an email with your thoughts - about our website, about how you've used my tips, questions you have on overcoming specific challenges you face, or anything else you want to say.

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 How to Conquer the World With One Hand...And an Attitude
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E-Books: Solutions to Download:
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Conquering Aphasia & Stroke for Caregivers Click for details

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You are marvels!  I just read the newsletter ... and it is simply priceless (I always read them, and they are all noteworthy, but this one is beyond good.)  Paul, your book is in my book as something that all clinicians should have, read, pass on (ie, make them buy) to their clients.
 -Audrey Holland, Professor Emerita,University of Arizona

I came across your website today and just wanted to congratulate you on providing a helpful resource for stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.
     -Marisca Baldwin, The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre, Toronto,,Canada

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