IGA028 – Stroke Survivor Chronicles #1 – Comparing Notes

Summary:

Since Lee’s stroke in Dec. 2016, Lee has become familiar with many other stroke survivors who are still struggling to recover from the damages of their stroke. There are some real heartbreaking stories out there. But a story that ends well can inspire us all to keep moving forward. This episode unfolds the story of Kelly Martin-Balestrieri who suffered a major stroke 10 years ago. She could not walk or be alone for the first few months afterward. But she fought her way back to become a 3rd-degress black belt in taekwondo, and regularly spends as much time as she can outdoors with her family. Lee and Kelly discuss the details of their experiences, compare notes on their recovery paths, and theorize on the effects each of their strokes have had on their lives. This episode will bring you closer to understanding the perspective of a stroke survivor.

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The Questions Explored in this Episode:

  • Does having a stroke change the way we see the world?
  • What factors promote a fast and quick recovery from stroke?
  • How strokes can vary among individuals.
  • Does personality characteristics affect the speed of stroke recovery?

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The PDF of Strokes Resources and Information:

We’ve prepared a PDF chocked full of information about Lee’s stroke adventure and strokes in general. You will find this helpful in understanding the events, circumstances and challenges of those around you struggling with stroke recovery. This PDF contains:

  • Actual brain scan images showing Lee’s carotid arteries as well as normal arteries in the same area.
  • A sequence of photos showing how neuroplasticity can be used to minimize, over time, the damages from strokes through the use of deliberate and purpose-driven practice.
  • A 7 minute video where Lee recalls a few chuckles related to his treatment and care in the hospital during his stroke
  • Several arterial anatomy illustrations clearly showing the arterial structures involved in Lee’s stroke.
  • Selected videos dealing with understanding cholesterol to help prevent mistakes in minimizing stroke risks
  • How to quickly tell if you or someone with you is having a stroke.
  • Plus more…

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IGA025 – Elder Law – Part 2 of Avoiding the Dark Side Of Personal Planning

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The practice of elder law covers a myriad of life topics. David R. Craig, a NH elder law attorney, opens up many of these areas for us during this 2-part conversation. Hear Lee and David chat about many of the ramifications and pitfalls in managing our financial and health affairs to support all the possibilities ahead of us as we grow older. This is the second part of an engaging discussion delving further into several aspects of elder law. Lee and David continue with living wills, powers of attorney (both financial and health, guardianship, and Medicaid rules. David continues to educate us about the care that must be taken in setting up our arrangement to avoid surprises as our future events unfold.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode

  • A Perspective on Living Wills
  • The various type of ‘Power of Attorney” documents
  • Why Guardianships should be avoided
  • A few details on Medicaid rules in regards to gifts and personal assets

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    • Website: The law office of David R. Craig
    • National Elder Law Foundation

      National Elder Law Foundation

    • Two FREE articles Written by David R. Craig to increase our understanding (Get these sent to your inbox immediately)

      • “It is only now, after nearly 15 years in this practice area that I am beginning to understand what the term – Elder Law – really means”.
        Understand how an attorney sees the practice of Elder Law. Read David’s personal accounting of real-life circumstances with his mother, and other clients that underscore the importance of making basic legal arrangements. See why David questions the term “Elder Law”.
      • “Today, families are required to provide every detail of the last five years of their financial lives”.
        David has been watching the Medicaid landscape for many years and has noted some disturbing trends. In this article, he takes a look at where these issues might be headed. He explores both the history and possible future that we all may be facing with these issues

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The Lighter Side of Having a Stroke

We can always find a reason to chuckle, no matter what the circumstance. Even if we don’t feel like a chuckle, the cause to do so is still there.

On Dec. 29th, 2016, Lee had a stroke. In this video he talks with a small group of people about a few of the funnier occurrences on his journey to becoming a stroke survivor. Hear the full details in his podcast ( http://innergameofaging.com/iga22  and http://innergameofaging.com/iga23).

“The Lighter side of having a stroke” (Video):

IGA023- Strokes: Making it to the Other Side With Attitude

Summary:

As we learned from the previous episode, Lee had suffered a stroke on Dec. 29, 2016. Episode #22 goes into much detail about what Lee went through as he set out on his journey to recovered this stroke and how he would manage himself going forward to drastically reduce the chances of it happening again.It is helpful to listen to that episode before this one. In this follow-up, Lee reviews his recovery progress, his visit with neurology doctors, updates on critical information about arterial plaque build-up and cholesterol, and adjustments he will make to his health plans moving ahead. Lee’s journey provides a fascinating view of strokes from the onset to recovery. He considers himself extremely fortunate since many time stroke recovery is a lifetime effort.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • How people with good cholesterol levels can still end up with arterial plaque buildup
  • What one-man’s version of stroke recovery looks like. (remember, everyone is different.)
  • one strategy for reducing stroke risks after the first stroke has occurred.

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The PDF of Strokes Resources and Information:

We’ve prepared a PDF chocked full of information about Lee’s stroke adventure and strokes in general. You will find this helpful in understanding the events, circumstances and challenges of those around you struggling with stroke recovery. This PDF contains:

  • Actual brain scan images showing Lee’s carotid arteries as well as normal arteries in the same area.
  • A sequence of photos showing how neuroplasticity can be used to minimize, over time, the damages from strokes through the use of deliberate and purpose-driven practice.
  • A 7 minute video where Lee recalls a few chuckles related to his treatment and care in the hospital during his stroke
  • Several arterial anatomy illustrations clearly showing the arterial structures involved in Lee’s stroke.
  • Selected videos dealing with understanding cholesterol to help prevent mistakes in minimizing stroke risks
  • How to quickly tell if you or someone with you is having a stroke.
  • Plus more…

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IGA022: From a Picture of Health to a Stroke Survivor in 3 easy days

Summary:

The possibility of having a stroke presents a scary picture to most all of us. Lee Looks at this fear head on as he describes his journey to becoming a stroke survivor. Along the way we learn some valuable and potentially life saving information that should be heard by everyone. Although this episode is on the longer side, listen only to the first 20 minutes of this. if your earbuds are not glued to your ears by that time, then skip the rest of the episode. We’re confident that you will find more than enough information to enjoy the whole thing. But you decide.

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What You Will Learn About In This Episode:

  • How to identify someone (friend or loved-one) who is having a stroke
  • Why time is of the essence is getting medical attention for a stroke.
  • What is a silent stroke and why are they so dangerous.
  • A primer on Types of Strokes
  • Being Fit vs. Being healthy
  • The dangers of Cholesterol and stress
  • Factors that help in recovering from a stroke

Time-Stamps for Questions and Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Strokes vs. the “Grow older, not Old” message? (1:25)
  • My reasons for feeling Blessed from this stroke. (4:27)
  • A stroke in much more dangerous when it comes on slowly. (9:41)
  • At the hospital – first day (11:20)
  • The 4 primary objectives of a hospital’s care for a stroke victim (14:25)
  • The hospital’s initial evaluation and assessment procedures (18:15)
  • be careful with what you think a stroke would feel like? (23:39)
  • F.A.S.T = Face. Arms.Speech.Time (26:06)
  • Understanding strokes – Types, Stats, Facts (28:20)
  • TIA’s – the silent strokes are real scary stuff (34:38)
  • What actually caused Lee’s stroke? (36:39)
  • Being fit vs. being healthy (39:45)
  • Cholesterol (41:36)
  • Stress (45:56)
  • Evaluating the damage caused by the stroke (51:36)
  • Leaving the hospital (54:59)
  • recovering at home (57:48)
  • recovery, self-esteem and purpose (1:01:02)

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The PDF of Strokes Resources and Information:

We’ve prepared a PDF chocked full of information about Lee’s stroke adventure and strokes in general. You will find this helpful in understanding the events, circumstances and challenges of those around you struggling with stroke recovery. This PDF contains:

  • Actual brain scan images showing Lee’s carotid arteries as well as normal arteries in the same area.
  • A sequence of photos showing how neuroplasticity can be used to minimize, over time, the damages from strokes through the use of deliberate and purpose-driven practice.
  • A 7 minute video where Lee recalls a few chuckles related to his treatment and care in the hospital during his stroke
  • Several arterial anatomy illustrations clearly showing the arterial structures involved in Lee’s stroke.
  • Selected videos dealing with understanding cholesterol to help prevent mistakes in minimizing stroke risks
  • How to quickly tell if you or someone with you is having a stroke.
  • Plus more…

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Exercise for older people

IGA019: Don’t Try this at home – Lee’s tips on exercise for the older person

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For this episode, Lee stumbles his way through some personal stories as he tries to give advice to an older population on how to exercise. We know that Lee is no wimp in the gym. But how relevant do you think his thoughts on fitness and exercise are to the average person over 60. Hear him express some common sense approaches that should apply to all of us in some manner. Hear him express how he struggles to live by his own good advice.And if you are not yet living an active lifestyle, this episode could give you the insight you need to do just that.

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Key Points Mentioned In This Episode:

  • Lee’s super hero fantasies
  • The benefits of physical activity include:
    • increased mental capacity, disease prevention, Improved healing, Improved quality of life, Increased balance, Added longevity, Better mood, Improved immune function, Improved bone density, Mental health benefits.
  • Getting older increases our need for rest between exercise sessions. Working out 6 or 7 days a week becomes too demanding since there isn’t enough time for rest. Rest is vital to recover from workouts properly.
  • We are all individuals and our exercise should be individualized. Our triggers and motivations are all slight different, and our motivations changes as we get older.
  • Fitness is not a way of life. It IS life. Our fitness determines how much of life we can take in. Our fitness gives us the endurance, strength, balance and flexibility we need to consume life.
  • In starting an exercise routine, it is best to start off very small (beneath your expectations) and slowly work up beyond this point. The foundation you will build by doing this will be appreciated as you improve.
  • Four types of exercises:
    • Cardio, aka cardiovascular exercise, is anything that gets your heart rate up, makes you feel sweaty, and gets more oxygen pumping through your blood.
    • Strength training is any exercise that helps the different muscles in your body become stronger and more powerful.
    • Flexibility exercises are designed to increase your range of motion in your joints.
    • Balance exercises that strengthen the muscles that help keep you upright, including your legs and core.
  • Research is showing that it is especially important that older people engage in strength training. This is an essential part of any exercise routine older people.
  • Cardio should be done 3 to 4 times a week
  • Strength training should be done 2 to 3 times a week. (The audio says 4, but that is not physically practical for more older people.)
  • A bit of soreness is to be expected after strength training.
  • It is important that you learn about yourself and you grow in fitness

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