It is estimated that 150,000 people suffer a stroke every year in Britain, and around half are left with disabilities. While it isn’t possible to recover the parts of the brain damaged by the stroke, you can ‘rewire’ it so other parts take over.
David Roland, a clinical psychologist working in Australia, had a stroke in 2009. He was left with extensive cognitive problems, but was determined to use his academic background to find out the best routes back to health.
“In a cognitive sense, it’s true I am not back to where I was – I had a good memory and sharp analytical skills.
“But I have come a long way and in other senses, I am well ahead of where I was – in my ability to deal with life’s difficulties.”
Here is what David tried alongside medical treatments to help his recovery:
There are lots of brain training programmes and apps you can try on your computer or device. David...