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Changes in Speed of Action After a Stroke

 

Depending on which side of the brain was affected by a stroke , the way a person approaches tasks may be different than it was before the stroke.

Stroke on the left side of the brain

People who have had a stroke on the left side of the brain tend to be slow, cautious, and disorganized when they are doing unfamiliar activities. They appear anxious and hesitant, which is often quite different from the way they were before the stroke.

  • It may be helpful to offer reassurance or words of encouragement. However, don't praise someone for imaginary progress.
  • Offer praise after each step in a task. Allow time for self-correction of mistakes. If the person cannot correct the mistake, point out the error and give a hint.

Stroke on the right side of the brain

People who have had a stroke on the right side of the brain tend to be impulsive and act too quickly. They may act as if they are unaware of their problems. They often try to do things that are beyond their abilities and that may be unsafe, such as trying to walk across a room without putting on a brace and then falling as a result.

If your family member has become impulsive, gently remind him or her to slow down.

 

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Last Revised January 7, 2011

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