A study in Neurology, March 31, 2015, refers to other studies that indicate stroke caregivers are also at risk for poor health outcomes (like stroke) and may benefit from primary prevention strategies. Most importantly, restrictions in social and leisure activities are associated with increased risk of depression among the chronically ill and their caregivers. These activities provide caregivers with opportunities to experience positive emotions that are essential to personal resilience. Caregivers who can maintain positive emotions may thus retain more resilience in their caregiving role. A major goal is thus finding ways to help caregivers participate in these activities, promote the caregivers’ wellbeing, and in turn facilitate stroke survivor adjustment.

Jack Florin, MD

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