Saturday, December 27, 2014
Did you know that over 300 strokes occur on Prince Edward Island every year?
Are you a family member, caregiver or friend of a stroke survivor on Prince Edward Island.
Here is a valuable information resource for Prince Edward Islanders seeking information about recovering from stroke on Prince Edward Island.
PEI Stroke Care Model "Caregiver Handbook"
Click Here to open the "Caregiver Handbook" PDF
and Heart & Stroke's "Let's Talk About Stroke" booklet
Click Here to open the "Let's Talk About Stroke" PDF
Both of the above PDF's can be downloaded to your computer's hard drive and/or printed out on your printer as handy reference material.
Please share the link to this post with others who may need this information.
Stroke survivor since 2002
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Voiceitt is an Israeli-based technology startup whose mission is to create innovative solutions that helps aid the lives of people with disabilities. The fundamental goal of VoiceItt is to foster independence and social inclusion for the disabled and improve their quality of life. Voiceitt is currently developing Talkitt, an innovative speech technology which is able to recognize unintelligible language and translate it into understandable speech. Ultimately, Talkitt is giving individuals with speech impairments their voice back!
Until now, the approach taken by developers of assistive technology for people with speech disabilities has completely bypassed voice, opting to use other modes of communication including communication boards that replace speech with symbols and images, head-tracking, eye-tracking, and switches. There are no products on the market today that allow people with speech disabilities to communicate using the most natural means, their voice. This is the gap Talkitt is trying to fill.
TalkItt is a step forward for better social inclusion for people that suffer from motor, speech, and language disorders; allowing users to freely express themselves and be understood with speed and ease. This innovative product is based on personalized speech recognition technology, which recognizes the user's speech and translates it into understandable language that is displayed on and vocalized by the user's device. TalkItt works on mobile and wearable devices, so it is portable and easy to use and without the stigma attached to clunky, obtrusive existing solutions (AAC). People with speech disabilities will be able to speak, and have TalkItt translate for them with minimal delay. The solution can be integrated to make phone calls, use social media, and activate smart phones and assistive devices, facilitating communication and control on all levels.
We have a basic pilot, however, Talkitt is currently in its developmental stage. Listed below are links to our company website and videos of individuals using Talkitt. We are collecting funds in order to further its production. In our efforts to raise money, we have launched an indiegogo crowdfunding campaign (link provided below) and have applied to various grants. We plan on having a basic Talkitt product out within 6-8 months.
The company video: https://vimeo.com/98136263
Different examples of usage: https://vimeo.com/100643482
Orit (CP) Pilot: https://vimeo.com/98433436
Jack (ALS) Pilot: https://vimeo.com/100689671
Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/talkitt-this-is-my-voice
Monday, June 16, 2014
This is a new tool to help long term stroke survivors with their recovery after stroke. There are more than 330,000 long term stroke survivors in Canada today. We want to help survivors to become part of their communities again. We also want to help communities embrace survivors to be part of the community again. Yes, there is life after stroke and we can all benefit because there is.
"We may begin as passive participants but with work and support we can soon be active participants within our communities". - Gary, stroke survivor since 2002
Follow the 7 steps to stroke recovery, work at it every day and NEVER, EVER give up.
With thanks to the Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
To days question: Have you self published yet? No, I'm not kidding you... My stroke buddy Frank Carl has just published his third book "Blood Moon Demon" on Kindle. This is his second that was published about a year ago in May 2013. Check it out!
This short novel begins with several humerous events in my life, leading up to the discovery of a novel I began in 2001 and then packed away in 2003 after...
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
|My relationship with StrokeLink has run hot and cold since we have first met. Over the past few years we have exchanged emails and discussions about why their first app was only available on Apple and geared more toward health care professionals rather than persons who have been affected by stroke.|
My hope is that this latest app offering by StrokeLink has been directed a little more toward the many, many stroke warriors who are faced with the long road to recovery after stroke. Survivors, family members, caregivers, friends and health care professionals. Why not give it a try and let me know what you think.
I get excited every time I find a new tool that may offer help with the challenges of long term stroke recovery.
I hope you get excited too and I would love it if you would share your finds with us by posting a comment (and/or a link) to this blog... Thanks!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
|Gary center - Receiving recognition as a Provincial Library volunteer|
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
The Question: As a stroke survivor, caregiver, family member or health care professional are you concerned about where to find trustworthy health and safety information?
When given the challenge of recovering from a stroke, it’s important not to become overwhelmed with the flurry of information, tips, and guides that follow. Survivors and caregivers must sort through these readings and find the most trustworthy sources, without a clear solution on where to go first. The American Recall Center aims to make that easier.
With a focus on making medical news easy to understand, The American Recall Center offers news and safety updates on important health topics. From dangerous prescription medications to steps to avoid a potential hip replacement, our site always has the patient’s best interest in mind.
By breaking down the FDA’s jargon-filled news and updates into straightforward terms and put them in plain-language, patients can go into a doctor’s visit with knowledge and confidence to know exactly what questions matter to ask.
Another helpful offering on the site is Patient Safety Alerts, a notification system that sends personalized updates on the medications that matter to you. Simply select the drug or medical device categories relevant to you, and when the FDA releases a safety update pertaining to that category we send an update to your email. Never worry about missing news that can affect your health and save time by signing up for Patient Safety Alerts.