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Effects of stroke: Everyday activities

Your stroke can affect you physically and emotionally.

Changes after your stroke may be mild or severe. Changes may be brief or long-lasting. This depends on the area of your brain affected by the stroke and how extensive the damage is.

Doing everyday activities

You may now find that doing everyday activities may be difficult. These may include:

  • eating
  • bathing
  • getting dressed
  • using the toilet
  • doing housework
  • using the telephone
  • driving
  • handling money
  • writing
  • speaking
  • coordinating your body movements.


Source: Allina Patient Education, Understanding Stroke: Information about Stroke and Recovery, fourth edition, ISBN 1-931876-13-4

First published: 02/01/2006
Last updated: 12/09/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Patient Education experts