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Effects on everyday activities

  • Your stroke may affect how you think, move, feel, or a combination of these ways. Changes after your brain injury may be short-term or long-lasting. Changes may range from mild to severe.

    Your changes will depend on:

    • the area of your brain affected by the injury
    • how bad your injury is (from mild to severe)

    Some everyday activities may be more difficult or may not be safe for you. Your brain injury may affect your ability to:

    • eat
    • bathe
    • get dressed
    • use the toilet
    • do housework
    • cook
    • use the phone
    • handle money
    • write
    • speak
    • coordinate your body movements
    • drive or get around the community
    • take care of children
    • interact with other people
  • Source: Allina Health Patient EducationUnderstanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
    Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts
    First published: 02/01/2006
    Last reviewed: 05/01/2018

  • Tip

    Your stroke and recovery are unique to you. You may have one or more changes that affect your ability to do everyday activities.

    Talk with your health care provider about your changes and recovery.


    Some everyday activities may be dangerous.

    Ask your health care provider what activities are no longer safe for you and how to live a healthy lifestyle.

    Your health care provider may want you to keep track of the activities that are and are not safe for you to do during your recovery.