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How to manage changes in cognition (thinking)

Cognition refers to how we know things and how we think.

Cognitive difficulties are not as easy to recognize as physical problems after stroke. Even though changes in cognition may be more difficult to notice, they can make doing simple activities or daily tasks difficult. Research shows neuroplasticity in the brain is possible so your skills can improve over time.

It is important not to confuse changes in your cognition after stroke with dementia. If you are unsure it is important to talk to your healthcare team about these changes so that you can learn and apply the right strategies to help you do the things you need and want to do.

 

What type of cognitive issues are common after stroke?

Below are types of cognitive issues a person can experience after a stroke and some strategies that can help to manage these changes.