Tuesday, April 24, 2007

St. Vincent's Aphasia : April 28, 2007

Free Speech Therapy will be provided once a month in small focus group by graduates students in speech Language Pathology. Licensed Speech Language Pathologist will be present at all times.

Starting This Saturdays April 28, 2007
10am to 11am - Conversation -bring your own coffee
11 am to 1 pm - Small Group
1 pm to 2 pm- Support Group

Sponsored by the I.A.M. a self-help group of people with Aphasia and St. Vincent's Rehabilitation Department

Contact: Jane Krupnick, CCC-SLP Tel 347-992-6171

Sunday, April 15, 2007

About National Stroke Awareness Month

In 1989 National Stroke Association received the Presidential Proclamation recognizing May as National Stroke Awareness Month (view a copy of the proclamation). The goal of this annual campaign is to raise public awareness about stroke risk factors, prevention, symptom recognition and acting fast to treat stroke. In addition, this is a time for remembering those who have survived a stroke and to let them know that we are here for them throughout their lifelong recovery journey. Because women are uniquely affected by stroke, this year’s campaign will once again focus on “The Women in Your Life” and the impact of stroke on our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. It is also the goal of National Stroke Association to engage men to learn more about stroke, by asking them to think about the personal impact it can have on the women in their lives.

Women in Your Life Public Service Announcement
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Jack Valenti Suffers Stroke

Former Hollywood lobbyist and presidential adviser Jack Valenti has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke. Valenti, 85, had the stroke last week and remains at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore, according to a statement issued by longtime friend Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros.

"His family tells me that the doctors are encouraged by his progress," Meyer said.

No further details would be released, he said.

Valenti is the former president of the Motion Picture Association of America, where he devised the ratings system for films. He also served as an adviser to President Johnson.

With a shock of white hair, Texas drawl and cowboy boots, the diminutive Valenti was a force to be reckoned with at congressional hearings or Hollywood gatherings when he represented the motion picture industry.

Valenti was tapped to head the MPAA in 1966 by legendary Hollywood power broker Lew Wasserman.

In 1968, in the wake of cries for movie censorship, he abolished the outdated Hays Code and instituted the voluntary ratings system designed to guide parents with labels such as "G" and "R."

Valenti retired from the MPAA in 2004 and was succeeded by Dan Glickman, a former Kansas lawmaker and agriculture secretary under President Clinton.

Valenti got his start as an aide to then-Vice President Johnson. He was riding in the presidential motorcade on Nov. 22, 1963, the day President Kennedy was assassinated.

Valenti was whisked aboard Air Force One for Johnson's famous flight back to Washington, and was drafted as a special assistant to the new president.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

White House Press Secretary- JFK aide

Although his eyes twinkled at a gift of his favorite Punch Punch Cuban cigars, "his vocabulary was limited to only a few words," Stephen Salinger said from his home in Los Angeles. "That was OK, because among the few words he could still remember and words every son wants to hear. He said 'I love you.'"

"It's the first time in my life I wasn't going to receive a prognosis on the upcoming election," Stephen Salinger said.

Mrs. Salinger said her husband suffered from aphasia and was not able to speak, but otherwise was very aware of his surroundings and recognized and enjoyed the company of his friends and family.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Robert E. Lee

Illness and death
On September 28, 1870, Lee suffered a stroke that made speech impossible. Lee died from the effects of pneumonia, a little after 9 a.m., October 12, 1870, two weeks after the stroke, in Lexington, Virginia. He was buried underneath Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University, where his body remains today. According to J. William Jones' Personal Reminiscences, Anecdotes, and Letters of Gen. Robert E. Lee, his last words, on the day of his death, were "Tell Hill he must come up. Strike the tent," but this is debatable because of conflicting accounts. Since Lee's stroke resulted in aphasia, last words may have been impossible.