Research project aims to get stroke survivors moving

October 24, 2018

Dr. Ian GrahamExercise has been proven to enhance brain repair, decrease depression, maintain cognitive function and reduce frailty in stroke survivors. However, stroke survivors don’t always have access to evidence-based exercise programs in the community.

A new research project led by Dr. Ian Graham aims to change this. The $1.2 million project is funded through the Canada Brain Research Fund with financial support from Health Canada and the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery (CPSR).

Dr. Graham and his colleagues will start by examining existing exercise programs for stroke recovery across Canada. They will then consult with stroke survivors and other stakeholders, document best practices, help communities with implementation and measure success.

The project is based on Dr. Graham’s successful CAN-IMPLEMENT framework. It could benefit hundreds of thousands of Canadians currently living with stroke disabilities, and many more as stroke survival continues to increase.

“Exercise is crucial for stroke recovery, but evidence-based exercise programs are not always available for stroke survivors in the community,” said Dr. Graham, a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and professor at the University of Ottawa. “Our research aims to change this.”

See Brain Canada media release or Ottawa Citizen for details.

Team members: Mark Bayley (Co-PI), Marie-Louise Bird, Janice Eng, Michelle Ploughman, Justin Presseau, Julie Richardson, Nancy Salbach, Sharon Straus, Ada Tang, Robert Teasell.

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