I was delighted to be asked to speak at the opening of the Lives after Strokes Exhibition. This exhibition of paintings by people who have had strokes is running in the cafe/bar of the Edinburgh Filmhouse. Two of my grand parents suffered strokes later in their lives. They both lived with us towards the end of their lives so I have a good idea of what it is like to look after some one who has had a stroke.
The idea of the Lives after Strokes project, based in a council run Firhill Day Centre, was to assist the person in their rehabilitation back to as normal a life and level of fitness as can be managed. The standard of painting was was very high and included one in which the lady had made creative use of her wheel chair to direct the paint around the canvas. Each of the paintings has a story and I would encourage you to get along and see them for yourselves.