Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)

Leisure: Scenario – Mr McGuire


Within life individuals build their life around three main spheres; work and family, leisure and self-care/activities of daily living (ADL) 1. When we retire, time allocated to the work sphere drops substantially and more time is therefore available for leisure activities. Unfortunately a stroke may influence the quality and quantity of these activities and this case scenario is going to focus on this important aspect of life.

Leisure is “an activity chosen primarily for its own sake after the practical necessities of life have been attended to” 2


1 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (1997). Enabling Occupation: An occupational therapy perspective. Ottowa, Ontario: CAOT Publications
2 Drummond A. Leisure activity after stroke. Int Disabil Studies 1991; 12: 157-160
3 Nour K, Impact of a home leisure educational program for older adults who have had a stroke (home leisure educational program). Therapeutic Recreation Journal. 08 Dec, 2009

  • Gardening
  • Sport (swimming, walking, dancing, etc)
  • Reading
  • Watching TV
  • Crosswords
  • Listening to music
Social Leisure
  • Friends/neighbours
  • Church
  • Activities with family
  • Volunteer societies

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