Stroke Training and Awareness Resources (STARs)


Case Study: Jane

photo portrait of woman in her late 30s

Jane is 38 and has a young family. Following a recent stroke, she has been experiencing problems with her memory.

diagram of brain highlighting temporal lobe as being responsible for memory, concentration, and attention

  • The temporal lobe drives memory, concentration, and attention.
  • Advising her to keep a diary or a notebook can help with memory problems. However, you first need to find out more about Jane’s memory problems.
  • Whilst it is important for Jane to feel that you empathise with her problems, this will not help Jane to improve her memory.
  • Advising her that this is a common effect of stroke and she should accept it may be true, but this will not help Jane to improve her memory.
  • Exploring with Jane what memory problems she is experiencing is helpful as you can ask Jane to describe how her memory problems are affecting her and encourage her to give examples of these problems.
  • Click here to continue with short-term memory.

Page last reviewed: 30 Jan 2020