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The effects of a stroke can make it difficult for the person to perform activities of daily living (eg dressing, feeding, bathing, tying shoes etc.).

Mobility can vary widely, depending on the severity of the stroke and its location, along with the person's general level of health.

Within a few days or weeks after a stroke some people develop spasticity in the part of the body affected by the stroke.

This can impact on their functional recovery.

After a stroke, some people experience language deficits (aphasia and dysarthria) that significantly impair their ability to communicate.

At least 40 per cent of stroke survivors will initially experience some difficulty swallowing, although for many people it improves quite quickly.

Last Updated: 06 February 2015