This session explores some of the challenges faced by informal carers and the impact that caring for a stroke survivor might have on their life. It also showcases good practice examples of carer support and how to implement them.
Carlo Semenza – is Professor Emeritus, formerly Professor of Psychobiology and Neuropsychology, at the University of Padova, Italy and a registered psychotherapist and psychologist.
He has a special interest in lexical semantics and the retrieval processes, studied through the observation of specific aphasic conditions and the influence of language and number processing on selective attention to space and has published over 300 papers in peer-reviewed journals.
Carlo is affiliated to the International Neuropsychology Society, International Neuropsychology Symposium, Academy of Aphasia and Member of the Academia Europaea.
Carla Mendes Pereira
Carla Mendes Pereira – is a lecturer at the Institute Polytechnic of Setubal, Portugal. Her PhD was on the research area of adaptation after stroke from the perspective of people who have suffered a stroke, their carers and health professionals.
Her research interests are neurorehabilitation after stroke, particularly on the impact and emotional changes after stroke, the immediate and long-term needs of both survivors and family members and on the process of goal setting in stroke rehabilitation.
Carla is a member of the Neurological Group of the Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists.
Jana Dobrkovská – has been the Director of Cerebrum – Association of People with acquired Brain Injuries in the Czech Republic since 2018.
Her early career was in the commercial and service industries before she moved in to health and science in 2015 after changing her personal approach to priorities in life.