When it comes to the important task of holding onto your marbles in your 50’s and beyond, pouncing immediately on hearing loss is vital.
Positive symptoms are usually reliably controlled in most schizophrenic people (assuming they can tolerate the side effects) using clozapine – an anti-psychotic medications that works in mysterious ways and even in most patients for whom the many other available drugs aren’t effective. With psychosis successfully supressed by such drug therapy, it is the negative symptoms and cognitive dysfunction that are by far the most severe impediment to a schizophrenic individual being well integrated into society and able to live a relatively normal, independent life. The biggest hope for an effective therapy in the coming few decades stems from a combination of 1) drugs that increase brain plasticity and 2) cognitive training, which together might help schizophrenic people to develop a whole host of social skills and basic mental processes that have become compromised during disease progression.
This article explains the basic difference between stroke versus haemmorhage. Many different types of disability can result when the blood supply is interrupted according to which brain areas are damaged. It is almost always possible to regain some if not all of the lost functions by training intact brain areas to take over from damaged regions through absolute dedication to hours and hours of rehabilitation exercises.