Why Join a Stroke Support Group?

Stroke survivors, their families and caregivers may want to consider joining a local support group for many reasons. First, this group is a way to connect with others who share similar experiences with stroke. Socialization with others, including family and friends, is a huge part of the recovery process.

Interacting with others allows the survivor an opportunity to further work on the techniques learned in rehab, and allows the survivors an opportunity to be around others who are facing the same challenges. This builds a network of friends who will be there to mutually support one another through the years.

Secondly, the stroke support group offers educational presentations by local healthcare providers, including physicians; neurophysiologists; rehab nurses; and speech, occupational and physical therapists. These sessions are focused on the needs identified by our members.

As we have learned, the work of recovery for survivors and their families begins at the hospital; however, it must continue at home after discharge. One goal of the Mountain Empire Stroke Support Group is to be an avenue where our members may find answers to their many questions in their stroke recovery journey.

What Will I Bring to the Support Group?

Survivors will bring their personal experiences to share with others. All members are at different stages of recovery and may serve as a true inspiration to others. Survivors may share innovative information about products or techniques that they have learned through their own trial and error, which may help another member work through challenges that they are currently facing in their home or community. Survivor stories often encourage others to move forward and continue to focus on the new life in front of them.

Friend and family involvement is also strongly encouraged because the stroke has not only affected the survivor but the entire family. The support group offers an outlet for them to talk with other survivors and families and share similar experiences. Join us and see what a difference our group can make in your life and recovery.

Risk Factors

The easiest way to treat stroke is to prevent it from happening in the first place or from occurring a second time. The key is to identify and control as many risk factors as possible

Modifiable Risk Factors

  • High blood pressure
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Atrial fibrillation
    

 

 

 

 

Can you recognize the signs of a stroke? Remember F.A.S.T.

 

Stroke Facts:

  • Approximately 795,000 strokes will occur this year.
  • Approximately 55,000 more women will suffer a stroke than men.
  • The estimated direct and indirect cost of stroke for 2010 is $73.7 billion.
  • Strokes may occur regardless of age, sex or race.
  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and a major cause of admissions to long-term care facilities.

Source: National Stroke Association