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September 25, 2018
Nearly 800,000 people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year. And according to the American Heart Association, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds. It should should be of no surprise then that stroke is the leading cause of long-term disability. But did you know it’s also considered the leading preventable cause of disability?
Uncontrollable factors such as age, family history, and gender all increase your risk for stroke. However, the majority of strokes are the result of lifestyle factors which can be controlled. In fact, it’s estimated that up to 80 percent of strokes could be prevented through better management of chronic conditions and by making better lifestyle choices.
Here are 6 ways seniors can decrease their risk of stroke:
While there is no sure way to prevent a stroke, it’s important that seniors recognize the signs of a stroke, because when it comes to treatment, minutes matter. Some strokes happen gradually, but generally include one or more sudden symptoms such as:
Many recommend remembering the signs of stroke by using the FAST test:
Again, when it comes to stroke, minutes matter. If you see these symptoms in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to seek medical help as soon as possible. Doing so can limit damage to the brain and potentially save you or your loved one’s life.
At Franciscan Ministries, we strive to help our residents stay healthy through wellness programs and nutritious dining options. However, for seniors who have suffered a stroke, our assisted living communities are ready to provide the long-term support and assistance needed to maintain their independence and stay active. Contact us today to learn more about our community options and to learn more about how we’re helping seniors stay happy and healthy at every age.