POSTIVE  FUTURE

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HELLO I AM STEVE A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN I  HAD MY STROKE I WAS  UNABLE TO DO ANYTHING  I  FELT USELESS WEEK AND A BURDEN  ON MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS .

The goal is to restore as much independence as possible. Every person is different, and so is every stroke. Many people regain some or all of their ability to take care of themselves. Those who get clot-busting drugs soon enough after their stroke may recover completely. And people whose abilities are changed by a stroke can often learn ways to adapt through therapies to help with movement, everyday tasks, and communication.

Common Issues

Whether a stroke causes long-term effects depends on how severe it was, where in the brain it struck, and how quickly the stroke got treated. After a stroke, many people have physical problems such as numbness in the arms or legs and trouble with walking, vision, swallowing, talking, or understanding. These issues may be permanent, but not always. Rehabilitation is key for regaining lost skills and adapting to damage that can't be undone.

PT and OT

Muscle weakness, as well as balance problems, are very common after a stroke. This can affect walking and other daily activities. Physical therapy (PT) helps you regain strength, balance, and coordination. For fine motor skills, such as using a knife and fork, writing, and buttoning a shirt, occupational therapy (OT) can help.

Speech Therapy

Some people have trouble speaking after a stroke. For them, speech and language therapy is key to regaining as much of that ability as possible. A speech therapist can also help if someone has trouble swallowing.

Talk Therapy

A lot of stroke survivors and their loved ones feel difficult emotions, including anxiety and sadness. You don’t have to deal with that alone, especially if it starts to affect your daily life. A psychologist or mental health counselor can help you manage these emotions and watch for signs of depression, which is common after a stroke -- and can be treated.

Preventing Another Stroke

After a stroke or TIA, avoiding another one is a top priority. While your risk is higher than someone who’s never had a stroke, that risk drops over time -- and there are things that help lower that risk. Medication, healthier habits and, for some people, surgery may be part of your doctor’s recommendations.

Medications

After a stroke, if you have conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, or heart disease, your doctor will prescribe medication to treat them. People at high risk may need to take anti-platelet medicines, such as aspirin, to help prevent blood clots. Some people may need anti-clotting drugs, such as warfarin.

What to Check

Taking your medication is key. But so are these things:

  • Exercise. If you have your doctor's permission, slowly add more active time to your day. And cut down on time spent sitting.

  • Weight. Ask your doctor what habits will help you be your healthiest at any size, and discuss whether weight loss is part of that.

  • Tobacco. If you smoke, make it a priority to quit.

A healthier diet is also a big part of lowering your risk.

Food Shifts

Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, nuts, and low-fat dairy products. Cut back on saturated fat (found mainly in animal products but also in coconut and palm oils), salt, and added sugar.

MIND Diet

It’s like a cross between the traditional Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet, and it includes vegetables, berries, fish, beans, nuts, whole grains, poultry, olive oil, and a little bit of red wine. Eating this way may help slow down a decline in mental skills after a stroke, according to a study of 106 stroke survivors.

Carotid Artery Surgery

Some strokes are due to narrowed carotid arteries, which are on both sides of the neck and bring blood to the brain. People who’ve had a mild stroke or TIA for this reason may be candidates for carotid endarterectomy. The surgeon removes plaque from the lining of the carotid arteries. Ask your doctor about the risks, benefits, and recovery, which may take several weeks.

Balloon and Stent

Doctors can sometimes treat a clogged carotid artery without major surgery. A procedure called angioplasty involves guiding a catheter to the carotid artery and inflating a tiny balloon to widen the narrowed area. A metal tube, called a stent, can be inserted and left in place to keep the artery open. You’ll likely stay in the hospital for a night and get back to your usual activities in a few days.

THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT

Tackling fatigue after stroke Stroke Association-funded research is paving the way for new treatments for fatigue after stroke – one of the least understood but most common effects of stroke. While exercise and hobbies are good for our health, for many stroke survivors, the impacts of stroke can make these hard. Fatigue after stroke can make you feel you lack energy or strength and feel constantly tired. It’s different to typical tiredness because it doesn’t always improve with rest. And because the intensity of the tiredness doesn’t seem to be related to the severity or type of stroke, it’s very hard

Making daily life easier

Whether you need help bathing, getting around or cooking, aids and adaptations can make everyday tasks easier.How do I access daily living equipment? Before you leave hospital, an assessment should be done to find out if you need aids and adaptations. This may involve an occupational therapist or physiotherapist visiting your home. If you need equipment, it should be provided by the time you leave hospital. If you get home and find you need aids and adaptations, contact your local council and ask for adult social care. They’ll arrange an assessment of your care support needs. Do I have to pay? Most equipment will be loaned to you for free by the NHS or your local council, for as long as it’s needed. Any adaptations to your home which cost less than £1,000 (including fitting costs) will also be carried out for free. Major adaptations are not covered. However, help from adult social care is means-tested and you might be eligible for a grant. Where can I find aids and adaptations? Find what equipment could best suit your needs on Equip Stroke: asksara.dlf.org.uk or your nearest mobility centre: assist-uk.org/ centre-detailsor see our factsheet at stroke.org.uk/equipment

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EXMOUTH STROKE SURVIVORS  AS SEEN PEOPLE COME AND PEOPLE GO .PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS HAVE COME THROUGH THE DOORS ..

WE HAVE NOW HAVE EVENTS EVERYWEEK .SPEAKERS . ART .TRIPS .

WHATS NEW AT EMOUTH  STROKE SURVIVORS  

FIRSTLY  THE CLUB IS AWAY NEXT WEEK FROM MON -FRIDAY .

FROM MONDAY JUNE 13TH THE CLUB WILL START MEETING AT LED LESUIRE FOR SWIMMING SEATED EXERCISE CARDIO AND MUCH MORE TIME WILL BE  BE 2PM -3.30 AND WEDNESDAYS ARE NORMAL MEETINGS AT BIDMEAD  COMMUITY CENTRE  10.30-12.30  

LUNCH 

WE ARE NOW SERVING FOOD AT STROKE CLUB

 

WEDNESDAY 1ST JUNE 

SADDLERS 

WEDNESDAY 8TH JUNE 

ROAST BEEF OR  ROAST CHICKEN