Stroke is an issue you have likely heard a considerable amount about whether you are just getting started as a family caregiver or have been caring for your senior for some time. As a family caregiver, it is important to understand the health risks your senior faces, and to know as much about them as you can so you can take the proper steps to protect your loved ones health throughout their later years. This includes recognizing when issues are truly pressing, and if they are a particular risk for your elderly loved one.
Some things you should know about strokes and how common they truly are include:
- Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States
- Each year throughout the country, more than a hundred and forty thousand people died as a result of stroke
- Among survivors, stroke is the leading cause of long term disability in the United States
- Each year more than 795,000 people experience a stroke
- Of these, 600,000 experience their first stroke, while the others experienced a second or further subsequent stroke
- Approximately 75% of strokes occur in people over the age of 65
- The risk of a stroke doubles every decade after the age of 55
Stroke is a very serious and very dangerous health issue. There are many risk factors, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and more. If you are concerned that your elderly loved one it may be at increased risk for suffering a stroke, don't hesitate to get in touch with their doctor to discuss these risks and what you can do to protect your parent. Lifestyle choices including eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise, and reducing risk, along with managing health issues they already have can greatly reduce the chances your senior will suffer a stroke.
If your elderly loved one has recently suffered a stroke, senior care can be a valuable addition to their recovery process. A senior home care services provider can step in after your senior leaves the hospital to make the transition from hospital care to being back at home smoother and more successful. The personalized services of this care provider are designed to help your parent to manage their needs and challenges, promote better health and safety, and support ongoing independence as they age in place. For a senior who has recently suffered a stroke, this can include assistance with personal care needs, mobility support, medication reminders, companionship, and more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Lockwood, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare today at 406-839-2390.