Over 75-percent of all strokes happen in individuals over 65. Artery blockages cause the majority of strokes, but strokes can also happen when an artery ruptures although it’s far less common. Regardless of the type of stroke, immediate medical attention will afford the best chance for full recovery. Bridgewater post-stroke care provider Home Care Assistance cannot stress enough how crucial it is for caregivers and family members alike to know the signs of stroke.
Numbness or Weakness
It may be difficult to know if your senior loved one feels numb or weak, but watch for his or her mouth looking crooked or uneven. One side of the face might droop when he or she tries to smile, their eyes might droop, or they might have difficulty moving or raising their arms.
When your loved one tries to speak, speech might be slurred or garbled. He or she might also have difficulty understanding what you’re saying. Chances are they won’t be able to follow directions and might not be able to say certain words. Some seniors suffering a stroke can’t speak at all.
Your senior loved one might have blurry vision, double vision, or be unable to look to the right or left. Since there is no way for you to know for sure if his or her vision is blurry, look for signs like stumbling or walking into things, falling down, or being unable to write.
While headaches are fairly common in the general population and don’t necessarily point to a stroke, sudden and intense headaches accompanied by facial pain, a stiff neck, and vomiting might indicate a hemorrhagic stroke.
Although stroke can affect anyone, a healthy diet and physical activity can help reduce the risk. Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Bridgewater to find a caregiver who can ensure your senior loved one is staying healthy and active even when you can’t be present. Our caregivers use the Balanced Care Method, which emphasizes physically activity, healthy diet, social stimulation, and maintaining purpose. We are available 24/7 and will never ask you to sign a long-term contract. Call us today at (908) 450-9400 to schedule your free in-home consultation.