Seniors are unfortunately at a higher risk of certain conditions or illnesses due to their advanced age and cumulative strain on their bodies, and one such risk is a stroke. Involving blood flow to the brain being blocked or heavily reduced, strokes are dangerous events that must be treated immediately, and also very common among seniors.
At Cozy Retire, our assisted living facility staff are all trained to recognize the signs of various potential senior conditions, including strokes and related problems. We’re also happy to assist with many stroke prevention methods, many of which double as strong lifestyle choices for seniors to begin with. Let’s go over everything caregivers and loved ones of seniors need to know about recognizing and preventing strokes.
For starters, there are two distinct types of stoke to be aware of:
Certain risk factors for stroke are genetic or uncontrollable. However, many others can be managed by things like a healthy diet, regular exercise and a lack of smoking. Those with stroke risks should also avoid heavy alcohol consumption in most cases, plus should do what they can to keep extra weight, high blood pressure or related conditions away – these can increase stroke risk in many people, especially seniors.
For caregivers or any loved one who spends lots of time around a senior, it’s vital to be able to recognize signs of a stroke and act immediately if one is taking place. The FAST method is used here:
For more on preventing and recognizing signs of stroke in a senior, or to learn about any of our senior living or related services, speak to the staff at Cozy Retire today.