The risk of having a stroke increases with age and a lack of mental and physical activity. Studies have shown that 70% of stroke victims are over the age of 65. Knowing the signs of a minor stroke is essential to prevent another attack, which is very common as a mini-stroke can be a warning sign of future problems. A health and wellness program can help those recovering from a minor stroke regain some strength and mental ability through yoga, meditation, and other programs.
At Southfield, our health and wellness programs can help you stay active mentally and physically to prevent future strokes. To learn more about our programs, call 855.947.3838 today to schedule a tour of our senior living community.
Recognizing the Signs of a Minor Stroke
A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is blocked for an extended time. With no blood flow to the brain, cells begin to die and can lead to debilitating side effects and death.
Symptoms of a mini-stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) usually dissipate within 24 hours. Many people do not seek medical attention as the symptoms disappear, and they think everything is fine. Just because they feel better does not mean they are in the clear.
The majority of seniors who suffer a minor stroke are at a higher risk of another stroke, often more severe than the last. To determine if a loved one had a stroke, you can look for these signs:
- Sudden numbness or weakness in arms, face, or legs. Sometimes only on one side of the body
- Trouble speaking or understanding others
- Vision problems in one or both eyes
- Dizziness or trouble walking
- Severe headache
If you know someone who is suddenly experiencing any of these symptoms, even if they no longer feel them, see your doctor immediately.
Acting F.A.S.T. to Prevent Another Stroke
It’s important to stay calm but act quickly when someone is suffering from a stroke. One way to mitigate stroke damage and prevent future strokes is by remembering to act F.A.S.T. F.A.S.T. is an acronym to help remember what to check in case someone is suffering from a stroke:
- Face – Ask them to smile. Check if one side is drooping more than the other. A stroke can affect one or both sides of your body.
- Arms – Have them raise both arms. Make sure they can raise both arms equally and do not droop. Push down on both arms to make sure one side is not weaker than the other.
- Speech – Ask them to repeat a simple phrase. “Hello. My name is….” Can they repeat it back without slurring? Are they able to follow your directions easily?
- Time – Time is critical after a stroke. The sooner you can seek medical attention, the better. Be persistent if they refuse to see a doctor.
Even if you are partially sure that a loved one has suffered a stroke, call 911 immediately or get to a hospital. A minor stroke can be a precursor to a significant medical condition and mean the difference between life and death.
Southfield: Where Senior Health and Wellness Is Our Priority
Our health and wellness program at Southfield can help keep you mentally active in our senior living community. If you have suffered a minor stroke and can still take care of yourself without assistance, our senior living facility can be the right choice for helping you recover.
Activities such as yoga, meditation, gardening, and art classes can keep you engaged with others and open you up to new activities that you would not be able to do at home. If you would like to learn more about our senior living community and our health and wellness programs, call our team at 855.947.3838 today to see how Southfield can better your life in retirement.