Recognize Stroke: Think FAST
According to the National Stroke Association
, there are approximately 80,000 strokes occurring each year in the United States. To put this in perspective, someone has a stroke every forty seconds. Strokes aren't confined to old age as commonly believed. The BBC
has reported new research indicating a rise in incidences affecting people as young as 40-54.
One in six people will die when a stroke occurs. The other five can face permanent impairments. Getting quick medical attention increases your chances for a better recovery. Learn to recognize the signs using the easy-to-remember acronym, FAST. If someone you love has suffered a stroke, visit How to Communicate With a Stroke Survivor on our blog for helpful tips about overcoming the changes caused by memory loss, paralysis, or vision problems.
Depression May Double Risk of Stroke
Depression takes a toll on the body. Reuters Health
reports that it may increase risk of stroke by as much as 100%.
Chronic depression that lasts as long as four years shows a correlation to the highest risk increase, which does not diminish fully until two years after the depression has been resolved. If you suspect you or a loved one may be dealing with something more than transitional sadness, see Spotting the Warning Signs of Depression
on Brenda's Blog.
Video Game Explores Alzheimer's
When Alzheimer's strikes a loved one, we struggle to come to terms with all the things we don't want to face. Like the fact this person we love will be erased bit by bit. We sift through the symptoms and the stages, renaming each one: Heart-breaking. Expensive. Frustrating. Limiting. Frightening. Maybe even impossible. These are the symptoms for Alzheimer's...for us. But what does it feel like to be locked inside Alzheimer's? A new video game, Forget-Me-Knot, allows players to understand what it's like to look through the eyes of dementia.
Female Specific Stroke Symptoms
A recent national survey by Ohio State University has found that many women view strokes as a man's disease. Not only that, most women are completely unaware of the risk factors and symptoms of stroke that are unique to women--for instance, hiccups with a little chest pain. If this surprises you, check out the Medical Xpress
article to learn more about symptoms and special risks for women.
Brenda Critell, President / CEO
Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
A native of Boise, Idaho and a 4th generation Idahoan. Brenda founded Assisting Angels Home Care in 2006.
Skip Critell, VP/COO
Director of Operations and Community Liaison for the Treasure Valley
About Assisting Angels Home Care
Serving the state of Idaho, Assisting Angels Home Care, Inc. has been providing personalized care at home with supporting services since 2006. Assisting Angels uses certified personnel for supervision and monitoring of all direct services, has no minimum requirement for hours for accepting clients, and does not charge separately for travel to and from the job location. All employees are bonded and insured. Complete screening and thorough background checks are performed prior to any person having contact with one of our clients or patients. Assisting Angels provides a wide spectrum of personalized in-home care services, including live-in care, general homemaker, personal care, and private duty nursing for all ages.
Visit www.AssistingAngels.biz or call 208.344.7979 (Boise) for more information.