A New Look at a Multi-Generational Disease
Despite the common belief that stroke only occurs in the elderly, anyone can suffer a stroke at any time. In fact, while stroke has decreased in those over age 65, it has actually increased in younger Americans. By 2009, 34% of those hospitalized for stroke in the US were under age 65.
Stroke can best be described as a “brain attack” (i.e. like a heart attack but instead of cutting off blood flow to a part of the heart, blood is cut off to part of the brain). Once this occurs, brain cells in the area deprived of blood begin to die, meaning abilities controlled by that part of the brain, such as memory or muscle control, are affected. The damage done by stroke can vary (quick treatment is vital to diminish the harm), however it is also the fifth-leading cause of death in America.
Statistics show brain attacks are increasing in those under age 45, mostly due to unhealthy lifestyle choices like obesity, high cholesterol, and diabetes—all chief stroke risk factors. Even more alarming, obesity in children and teens has been on the rise, which will directly affect the average age of a stroke victim.
You may be surprised to learn one of the big differences between stroke in an older versus a younger individual is the recovery time. Younger stroke patients could lose many productive years and may require a lifetime of support. Instead of being in prime earning years, families are suddenly both without a wage earner while also needing to provide care as their loved one goes through the recovery process. Fortunately, assistance for families caring for a loved one recuperating from stroke is available.
At Home Helpers of Middle Tennessee, we understand the need to provide support for patients recovering from stroke. Our Exceptional Caregivers have been trained to provide assistance to families who are coping with complex care needs.
I invite you to contact us at 615-823-5454 to schedule a free in-home consultation to see how we can tailor a care plan that meets the unique needs of your loved one and provide you the peace of mind you deserve. Our Vision is to be the extended family when the family can’t be there by delivering the same exceptional care we would want for our own loved one.
We have a mission that matters and would love to work with you to design a plan that meets your needs and budget.