Dad’s stroke left him (84) with balance problems and difficulty speaking clearly enough for others to understand him. He lives with us; I’m trying to help him recover and help my family adjust to being caregivers. All I’ve accomplished so far is to let him run me ragged 24 hours a day and develop high blood pressure. If I don’t find a way to cope, I’m afraid I’ll have my own stroke.
- Bob, Stuart
Start with these four steps: 1.) Recognize you are not alone. Seniors account for 75% of the estimated 795,000 Americans who suffer a stroke annually. 2.) Ask dad’s physician for a rehabilitation program run by stroke specialists. The earlier rehabilitation begins the more likely survivors are to regain lost abilities and skills. Physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy (feeding, dressing, etc.) may improve dad’s function and decrease his dependence on you. 3.) Look into daycare so dad can socially interact with peers during the day and give you time for your family and yourself. 5.) Call 772-287-5200 to learn new skills at the nearest Martin Memorial Hospital stroke support group.
Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
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