Seniors And Elderly: Know When It’s A Stroke

Seniors And Elderly: Know When It’s A Stroke

Posted on August 26, 2014 by ElderCare Resources in Blog, Caregiving, Education, Stroke /Stroke Symptoms

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have initiated a campaign to increase public awareness of strokes.  People over the age of 65% comprise 75% of all strokes.  To help recognize when a senior or elderly loved one is having a stoke, the campaign has developed an acronym – F.A.S.T.  Here’s how it works:

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  • F — Face drooping — Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop.
  • A — Arm weakness — Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S — Speech difficulty — Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, such as “Roses are red, violets are blue.” Are they unable to speak, or is speech slurred or garbled?
  • T — Time to call 911 — If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

You can write these symptoms down.  Keep them handy.  You can save a life!

Related: Stroke Risk: 5 Ways Stroke Can Disrupt Your Life

Related: Eight Communication Tips for Caregivers of Stroke Survivors