Seniors And Elderly: Know When It’s A StrokePosted 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:
- 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!