Unfortunately, there are many senior citizens who have strokes. Sometimes, these can be fatal. However, there are also many people that do survive a stroke. There are health issues that come about after the stroke, though. As a family caregiver, there are some things that you and their in-home care providers may want or need to learn about with strokes in the elderly.
What Happens with Strokes
If your elderly loved one does have a stroke, you may want to know what happened to them. You can speak with your elderly loved one’s doctor to get the specifics on their case. However, in general, when someone has a stroke, the brain cells start to die off. The cause of this is lack of oxygen to the brain due to bleeding in the brain. If your elderly loved one has survived a stroke, they will need regular care and treatment. You may even need to hire in-home care providers.
How to Prevent a Stroke
If you are currently taking care of your elderly loved one, it is important to know there are ways to prevent a stroke, as well. Some tips for stroke prevention in the elderly include:
- Improving circulation through regular exercise
- Managing diabetes (if they have this condition)
- Lowering high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure
- Eating healthier on a regular basis
If you would like more specific ways to help your elderly loved one prevent a stroke, it would be a good idea to talk to their doctor.
What Are Common Stroke Warning Signs
If you are the primary family caregiver for your elderly loved one, it would be a good idea to know about the common stroke warning signs, too. If they do have a stroke, the sooner they get treatment, the better chances they have at surviving it. Some of the common stroke warning signs include:
- Face drooping
- Difficulty speaking
- Arm weakness
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden vision issues
- Severe headache that comes on suddenly
If you notice any of these signs, make sure to dial 9-1-1 immediately. If your elderly loved one already has an in-home care provider at their house, they know to watch out for these signs, as well.
Knowledge for Family Caregivers and In-Home Care Providers
These are some of the things that you and in-home care providers may need to know about strokes in senior citizens. As a family caregiver knowing about the signs of a stroke could help to save your elderly loved one’s life. If your elderly loved one had a stroke, make sure to work with their doctor to ensure your elderly loved one is following through with a treatment plan.
Sources https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/signs_symptoms.htm https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/healthy_living.htm