Strokes are a common cause of death in the United States, and they are the leading cause of disability in adults. Older adults tend to be more at risk for stroke than any other age group, though other age groups can suffer strokes as well. A stroke can lead to long-term disability, including speech problems, vision loss, memory loss, paralysis, and altered behavior.
Fortunately, catching a stroke quickly can minimize the damage done and make treatment more effective. The five signs of a stroke include the sudden and severe onset of the following:
- Numbness: Numbness or weakness on one side of the face or in an arm or leg, making it difficult to move or balance.
- Confusion: This includes disorientation, difficulty understanding speech, and difficulty speaking.
- Dizziness: Sudden and severe loss of the ability to walk, balance, or coordinate muscles due to dizziness.
- Impaired vision: A sudden reduction in the ability to see out of one or both eyes.
- Severe headache: Since a stroke occurs in the head, a sudden severe headache could indicate a stroke.
It’s important to remember that these are sudden, severe onsets of numbness, confusion, dizziness, impaired vision, and headache. Mild or ongoing instances can occur from other issues. However, if your loved one has a sudden, debilitating headache, extreme confusion, weakness on one side of the body, etc., it could be an early sign of stroke.
If you or a loved one experiences any of the above symptoms without warning, seek medical attention immediately. The sooner treatment can be administered, the better the odds of survival and full recovery. For older adults in assisted living or skilled nursing facilities, the responsibility for prompt action falls on the caretaker.
Senior Care Centers keeps a watchful eye on our residents, and we strive to do everything possible to limit the effects of stroke and other mishaps. To learn more about our services or about recognizing the signs of a stroke, contact us today.