Portland Stroke Walk … #pdxHeartWalk

On Saturday, I volunteered for the 2017 HeartWalk in Portland Oregon. When they started,  they used to have 120 people attend.  Now, they get over 7000 people attending the walk!

This year, Jill could’t help me; she was talking care of our grand daughter Stella!  What about me? I was in charge on giving the t-shirts out to people who got over $100 in donations.

People who survived a stroke got a hat.

I REALLY enjoyed this tip from OHSU.

And our course, there was the magnet.

Want to what it WAS really like? Click on PDX HEART Walk  now.

Hey, we are speaking again!!!

Nobody likes to think about the “What If’s” in life…that’s why its good to have a plan BEFORE something bad happens.

Come listen how the Viggiano family overcame overwhelming odds and LEARN what you can do to be better prepared.

4.30 – 6.00pm ~ Thursday, May 18, 2017
Oregon Wine Reserve – 600 State St. Lake Oswego.
FREE Admission. First 50 people get an autographed copy of the book written by Gordon Viggiano and Jill Krantz Viggiano.

RSVP to save a seat with Alex Sloy 503.603.3334 or alex.sloy@primelending.com


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Elder Care and Signs of a Stroke

    Caring People Home Healthcare Agency

If you are responsible for elder care, there may come a time when you must deal with someone having a stroke. According to recent CDC data, in the United States, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death with around 800,000 people suffering a stroke every year.

It is essential that you know how to recognize the signs of stroke in the elderly and how to act. There are also several things you can do to help prevent a stroke, or help a loved one recover from a stroke.

The Effects of Stroke

If you’re already involved in elderly care, you will know that stroke is a leading cause of long-term disability. A stroke sufferer may experience:

  • The inability to eat, walk, dress, and bathe without assistance
  • One-sided paralysis
  • Have difficulty speaking

Different Kinds of Stroke

There are two main types of stroke in the elderly to be aware of:

  • Ischemic stroke – blot clots in a way that blocks arteries or impedes flow to vital organs due to the buildup of fat deposits or plaques in blood vessels. Ischemic strokes are broken down into two categories:
  1. Embolic – a blood clot forms in the body and travels through the bloodstream to lodge in the brain.
  2. Thrombolic – a clot forms in a blood vessel and causes an arterial blockage that has an impact on the brain.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke – this is caused by the sudden breakage of a blood vessel in the brain.

Elder Care and the Early Signs of Stroke

Stroke in the elderly doesn’t always come with advanced warning, but there are a few early signs to watch out for, including:

  • Lack of coordination
  • Severe headaches
  • Numbness in the limbs and face, usually on just one side of the body
  • Sudden vision problems

In addition to the above, women experience a few different symptoms to men, such as sudden:

  • Palpitations
  • Hiccups
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • General weakness

According to Penn Medicine, when it comes to elderly care, prompt action is always important, but particularly so when a stroke is suspected.

How to Prevent Stroke in the Elderly

There are several risk factors that make some people more vulnerable to stroke than others. Knowing what they are and how to lower them is important for reducing stroke in the elderly.

  • Atrial fibrillation – this is common in people over 60 and a leading risk factor of stroke. If atrial fibrillation is detected, there are ways to manage it and reduce the risk of stroke.
  • Quit smoking – smoking doubles the risk of stroke since it increases clot formation and plaque buildup. If you oversee elder care, encourage your patient to quit smoking.
  • Exercise – just two hours of moderate exercise per week can be enough to reduce a person’s stroke risk.
  • Healthy diet – healthy eating habits promote overall well-being and reduces an elderly person’s vulnerability to several acute and chronic conditions, including stroke. Try to limit solid fats, sodium, excess sugar, and refined grains.

These are just some of the ways you can reduce the risk of stroke. When it comes to elder care, prevention and fast reaction are key to helping your loved one live a fulfilling life.

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