What is Strike Out Stroke Month?

Elder Care in Raleigh NC

Elder Care in Raleigh NC

May is Strike Out Stroke Month, where many organizations make a big effort to raise awareness and educate people on strokes. When blood flow to the brain is blocked, it can cause brain cells to die, leading to disability and sometimes death. Early medical help is critical but too many people don’t know what to do if they suspect a stroke is happening.

By teaming up with major and minor league baseball teams throughout the month of May, Strike Out Stroke organizers can educate thousands across the country. It’s the perfect time for family caregivers and elderly adults to learn more about what to do during a stroke. This important health information may just save a life and minimize the impact of the side effects of a stroke.

Strokes and Elderly Adults

More than 800,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year, and the majority are elderly adults. With a stroke, an elderly person runs the risk of physical disability, brain damage and even death. Because strokes can happen suddenly and without warning, the first few minutes of a stroke are critical when it comes to getting medical help. However, too many family caregivers and elderly adults don’t know the early signs and symptoms of a stroke, delaying treatment.

Strokes can be quite debilitating, and many seniors go from independent living before to requiring in-home assistance from family members and elder care providers. Strokes can affect how an aging adult does all kinds of daily tasks, from bathing, dressing and toileting to driving, preparing meals and even communicating. More immediate medical attention can have a serious impact on how the stroke effects the body.

Spreading the Word About F.A.S.T.

A big part of the Strike Out Stroke campaign is educating family caregivers, elder care providers and the seniors themselves on how to recognize that a stroke is happening so they can call 911 right away. To help people remember what to check, organizers developed the acronym F.A.S.T. to guide them. Here’s what the letters mean:

  • F=Face. Caregivers should the elderly person’s face as they try to smile. If one side isn’t responding and can’t make the smile, it could be a sign of a stroke.
  • A=Arms. A stroke interferes with a person’s body control, so family members and elder care providers should see if they can raise their arms up above the head. If they cannot do so on one side, that is a warning sign for a stroke
  • S=Speech. Elder care providers and family members should test the aging person’s speech. If they are slurring words, stuttering or forgetting phrases, they may be having a stroke.
  • T=Time. If any of the previous symptoms are present, family caregivers and elder care providers should not waste time in calling 911. Faster response to a stroke could make a big difference in severity as well as recovery.

With so many Americans suffering from strokes each year, it’s wonderful that many dedicated organizations are combining to promote Strike Out Stroke Month in May. The information they share may just make the difference in someone’s life if they or their loved one has a stroke.

Source:

https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/2010/05/strike-out-stroke

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN RALEIGH, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.

Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).

Why is a Cranky Attitude a Potential Warning Sign Regarding Your Dad’s Health?

Elder Care in Raleigh NC: Why is a Cranky Attitude a Potential Warning Sign Regarding Your Dad’s Health?

Elder Care in Raleigh NC: Why is a Cranky Attitude a Potential Warning Sign Regarding Your Dad’s Health?

Your dad is frequently grumpy. He gets irritated with other drivers, neighbors, friends, and family members. Little things seem to set him off. It’s not uncommon for seniors to be more irritable. It can also mean there is something wrong.

Change in Hormone Levels

As they age, men’s testosterone levels change. Testosterone levels decrease. It can lead to irritability and anger in some men. Some medical specialists have given this condition a name – Irritable Male Syndrome.

With the lower testosterone levels, cortisol levels can also increase. Cortisol is a stress hormone. Excessive stress may increase the irritability. Your dad should talk to his doctor to rule out underlying health issues. There are treatments that can help improve your dad’s mood.

Effect of Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s worsens, a senior can become easily frustrated. This can lead to angry outbursts and irritability. Mood swings come and go, so family caregivers should learn to support when needed and take breaks to keep from burning out.

Side Effects of Medications

The side effects of some medications include irritability and moodiness. Some cold and allergy medications can make it hard to sleep, which increases the risk of irritability. Some patients find their mood changes when taking beta blockers and certain antidepressants.

Sign of Depression

Irritability is a symptom of depression. As depression is a health condition seniors face, you should watch your dad. Depression can also lead to difficulty sleeping, a lack of interest in things your dad once loved to do, and withdrawal from his friends and family. Seek professional help if you think your dad could be depressed.

A Symptom of a Urinary Tract Infection

Most people think of a urinary tract infection and think of pain and burning when they try to urinate. They may think of going to the bathroom and feeling an urgent need to go again immediately after. In some seniors, symptoms of a UTI include irritability and agitation. If your dad is suddenly irritable, call his doctor to have a UTI ruled out.

If the irritability comes and goes, your dad could simply be having a bad day. He might be frustrated with his situation, too. He may be lonely and not sure how to express it. Elder care services are a way to ensure socialization is something your dad doesn’t miss. Caregivers can take him to stores and senior centers. Learn more by calling us today.

IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED-ONE ARE CONSIDERING ELDER CARE IN RALEIGH, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT SENIORS HELPING SENIORS TODAY. CALL (919) 761-5346.

Kathy is a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) who is active in several other senior related organizations, including Alzheimer’s State Champion program, Friends of the Northern Wake Senior Center board member, Ambassador for the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce, Aging Life Care Association (ALCA), Health Affairs Round Table (HART), and Senior Information Networking Group (SING).