A woman uses hand weights during her exercise routine, one of a number of stroke prevention tips for older adults.

Suffering a stroke is only the first step in a series of challenges. The resulting effects from a stroke can linger long-term. In fact, the National Institute on Aging lists stroke as the leading cause of disability in older adults in the U.S.

As with any other serious medical condition, prevention is essential.

Stroke Prevention Tips

The good news is that there are many proactive strategies that can help to prevent a stroke, including:

  • Managing diabetes. Diabetes, when not properly managed, can harm blood vessels and narrow arteries, which can result in a stroke.
  • Routinely exercising. The doctor can offer specific recommendations and guidelines on the best workout program for the older adult.
  • Following a healthy diet plan. Incorporate foods that are low in cholesterol and fat, including plenty of vegetables and fruit, into each meal.
  • Quitting—or never starting—smoking. Smoking dramatically increases the risk of a stroke.
  • Watching blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Hypertension and high cholesterol levels can lead to cardiovascular disease and/or stroke.

These changes in lifestyle can go a long way towards minimizing the possibility of a stroke, and can also help prevent a second stroke if the person has already experienced one.

What Are the Signs of a Stroke?

If, in spite of taking the steps outlined above, a person does have a stroke, it’s important to know the signs and to act right away. Time is of the essence, and getting immediate medical care can be lifesaving.

Signs of a stroke include:

  • Sudden dizziness, loss of balance and coordination, or trouble walking
  • Sudden vision problems
  • Drowsiness
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, especially in the arm, leg, or face
  • Difficulty talking
  • Confusion
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • A severe headache that develops for no known reason

What Will the Stroke Recovery Process Involve?

Stroke recovery starts with rehabilitation. This may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, and/or speech therapy, depending on how the person has been impacted.

  • A physical therapist can help the person recover basic skills such as walking, sitting, standing, and transitional activities.
  • An occupational therapist helps retrain individuals in activities of daily living that may have been compromised, such as preparing meals, getting dressed, eating, drinking, taking a shower, etc.
  • A speech therapist supports the recovery of speaking as well as understanding what others are saying.

The goal of these rehabilitative therapies is to help the person boost independence and self-sufficiency.

The Role of Home Care

A home care agency, like At-Home Care Company, is a fundamental element of both helping a person prevent a stroke and assisting with a stroke survivor’s recovery. Our services are highly customized to each individual’s needs, and can include:

  • Running errands, such as picking up groceries and prescriptions
  • Motivating the individual to stick to a doctor-approved exercise program
  • Transportation and accompaniment to medical appointments and any other desired outing
  • Providing medication reminders
  • And much more

Contact us today to learn how an in-home caregiver from At-Home Care Company can enhance wellness and safety for someone you love. You can reach us any time at 515-292-2650. We’re happy to offer care throughout Huxley, Story City, Ames, and the nearby areas.