As you head into your retirement years and beyond, your health starts to become a bigger priority. And, according to the American Heart Association, every 40 seconds, someone in the country suffers a stroke. This is why many older adults may worry about stroke and want to learn if there’s anything they can do to reduce their risk. The good news is there are several stroke prevention tips, and it’s never too late to start implementing them into your life. Even small steps — at any age — can help prevent a stroke.
A stroke is a “brain attack” and can happen to anyone, at any time. It occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off because a blood vessel gets blocked by a blood clot. How a person is affected by a stroke depends on where it occurs and how much of the brain is damaged. You might only experience temporary problems, such as weakness in your arms and legs. A larger stroke, on the other hand, can result in permanent damage like becoming paralyzed on one side of the body.
While certain factors can make you more susceptible to a stroke, such as your age and genetics, there are several things you can do today to start lowering your chance of stroke before one occurs.
While these tips can lessen your risk of stroke, it’s still important to know the signs and symptoms of this fifth-leading cause of death in the United States. The most common warning signs of stroke include:
If you find yourself in a medical emergency, it’s important to be living in a location with qualified medical staff and a way to get help quickly. At Advent Christian Village, an emergency call system is standard in every dwelling, an EMS station is located right on campus, and there is helicopter access for aerial transport to some of the best hospitals in Florida. If you are ready for independent living in a beautiful setting that offers peace of mind for your future, we welcome you to come take a tour. Contact us today to schedule a visit or to learn more about our supportive senior care services.