Living Longer, Living Better
If you saw someone who looked sick, would you have the confidence to ask if they felt alright?
Would you know if they were having a stroke?
Merry Jo Escher was a trained first responder but didn't recognize the symptoms she was experiencing.
I was in complete denial because of my age. It was the last thing on my mind." – Merry Jo Escher, stroke survivor
Merry Jo was saved by the actions of a friend she now calls her guardian angel.
Miracle? We think so
Watch the video below to see Jim Woods and his family describe his amazing comeback from a stroke.
For many, having a stroke can have devastating, if not fatal, consequences.
When Jim Woods, 93, had a massive stroke, he was not expected to live.
Signs of stroke
Where your health is concerned, knowledge is power. This is especially true when it comes to a stroke.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States, killing about 140,000 Americans each year — that’s 1 of every 20 deaths.
While a stroke may not always be preventable, there are steps you can take to lower your risk of having one. And, in the event of a stroke, knowing the signs and acting quickly can lessen its effects.
Check out the infographic here to learn more about the risk factors for stroke and the BE FAST method for recognizing the symptoms of a stroke. Consider printing and sharing this information with caregivers and loved ones in your life.
Therapy and its timing play a key role in stroke recovery.
"It's critical, it's incredibly important that a candidate receive therapy as soon as possible after their stroke," says speech and language pathologist Elizabeth Ballone.
There is a recovery window when therapy is most effective. Watch the video for details.
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