The estimated 2,970 stroke survivors in Tipperary are being urged to join a series of live and recorded talks offering supports ahead of World Stroke Day.
The Irish Heart Foundation is co-ordinating a series of expert-led online talks to provide vital support to patients who need help coping with the after effects of stroke.
Before World Stroke Day on October 29, survivors, their families and healthcare professionals are invited to register for the Irish Heart Foundation talks – seven of which are live via Zoom and three of which will take place in the Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘Life after Stroke Facebook’ group.
They include discussions on secondary prevention (Oct 26), involving stroke nurses from Dublin’s Mater Hospital and focussing on medical and lifestyle methods to reduce a patient’s chances of suffering a further stroke.
A talk on October 25 offers advice on supporting a stroke patient returning home from hospital, how to navigate daily tasks and adjusting to cognitive changes.
Others focus on managing fatigue (Oct 24), mindfulness for relaxation and stress management (Oct 25) and State grants/entitlements for stroke patients (Oct 28).
Healthy eating and lifestyle advice (Oct 27) is also examined, while participants will also hear personal stories from other stroke survivors (Oct 26).
The Irish Heart Foundation is stressing the value of social interaction for stroke victims saying it affects the whole family – if people can’t meet socially, they may have lost confidence, so talks like these where people can meet others in similar situations is very empowering.
For more details and to register for the free talks, taking place between October 24-28, go to: https://irishheart.ie/news/world-stroke-day-stoke-talks-2022/.