Research improved stroke survivors’ lives

Published Oct 23 2018

To the Editor

Monday Oct. 29 is World Stroke Day. This year’s theme is “Up Again After Stroke.” Stroke is a leading cause of death around the world. There are 80 million survivors worldwide and 50 million permanently disabled.

However due to extensive research in many areas of stroke the understanding of the need of immediate rehabilitation and the studies re: causes of stroke more survivors are leading lives to the best of their ability. Caregivers are being recognized as in need of support to prevent caregiver burnout! Go to the World Stroke Day website to read stories of stroke survivors. Eg. “His stroke changed our life but not our love” “Stroke tried to pull us down but we got up again” “His stroke disrupts his balance but we’re still head over heels.”

The Haliburton Highlands Stroke Support Group is a fun bunch of stroke survivors and caregivers who meet the third Thursday of each month 10 a.m. to noon to share their stories encourage each other in their journey hear speakers on health issues do brain exercises  (quizzes games etc.) and exercise according to their ability. We meet in Hyland Crest Seniors Residence Minden in the Fireside Lounge wheelchair accessible. We are raising the Stroke Recovery Flag March of Dimes Canada on Friday Oct. 26 at  10 a.m. to fly until Oct. 29 at the Minden Municipal Township Office. Join us to help celebrate World Stroke Day.

Lois Rigney

Chair of the Haliburton Highlands Stroke Support Group