While strokes can occur at any age, seniors are at an increased risk for lasting side effects of stroke. If you’re a family caregiver, one way that you can help ensure that your loved one has the best chance of an efficient recovery in the case of a stroke is to seek immediate medical attention. To help ensure you’re able to recognize as stroke as it’s happening, the senior care experts at Scottsdale Home Care present five common symptoms of senior stroke.
1. Numbness on One Side
Sudden numbness, weakness, or paralysis in the face, arms, and legs on one side of your loved one’s body is a sign of a stroke. If you suspect something is wrong, ask your senior relative to raise his or her arms. If your loved one can’t lift one arm or one arm hangs lower than the other, or his or her face droops on one side, seek emergency assistance.
2. Severe Headaches
During a stroke, the blood clot cuts off oxygen to parts of the brain and can cause a sudden severe headache. While an occasional headache is normal, take note if your loved one experiences the rapid onset of a headache. Headaches caused by stroke are characterized by severe pressure and a throbbing sensation.
3. Difficulty with Communication
If your senior relative is experiencing a stroke, he or she may have difficulty communicating. This difficulty may include confusion, slurred words, difficulty in getting sounds out, and not being able to understand others. When a senior who is normally articulate or verbal is suddenly unable to answer simple questions or even articulate names without sounding slurred or garbled, a stroke is a likely cause.
4. Sudden Vision Problems
Sudden blurry vision or difficulty seeing is a common sign of oxygen being cut off to the optic nerve in the brain. These types of vision problems can occur in one or both eyes depending on where the cut off is. If your elderly loved one experiences a rapid change in vision, he or she may be having a stroke.
5. Coordination Problems
Sudden difficulty with coordination and balance may be caused by a lack of oxygen to the cerebellum. Problems with walking, dizziness, loss of balance, lack of coordination, and loss of muscle control can all be signs that a stroke is cutting off the blood flow to part of the brain.
If your elderly loved one is recovering from a stroke, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our Scottsdale stroke recovery caregivers are expertly trained to provide in-home assistance to senior stroke survivors to help promote an efficient recovery. To ask questions about our care services and to schedule a free in-home consultation, dial (480) 771-2710 and ask to speak with a knowledgeable Care Manager.