As certain health conditions are more likely to affect seniors, it’s important for family members and caregivers to be familiar with the primary symptoms of these conditions. If you have an elderly loved one, knowing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can ensure he or she receives immediate medical treatment. To make sure you have the information you need to recognize a stroke as it’s happening, learn about the following five common stroke symptoms.
1. Loss of Basic Motor Skills
Strokes can cause sudden and unexplained dizziness as well as ataxia, which is a loss of muscle coordination due to brain damage. If your loved one experiences difficulty walking or performing nonstrenuous physical activity, is stumbling, falling, or appears to be in a drunken state, he or she may be having a stroke.
Stroke recovery can be a long and challenging process. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.
2. Difficulty Speaking or Comprehending
Strokes can make seniors slur their speech, speak nonsensically, or talk in irregular speech patterns. Alternatively, your loved one may have difficulty grasping simple phrases, questions, or instructions. Such confusion may also include sudden and extensive memory loss.
3. Sudden Weakness on One Side of the Body
A senior having a stroke may suddenly lose strength or feeling in the arms, legs, face, or a combination of all three, on one side of the body. This weakness can vary from mild numbness to complete loss of feeling and can lead to difficulty holding objects, limbs trembling during nonstrenuous movements, and slurred speech as a result of weak facial and tongue muscles.
Stroke is just one of the many medical conditions older adults are susceptible to. There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care service. Rhode Island families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place.
4. Loss of Vision
Strokes block the flow of oxygen to the brain, affecting the optic nerve and fibers and leading to visual impairment. Your loved one may experience sudden blurred or double vision, lose parts of his or her field of vision, or become suddenly blind in one or both eyes.
5. “Lightning Bolt” Headache
Headaches that come on strong and without cause may be a sign of strokes in the elderly. Your loved one may experience disorientation or vomiting from the sudden onset of the headache. Many senior stroke survivors report feeling as though a bolt of lightning struck them when their headaches started.
Recovering from a stroke can make it difficult to manage daily tasks independently. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Rhode Island seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers. Call us at (401) 284-0979 today to talk to one of our compassionate Care Managers about our high-quality home care services.