Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of long-term disability.
As a family caregiver, it is critical that you understand not just the importance of getting your elderly loved one the medical care that they need following a stroke, but also what you can do to help them if you notice the early warning signs of this type of emergency medical event.
You may have heard the acronym often used by the Stroke Association to describe the early warning signs of a stroke.
Written as “F.A.S.T.”, this actually contains the three primary early warning signs and the most important instruction for what you should do if you notice these signs in your aging parent. The first three letters of the acronym refer to the three early warning signs of stroke, which are facial drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulties.… Continue reading