A recent study by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) revealed that 63 percent of individuals who had a stroke functioned poorly in several areas. The study indicates that people who had a stroke need more than the typical type of care offered to the elderly who did not suffer an attack.
Most elderly care service providers understand that aging adults need optimum care, particularly those who are ill. Caregiving is a need for older adults but the AAN study shows that patients who suffered from stoke may need twice, or even thrice, the care provided for the elderly.
A Struggle with Physical and Social Functions
The American Academy of Neurology conducted the study involving 1,195 people who had an ischemic stroke. A person suffers from ischemic stroke if a blockage anywhere along the arteries cuts off the blood supply to a part of the brain.
The researchers found that those stroke patients had it considerably worse in almost every area (except for depression and sleep) than people in the general population. Sixty-three percent of the respondents physically functioned worse than the general population. A stroke normally impairs the physical functions of individuals. Either they have trouble walking, or they can no longer move parts of their face, arm, or leg, on one side of the body.
Also, 58 percent of the people who suffered from an attack admitted to having trouble fulfilling their social roles and participating in social activities. Nearly 46 percent also had problems with their cognitive skills involving executive function, planning, or organizing.
Double or Triple the Care
The AAN researchers made it clear that seniors who suffered from stroke need more care than those who didn’t suffer an attack. More than the typical symptoms of aging, stroke patients struggle physically and emotionally as they function in their day-to-day lives.
Families need to consider doubling or tripling the care provided for them. The researchers said that 24/7 monitoring is critical for the elderly, especially for those who have been paralyzed.
Social support programs also prove to be most beneficial for seniors. These support groups can help enhance their social participation. One example would be exercise programs, which do not only let seniors mingle with other people, but also boost their physical health.
More Patience and Deeper Understanding
Taking care of a loved one who suffered from stroke is not an easy task. It requires more patience, love, and understanding from the family. Studies have shown that patients who suffered an attack are most likely to experience depression. Families need to provide the utmost care possible to prevent this from happening. Seniors need assistance with their daily tasks, and although there will be progress, it won’t come in right away.
Caregivers need to practice patience and develop a deeper understanding; stroke patients need these two significant factors the most as they recover.
Families face difficulties when a loved one suffers from a medical condition alongside the aging process. Utmost care is necessary to help boost their wellbeing.