An informal meeting for people living with someone who has had a stroke or mini stroke will take place on Thursday November 3 from 7pm to 9pm at the Croi heart and stroke centre in Newcastle.
Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke in Europe. More than 7,000 people are hospitalised each year in Ireland with stroke, most of whom leave hospital with some physical or cognitive deficit. When a family member suffers a stroke, the impact is not just on the individual but on the whole family - in many cases, their family life changes forever. This can be very traumatic for both the stroke survivors and their family members.
Accepting that a family member has had a stroke and learning to live a new life caring for your loved one can be demanding but can also be very rewarding, according to the charity.
“The purpose of this meeting is to provide carers and loved ones with an opportunity to share their experiences in a comfortable environment,” says a spokesperson for Croi. “Meeting others in similar situations can help to overcome the common challenges that many experience and can also be a very beneficial support for the carers own health and wellbeing.”
This free evening will be facilitated by Croi specialist nurse Therese Manton and Libby Kinneen, a speech and language therapist. Further details are available by calling Maria on (091 ) 544310.