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 help 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, the Naples senior care experts at Home Care Assistance discuss five common stroke symptoms.
1. Loss of basic motor skills
Strokes can cause ataxia, which is a loss of muscle coordination due to brain damage, as well as sudden and unexplained dizziness. If your senior relative experiences difficulties walking, performing non-strenuous physical activity, stumbling, falling, or appears to be in a drunken state, he or she may be having a stroke.
2. Trouble speaking or comprehending
A stroke can make your elderly loved one slur his or her speech, speak nonsensically, or talk with irregular speech patterns. Alternatively, your loved one may have trouble grasping simple phrases, questions, or instructions. Such confusion may also include sudden and extensive memory loss even among seniors who don’t have dementia.
3. Sudden weakness on one side of the body
A senior having a stroke may suddenly lose strength or feeling in his or her arms, legs, and 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 slurred speech as a result of weak facial muscles and tongue, difficulty holding objects, or trembling limbs during non-strenuous movements.
4. Loss of vision
Strokes block the flow of oxygen to the brain, affecting the optic nerves and fibers and leading to visual impairment. Your loved one may describe sudden blurriness or double vision, may lose parts of his field of vision, or become suddenly blinded in one or both eyes.
5. Lightning bolt headache
Headaches that come on strong and without cause may be a sign of a stroke in the elderly. Your loved one may experience disorientation or vomiting from the sudden onset of the headache. Many senior stroke survivors report experiencing feeling as though a bolt of lightning struck them when the headache started.
If your elderly loved one has survived a stroke, you can help promote an efficient recovery through hiring a Naples stroke caregiver. Expertly trained to help seniors who are recovering from a stroke, our experienced caregivers provide assistance with everyday tasks, like navigating the home, personal grooming, cooking, and cleaning, to ensure stroke survivors are safe and comfortable in their own homes. To learn more about our care services, give a knowledgeable Care Manager a call at (239) 449-4701 and schedule a free in-home consultation.