Stroke Awareness

According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, regardless of race, sex, or age.

While these numbers are alarming, yet, up to 80% of strokes are preventable.  Here are a few ways you can reduce your risk for stroke just by taking advantage of some prime benefits and covered services with AgeWell New York.

Preventative Services. Having annual screenings and visits with your doctors and specialists can helps identify health issues, risk factors and unhealthy lifestyle habits. Working hand in hand with your doctors, you can make necessary lifestyle changes and take action to help reduce their risks.

Fitness programs. Regular exercise leads to heart-healthy habits and can prevent conditions like obesity, high blood pressure, and poor cholesterol levels, which can lead to stroke. The Silver Sneakers fitness program includes access to gym membership fitness equipment, gym memberships, group exercise classes and more, at no additional cost.

Disease Management Programs. AgeWell New York offers disease management programs which helps members learn to cope with and manage chronic conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure. Participating in a disease management program gives you access to information about exercise, medicine, diet, and other treatment options, which all help lower your risk for stoke and improves overall quality of life.

Access to a Care Navigator or Care Manager. Having a dedicated person to help members navigate all of these services gives them easier access to all their benefits, so they can focus on staying healthy. Care Navigators or Care Managers can help members stay on track with their health goals and assist with things such as medication management, care planning, routine screenings and preventative services. Care Navigators or Care Managers are here to support and encourage healthy living.

We encourage you to take advantage of these covered services with AgeWell New York and help reduce your risk for stroke.

Symptoms

Watch for these signs and symptoms of a stroke.

  • Trouble with speaking and understanding. You may experience confusion. You may slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
  • Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. You may develop sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg. This often happens just on one side of your body. Try to raise both your arms over your head at the same time. If one arm begins to fall, you may be having a stroke. Also, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile.
  • Trouble with seeing in one or both eyes. You may suddenly have blurred or blackened vision in one or both eyes, or you may see double.
  • Headache. A sudden, severe headache, which may be accompanied by vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate you’re having a stroke.
  • Trouble with walking. You may stumble or experience sudden dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination.

When to see a doctor

Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, even if they seem to fluctuate or disappear. Think “FAST” and do the following:

  • Face. Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • Arms. Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Or is one arm unable to rise up?
  • Speech. Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is his or her speech slurred or strange?
  • Time. If you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately.

Call 911 or your local emergency number right away.  The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the potential for brain damage and disability.