May marks Stroke Recovery Awareness Month
Every ten minutes a Canadian will have a stroke. There are over 300,000 stroke survivors in Canada. Stroke affects not only the survivor, but the entire family, loved ones and friends. Everyone has to learn to adjust to the ‘new normal’ which may include permanent physical disability, communication disorders such as aphasia and emotional difficulties, including depression.
Stroke Recovery Canada®, a program of March of Dimes Canada, helps stroke survivors across the country to more easily re-engage in their communities, and affirm that there is meaningful and quality life after a stroke.
With May designated as Stroke Recovery Awareness Month, March of Dimes has increased its efforts to educate the public about stroke recovery. The program is a national service offering post-recovery support, education and programs for stroke survivors, their families and health care providers. Through its work with local peer support groups, March of Dimes offers survivors the tools to survive and thrive after a stroke.
This year, March of Dimes Canada’s theme is Turning Point. The charity wants to hear what the turning point was in a survivor’s stroke recovery journey. The organization is asking Canadians to share their photos, videos, or stories via email to help provide inspiration to other Canadians learning to survive and thrive after a stroke. March of Dimes Canada will post these messages of inspiration and hope on its website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
Throughout May, events will be held to educate the public about stroke, provide information on risk factors and prevention methods and spread the message there is quality and meaningful life after stroke. Events include Walk ‘n’ Roll, a mall walk led by survivors and their loved ones, Living with a Disability Conferences, and more.
For information or to join Stroke Recovery Canada call the Warmline® at 1-888-540-6666 or visit the Stroke Recovery Canada website at www.marchofdimes.ca/src.