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5 Signs of Stroke to Watch for in Seniors

By Debbie Nunn, 9:00 am on

Anyone can have a stroke at any age, but the older people get, the more this chance increases. Men, smokers, and people with diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease are at an even greater risk, particularly if they’re over 55. A stroke can leave a person with devastating disabilities or even be life threatening. In many cases, those consequences can be prevented if the person is treated quickly, so it’s important to know the early warning signs of stroke. 

1. Numbness 

There are several early warning signs of a stroke, but one of the most common is numbness in part of the body, usually along either just the right or left side. Your loved one may feel it in the face, arm, leg, or all three. If this is the case, have your loved one move that part of the body and see if both sides respond. For example, a smile tests both sides of the face, while lifting both arms or legs (while sitting) at the same time tests the lower extremities. If one side is stronger than the other or doesn’t respond at all, it may be time to go to the hospital. 

If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Clarksville, TN, families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

2. Confusion 

Seniors who are on the verge of a stroke may also experience confusion when trying to understand or respond to a conversation. Perhaps you asked your loved one to perform a simple task, and he or she doesn’t know what you’re talking about. Your loved one may respond with something nonsensical or his or her speech may be slurred. While this could be a sign of other issues that impact the brain, it’s still best to go to the hospital as soon as possible. 

3. Physical Weakness 

In addition to difficulty speaking and understanding conversations, your loved one may experience issues with mobility. Perhaps your loved one gets up to walk across the room and feels dizzy or off balance, or he or she stumbles for no reason. Maybe your loved one is cooking in the kitchen and can no longer lift the spoon to the pot because his or her arm is too weak. Any sudden change in your loved one’s ability to move the arms and legs needs to be checked out immediately. 

Strokes can have a negative impact on an aging adult’s quality of life. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Clarksville families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

4.Severe Headache 

Headaches can occur for many reasons, but one that is sudden and severe may be a sign of a stroke, especially for seniors who aren’t normally prone to headaches and migraines. However, some studies suggest those who have frequent migraines may be at a greater risk for strokes in the future. The pain may be severe and feel as if it is shooting or stabbing inside the head. Even if it turns out not to be a stroke warning sign, a severe headache should be checked out by a doctor.

5. Sudden Impaired Vision 

The early moments of a stroke can also cause a senior to have difficulties with vision, which can manifest in many ways. Your loved one may suddenly go blind in one or both eyes with no warning, he or she may start to see double, or he or she may have difficulty recognizing familiar objects. Any changes with eyesight that come on suddenly should warrant a trip to the emergency room.

Caring for an older adult during stroke recovery can be challenging for family caregivers. If

you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and you need respite care, Clarksville, TN, Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our respite caregivers are trained to assist older adults with a wide variety of everyday tasks, including meal prep, physical activity, and personal hygiene. We also provide 24-hour care and specialized care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s. To create a customized home care plan for your loved one, call us at (931) 218-2781.

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