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Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod will Facilitate Stroke Support Group in 2017

Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod Facilitates Stroke Support Group

North Chatham, December 2016– The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod invites stroke survivors, their loved ones, and caregivers to attend a stroke support group open to residents of Cape Cod. The group will be meeting from 2:00pm-3:00p, the second Thursday of every month, in the library at Liberty Commons Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center at 390 Orleans Rd in North Chatham

The stroke support group will give participants an opportunity to share their experiences and support each other in a welcoming and confidential environment. The group will also provide a variety of educational topics related to stroke from members of the Cape medical community.

Stroke occurs when a blood vessel to the brain becomes blocked or ruptured. The effect on stroke survivors can range from minimal to severe and may include physical disabilities, difficulty speaking or swallowing, behavioral changes, memory impairments and depression.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes. Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately can save a life. The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:

  • Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile
  • Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms
  • Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase
  • Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1-1 right away

If you have any questions, please contact Steve Franco at 508-945-4611 ex245 or SteveFranco@libertycommons.org

You can download our flyer with all of the 2017 dates here.