Senior Care: How to Identify a Stroke

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Identifying Senior Stroke

Strokes can be deadly, and it is important for family members and caregivers to seek help immediately when they suspect that their aging loved ones may be having a stroke. If caught early enough, the damaging effects of a cerebral vascular accident (CVA) can be avoided along with its devastating consequences.

Because learning to recognize the signs of a CVA is crucial to avoiding long-term disability, leading Denver stroke care provider, Home Care Assistance, wanted to share some of the warning signs that a senior may be experiencing a stroke.

  • Numbness or Weakness – Experiencing numbness or weakness around the face, in the limbs and especially along one side of the body may indicate that a stroke is occurring. One side of the mouth may droop if the person attempts to smile, and one limb may float downward if the individual is asked to hold his or her arms out.
  • Confusion – An inability to understand or follow instructions is an ominous sign of a stroke. If your loved one is unable to repeat a simple sentence, help should be sought immediately. The person may also have slurred speech or be unable to speak at all.
  • Loss of Coordination – People who are having a stroke may stumble and fall, or they may walk in an odd fashion with their legs spread apart. They also may be unable to perform fine motor skills such as writing and eating with a fork.
  • Headache – An intense headache that seems to appear out of nowhere may indicate that a CVA has occurred. Facial pain and a stiff neck may also accompany the headache.
  • Visual Disturbances – A sudden onset of blurry vision or an inability to focus may indicate that an individual has experienced a stroke. Your loved one may complain of having double vision or temporary blindness in one or both eyes.
  • Dizziness – The effects on the brain from a CVA may cause people to become dizzy. The symptoms may inhibit walking and cause the person to feel nauseous.

If your aging parent or loved one has experienced a stroke, providing them with the right in-home support can help them to reduce their risk for a secondary stroke. To learn more about professional in-home stroke care, visit our website at or call a friendly Home Care Assistance Care Manager directly at 720-443-3371 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation consultation.


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