Focus on: The Stroke Association

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MAKE MAY PURPLE

As this month is Make May Purple month for The Stroke Association, I thought that I would do a focus on the Stroke association for this.  It’s something that has affected quite a few people around me and it’s not surprising considering that The Stroke Association website states that:

‘Stroke strikes every 5 mins in the UK, it can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time.’

Therefore The Stroke Association do this:

‘We’re here to support people to rebuild their lives after Stroke’

IT’S VERY COMMON

Stroke strikes every 5 minutes in the UK. It can happen to anyone, of any age at any time.  It’s vital to know how to spot the warning signs of Stroke in yourself or someone else.

WHAT IS A STROKE

Using the F.A.S.T. test is the best way to do this:

  • FACE: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen to one side?
  • ARMS: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?
  • SPEECH: Cant the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?
  • TIME: If you see any of these 3 signs, it’s time to call 999

There is no way of knowing if symptoms will pass, so you need to treat it as a medical emergency. Always dial 999, the quicker the person arrives at a specialist stroke unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment.

HISTORY

The history of The Stroke Association is as follows:

1899 – 1930’s

1899 – National Association for the prevention of Consumption and other forms of Tuberculosis was founded.  The first international congress on Tuberculosis was held in Berlin.

1903 – By Law against spitting in public acme into force in London.  This, along with a leaflet, was designed to prevent the spread of Tuberculosis.

1922 – Name changed to the National Association for the prevention of Tuberculosis (NAPT)

1930’s Early on in this Decade the first research project undertaken by the National Association for the prevention of Tuberculosis.  Mr. F.C.S.Bradbury was commissioned to look into whether poverty and Tuberculosis were interlinked.

1948 – 1974

1948 – Birth of the National Health Service Act.  Tuberculosis dispensaries became known as Chest Clinics.

1959 – Name changed from the NAPT to the Chest and Heart Association.

1961 – The British Heart Foundation was set up by the British Cardiac society with considerable help from the Chest and Heart Association. (CHA), incl. financial contributions for research into Heart diseases.

1974 – ‘Stroke’ was added to the Associated title and ‘The Chest, Heart, and Stroke Association’ was born.

1985 – 1999

1985- major appeal for Stroke was initiated and a working party set up to refine the research objective in Stroke work.

1990 – First family support organiser started work, based in Sefton on Merseyside and Salford.

1992- The Chest, Heart and Stroke Association had become ‘The Stroke Association.’

1999 – Celebrated 100 years of caring .  The logo for the Stroke Association had a special strapline to reflect this.

2005 – Present

2005 – Introduced the ‘Stroke is a medical emergency’ campaigns, which led to the FAST stroke prevention campaign.

2015 – Speakability, the National Charity that supports people with aphasia to overcome communitcation barriers, merges with the Stroke Association.

WHO WE WORK WITH

We work to build successful partnerships with organisations in order to better help all those affected by Stroke.

STROKE ALLIANCE FOR EUROPE (SAFE)

These are various European patient and organisations dealing with Stroke prevention and Care.

THE WORLD STROKE ORGANISATION (WSO)

The WSO was established in October 2006 form the merger of the international stroke society and the World Stroke Federation, the two lead organisations representing Stroke globally.

CHANGE4LIFE

We support Change4Life, the government campaign that promotes a healthy lifestyle which may help toprevent life – threatening ilnesses like Stroke, heart disease and some Cancers.  We are particularly involved with Change4life, Work4life and Bike4life actiivities and promote these messages at some our key walking and cycling events.

ActFAST

A stroke can strike at anytime and every second counts. We work closely with Public Health England to make sure as many people as possible know the most common signs of Stroke.

SameYou

SameYou was launched in March 2019 by Game of Thrones actor Emilia Clarke.  The charity aims to transform recovery care for young adults following hospital treatment for brain injury and Stroke.

The Stroke Association and SameYou are joining forces to invest in research to transform stroke rehabilitation services and to tackle the stigma of stroke by raising awareness of this devastating condition among young adults.

Emilia Clarke, says this:

‘I know from personal experience that the impact of brain injury is shattering recovery is long-term and rehabilitation difficult to access.  Repurcussions are not always visible, and the problem is seldom talked about.  We need to help Young Adults take control of their recovvery and allow them to open up without fearing stigma and shame I am determined to help.  I have founded SameYou to help take action and raise funds for a revolution in rehabilitation provision for Young Adults.’

(Source: The Stroke Association)

 

FOCUS ON SAME YOU COMING SOON

I will do a ‘Focus on:’ article about this charity later on in the month as it is something that needs to be brought out into the open as it affected and still is 6 years on affecting, one of my eldest daughters class peers form a freak accident.  The 18 year old had his whole life ahead of him and had his whole world and that of his family turned upside down overnight due to a freak accident and severe brain injury.  He is at present confined to a wheelchair, with limited speech, but is now in a rehabilitation facility a little way from home, where he desperately wants to be, so this charity interests me greatly.

 

FOOTNOTE:  Due to the FAST campaign and what my Mother in Law told us over the phone, we knew the problem was likely a stroke.  If we had not acted as we did, my Mother in Law would not be here today.  Yes she has a couple of minor issues but, it could have been a lot worse, and most people are shocked to discover that she is nearly 90.

 

 

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