Make May Purple – Stroke Association

If you have been on over to our social media channels you may have noticed something a little unusual – we have gone purple! This is all in aid of Make May Purple, to help raise awareness of strokes. The Stroke Association works closely with those who have been affected, and invests in research to help save lives.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is actually a brain attack (not a heart attack like most people think). It occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, and therefore starved of oxygen. A stroke can affect not only how your body works, but also how you think, feel and communicate. If you suspect a loved one is having a stroke, act FAST and call 999.

F – Facial weakness

Has the person’s face dropped slightly on one side? Can they smile?

A – Arm weakness

Can the person raise both arms?

S – Speech problems

Can the person speak clearly? Or is it slurred?

T – Time to call 999

If they are showing any of these signs.

Could I be at risk?

Anyone can be affected, no matter how old or young you are, however this risk is increased as you get older. If someone in your family has had a stroke, you are likely to be at a higher genetic risk too.

Lifestyle factors can also play a part in your likelihood of having a stroke. Here are a few tips to reduce the risk of a stroke:

  • Manage your medical conditions

  • Eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle

  • Stop smoking, reduce your alcohol consumption

How you can help

It isn’t too late to get fundraising! There are many events going on within the UK for Make May Purple, and you can download the free fundraising pack direct from the Stroke Association.

Stroke Association

Here at Waltham House we offer the very best care and support for all our residents, and we offer a dedicated keyworker service, with highly trained staff to keep an eye on your loved ones. We hope you will join us in support of Make May Purple, to show your support for those who have been affected by strokes.