Department of Health Hosts Weekly Stroke Support Group | Healthy food

Do you provide care or support to a stroke survivor in your household? You are not alone.

Often, a stroke survivor’s family is an essential source of long-term support during recovery and rehabilitation.

More than 53 million Americans are caregivers and more than 800,000 people suffer a stroke each year. Patients need physical and emotional recovery.

Join the Fairfax County Health Department’s Helping Hands Stroke Club, every Friday from 1-2 p.m. at the Joseph Willard Health Center.

You’ll find a support group for stroke survivors that talks about understanding stroke and its impacts, reducing risk, coping with life after stroke, cooking, creative art and therapies music, and more. Group speech therapy takes place every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A caregiver group also meets quarterly. Residents of Fairfax County, City of Fairfax and Falls Church who have survived a stroke or are serving as caregivers are welcome. Questions can be directed to Erica Wrenn, MS, CCC-SLP, at 703-246-7120 for more information.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Anyone, even children, can have a stroke. In Virginia, more than 16,600 Virginians have a stroke each year. Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke and remember there is treatment if you act FAST, an acronym to remember – face droop, arm suspension, reduced speed and the importance of time – call 9 -1-1 right away.

Virginia S. Braud