June is Stroke Awareness Month

June is Stoke Awareness Month. People of all ages should be aware of the symptoms of stroke because early diagnosis and treatment are vital. Your risk of stroke increases with age and it can be particularly debilitating and even life threatening for older adults. Adapting healthy lifestyle behaviours including exercising regularly, quitting smoking, managing stress and maintaining a healthy weight can help to reduce your risk of stroke as well as other cardiovascular conditions that threaten optimal aging. The McMaster Optimal Aging portal provides evidence-based resources about stroke symptoms, treatment and recovery. Read more below.

Featured Resources

1. BLOG POST: Does salt really affect blood pressure?

2. BLOG POST: Stroke centre or local hospital? In an emergency just call 911!

3. BLOG POST: Nurse-led clinics offer support for people with heart disease

4. WEB RESOURCE RATING: Learn the signs of stroke

5. WEB RESOURCE RATING: Ischemic stroke treatment (Beyond the Basics)

6. WEB RESOURCE RATING: Helping stroke survivors get back on their feet

7. EVIDENCE SUMMARY: Self management programs for quality of life in people with stroke

8. EVIDENCE SUMMARY: Physical fitness training for stroke patients

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DISCLAIMER: Many of our Blog Posts were written before the COVID-19 pandemic and thus do not necessarily reflect the latest public health recommendations. While the content of these blogs identify activities that support optimal aging, it is important to defer to the most current public health recommendations such as social distancing and frequent hand washing. Some of the activities suggested within these blogs may need to be modified or avoided altogether to comply with current social distancing recommendations. To view the latest updates from the Public Health Agency of Canada, please visit their website

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