Do you provide care or support for a stroke survivor in your household? You aren’t alone.

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

More than 53 million Americans are caregivers and more than 800,000 people experience a stroke every year. Patients require physical, as well as emotional recovery.

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

You’ll find a supportive group for stroke survivors that talk about understanding stroke and its impacts, reducing risk, adjusting to life after stroke, cooking, creative art and music therapies, and much more. Group speech therapy occurs every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Caregiver Group meets quarterly, too. Residents of Fairfax County, Fairfax City, and Falls Church who have survived a stroke or serve as a caregiver are welcome to attend. Questions may be directed to Erica Wrenn, M.S., 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, every year more than 16,600 Virginians have a stroke. Know the signs and symptoms for stroke and remember there’s treatment if you act FAST, an acronym to remember- Facial droop, Arm hang, Speed is slurred, and the importance of Time- call 9-1-1 right away.

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