We’ve teamed up with A Stroke of Luck, a charity that specialises in exercise-based recovery for stroke survivors, to produce a stroke-specific exercise programme of short videos to help you be more active at home.
I always find myself really busy in August. Not only are there a lot of events going on. But there is also that feeling that autumn and winter are on the horizon. So I better get out and about while the weather is still (mostly) good.
In today's blog, we've brought together links to lots of different activities and events you can try out this August.
Stroke Association activities and events
We'll start off with activities and events targeted specifically at stroke survivors.
In this month's news roundup, we look at some of the stories about new and exciting stroke research.
But before we get to all the big medical news from July, we wanted to start with...
A huge thank you
We want to thank each and every person who has fundraised for us in July. Without you the Stroke Association wouldn't be able to help stroke survivors or fund research into treatment and prevention.
This month, we wanted to say a special thank you to a group of friends in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Exercise in general is important to maintaining good physical and emotional health. Especially after stroke. Being active can help reduce fatigue and pain. Exercises can improve your independence and boost your confidence.
It is also a great way to reduce your risk of another stroke by:
What is the 'Food after stroke' project?
Food is life. It connects us with our cultural heritage, our friends and loved ones, its a language we can all speak. Though our relationship with food may change after a stroke, particularly those with swallowing difficulties, fatigue, or strict dietary changes; being able to enjoy your food is important for a good quality of life.
Seasonal eating is exactly what it sounds like. Buying and eating food when it is at its freshest.
For fruit and vegetables, this means eating them when they are ripe and ready for harvest. When it comes to meat and fish, it means buying based on the breeding and/or feeding season.
Why is eating seasonally important?
There are three key reasons why eating seasonally is important:
Aphasia Awareness Month: Survivor stories
June was Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is a language and communication disability. You can find out more about it here.
There were lots of stories in the news sharing information about what aphasia is and the stories of people who have it.
You may have had one or more medical conditions before having a stroke. Or this may be a new condition that was discovered alongside your stroke.
Either way, managing a health condition can be draining. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Especially after a stroke.
To help, we've put together a few strategies.
Our Amazing Brains research event was able to take place in person this year. This comes after two years of virtual events. It took place on the 19th of May 2022, at the Francis Crick Institute in London.
Our Chief Executive, Juliet Bouverie OBE, hosted with special guest Mark Charnock. Mark is best known for playing Marlon Dingle in Emmerdale, a character who recently had a stroke. You can read more about this storyline and the reception of it in our March news roundup.