Stroke survivors across Kettering are joining forces to celebrate World Stroke Day later this month.
A wellbeing event for takes place on Tuesday, October 29 at the Corn Market Hall, with the Stroke Association teaming up with Kettering Council and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Kettering mayor Cllr Keli Watts will be attending the event, which runs from 10am to 3pm. The event will include more than 50 stands with a range of healthcare information and advice for patients and their families. The event is free to attend, and members of the public are welcome to come along and get involved with a range of activities including blood pressure testing and CPR demonstrations.
Stuart Grange, from the Stroke Association Kettering and District Stroke Club, said: “Sadly a stroke can strike at any time. My stroke happened three years ago, and although I’m proud of everything I’ve achieved through my recovery, there are still days when I feel like half the person I used to be.
“That’s why it’s fantastic to see local organisations joining forces with the Stroke Association on World Stroke Day to celebrate life after stroke and also to raise awareness of the devastation a stroke can cause. We need people to understand that there are ways to reduce your chance of a stroke.”
To mark World Stroke Day, the Stroke Association is raising awareness of the most common language disorder caused by stroke – aphasia. An estimated 367,000 stroke survivors in the UK have aphasia. The condition can affect people’s ability to speak, read and write. It is an extremely frustrating and isolating disability, made worse by a general lack of awareness about the condition.
There are approximately 152,000 strokes in the UK every year. That is more than one every five minutes. As many as 20,000 of these could be prevented by making simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control and stopping smoking.