‘Make May Purple’ is the Stroke Association’s annual awareness month, which takes place each May and invites friends, families and communities to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke.
We’re proud to be supporting the initiative this year as through our specialist support services, we see the effect stroke can have on both sufferers and their loved ones on a daily basis.
More people than ever are at risk of stroke, as Stroke Consultant Liz Iveson, who works at our Woodlands Neurological Rehabilitation Centre in York, explains:
“Strokes were traditionally considered a disease of the retired and while most strokes do still occur over the age of65, poor lifestyle choices are increasingly putting younger generations at risk.
“The situation is made worse by the challenges faced in spotting symptoms; a stroke can go undetected and can hide behind the mask of other problems such migraine, vertigo or drugs and alcohol.
“A more challenging task is snuffing out the stroke risk factors seemingly on the rise in younger people.Obesity, stress, high blood pressure and drug use have all been identified as key contributing factors. Ultimately, the longer you have these risk factors or make these lifestyle choices, the more likely you are to have a stroke.”
At Christchurch Group, our interdisciplinary teams are trained in stroke rehabilitation and can help at any stage of the rehabilitation process. Stroke affects people in many ways and often the whole team is required – from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology, nursing to doctors.
Anyone can join us and get involved with ‘Make May Purple’, whether it’s dying your hair purple or wearing something purple to work – just take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #MakeMayPurple.