Stroke recovery for elderly

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Avatar m tn In regards to people with elderly family members who suffered a stroke, did they have feeding tubes or sources of nutrition provided? I am really struggling with this and feel like it is giving up. She is conscious and aware.
Avatar m tn After a week of no change, can we hope for any recovery or progress? The neurologist seems to be taking a wait and see attitude. She is hospitalized, but we wonder if she would be better off in a rehab facility or some other skilled care. What should we ask and what should we expect?
Avatar m tn Hi,my 57 year old mother suffered a hemorrhagic stroke,she was pretty healty before this,but she does smoke.The doc said it was 4 cm and it was on her left side,her vision is affected and her capability to read. She was in the hospital 5 days,her blood pressure,blood work,everything looks good which is very weird!Other then that she was conscious all the time,no memory loss or anything like that. My question is why the docs didn't give her any medication while in the hospital or after?
Avatar f tn It is crucial that your Father is motivated to do all the therapy he is given. He is probably like My Father and tires easily and may be in pain. There are lyacaine patches and radiation for pain. My Father was very motivated to "get home" but he has no feeling in his left leg from paralysis. Also his arm (I don't know if your Father's shoulder has separated shoulder joints as is typical after stroke then your father may complain of pain constantly.
691463 tn?1227419054 we have an elderly cat of 17, he is suddenely much more lethargic than usual, as if in a daze and drooling heavily, we wonder if he may have had a stroke, he experienced something like a seizure couple of weeks ago.
Avatar n tn Two of us flew to see him immediately following the stroke. We stayed for three days. He sobbed uncontrollably as we left. His wife now tells us that he refuses to eat and has sunk into a depression worse than he already was. We plan to return in a couple of weeks and call him every day to reassure him he will see us again.
Avatar m tn I appreciate your concern for your aunt’s health. The most common causes of hemorrhagic stroke are hypertension, elderly age group, weakness in the artery wall in the brain and blood coagulation issues. After the acute management of the condition, stabilization of airway, breathing and circulation, the long-term therapy includes rehabilitation. Recovery is variable and hence different requirement of therapy for different patients. Care must be taken for repositioning her to avoid bedsores.
Avatar n tn My mother lives in the New Orleans area and recently entered the hospital for knee surgery. During her recovery from the surgery, she had difficulty in awakening from the anesthesia. She has since awakened, but her brain does not seem to be functioning properly. Her ability to remember things is now very difficult. She mixes up facts from one incident with the facts of one or more other memories.
Avatar n tn The risks for the elderly are the same type of risks as for the young (heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, bleeding, death). The rate of complications is higher the older a patient is. The risks of not treating serious heart disease are also higher in the elderly. 2. Many elderly patients are excluded from clinical trials, either because of age or associated comorbidities. However, the weight of evidence suggests that angioplasty and stenting can be done safely in the elderly.
Avatar n tn And of course, the omnipresent prognosis issue. I understand that TIA in elderly especially indicates a much higher risk of a major stroke, but what are the main risk factors that can be used to predict prognosis? Thank you in advance for your help in providing such valuable information.
Avatar m tn My aunt aged 70 is hospitalised due to brain stem stroke and is in ICU. She is yet to regain the consciousness and is still on ventilator. Doctors have stated that there is very little improvement. As of now she lost her limb movements, swallowing capacity and eyelid movements. Though she is chronic diabetic and had bye pass surgery six years back her major organs are functioning normally. It is not clear how long she will be like this. At what point of time recovery process will set in?
Avatar n tn Very sorry to hear about your stroke. I applaud your courage and motivation in what sounds like a tough recovery period. To accurately comment on prognosis or outcome of your stroke, I would have to examine you personally and see your imaging studies to know exactly what was damaged and how far you've come. To be honest, I'm not sure that anyone can tell you whether or not you will ever reach your high baseline functioning status.
Avatar m tn Can Morphine that is given to an elderly person (81 years old) long term (4+ weeks, 3 or more times per day,IV) cause them to have a stroke?
Avatar f tn What is your opinion on oxygen therapy for stroke recovery? Has anyone had any experience with this?
Avatar f tn I would like to hear from anyone with advice on STROKE REHABILITATION, especially for right sided paralysis (Left-Hemisphere Stroke)... In doing alot of reading it seems that speech is one of the things effected. I understand each stroke and stroke patient is different, but what could we expect in relation to time of recovery and how much recovery should we realistically expect? Any advice or experiences shared would be appreciated.
Avatar f tn i would like to know for how many years can a stroke be recoverd? or can it berecovered ,like the person that had a stroke be likeit was before that ?
Avatar m tn Helping a person recover from stroke is collectively termed as stroke rehabilitation. For the motor skills physiotherapy is needed. Techniques such as exercise, manipulation, massage, skills training and electrical treatment are used. Consult a neuro physiotherapist and follow the instructions at home. To improve memory functions, you could try a lot of ‘brain teasers’.
Avatar n tn I have tried searching the internet for realistic expectations about her chances for recovery, but all of them are quite vague and only give general stroke recovery statistics without regard to the immediate aftermath of the stroke. For instance, a person obviously has a better chance at recovery if they never lose consciousness or if they are unconcious for only a short time. Can someone give me some blunt, realistic outlook on her prospects?
Avatar n tn I need to find a living arrangement for a close friend of mine who is 50 years old and lives in the Boston area. I am looking for a place that houses younger stroke patients and isn't just for the elderly. If anyone knows of a placeplease let know. She suffers from some memory loss (short term) and occassional seizures. She is struggling with a loss of independence and I can't imagine that she would do well in a traditional home for the elderly.
Avatar f tn Thank you for your question. I can understand your worrying concern about post-stroke recovery. Unfortunately, rehabilitation is the only effective way to help the patient regain function to the possible extent and prevent from permanent losses. If rehabilitation program is appropriately instituted, most of the stroke patients can regain maximum functions with appropriate therapy, training and support services.
Avatar m tn Hi, my dad suffered a stroke 3 months. He is 73 yrs old and was alcoholic and heavy smoker and had industrial deafness. He has lost his speech though now he starts speaking though you can only understand possibly 1 word out 20. He has loss use of his right side bodily functions and is incontinent. He cant even sit in a wheelchair and is bed ridden. What can i do and what is best case scenario???
Avatar m tn I have been involved in stroke rehabilitation for the super elderly with great success. Without exception, I have found the professional services not worth the powder to blow them to Mars. The "consultants" charge $200 an hour. First of all, do not give up hope. (1) Hire your own help to assist in rehabilitation. A person does not need a degree to hold an elderly woman's hand. There is no substitute for TLC and love. (2) Spend as much time as possible with the person.