Massey University conducted a recent survey about the experiences of younger stroke survivors in New Zealand. The aim of the study was to investigate the different problems that younger stroke survivors experience #poststroke.
- Lack of information was a problem experienced by a large number of the younger stroke survivors in this sample
- Limited information given after the acute phase regarding the rehabilitation process and what life would be like post-stroke
- An important take-away from this research is that younger stroke survivors in New Zealand experience a range of different problems including employment loss or disruption, problems with invisible disabilities and family life disruption.
- As stroke is commonly seen as an older aged disease; younger stroke survivor’s problems are often overlooked.
- Problems with invisible disabilities was rated as a significant problem.
- Employment loss or employment disruption, difficulty with self esteem,
difficulty with finances, reduction in leisure activities, family life disruption, lack of information post-stroke, limited access to community support services, difficulty returning to or beginning study, social isolation, problems with transport were rated as somewhat of a problem
- Post-stroke services should endeavour to acknowledge and address these different difficulties, as well as get to know the individual stroke survivors so that they feel heard and supported and believe that their problems have been validated.
#BeVisible #BeHeard #UniteForChange #PediactricStrokeAwareness