Do you know anyone who has had a stroke? My father had one years ago and his life was forever changed. He spent time at a VA hospital and was a very different person for the first few months. He was bed bound, couldn’t swallow- had to get a temporary feeding tube, and his personality was altered. Once when I visited him, he was swinging his arms at me like he wanted to fight.
Now, five- six years later, he’s much more “normal”. He can do very few things for himself like cooking, showering, putting clothes in/out of the washing machine, etc. He spends a lot of time watching TV and coloring with colored pencils and does a terrific job!
He has never lived independently again. He has lived in a nursing home or an apartment with help. Currently, he is in an a apartment and a CNA comes to help him shower a few times per week. Thank goodness my brothers live in the same town and check in on him daily. I wish I lived closer and could help.
Above is a good article on the effects of stroke. If you have a history of strokes in your family like I do, there are many things you can do right now to help prevent a stroke- stop smoking, keep your blood pressure under control, reduce alcohol consumption if you are a big drinker, take actions to reduce stress in your life, loose weight, and increase your daily exercise.