Stroke support group to launch in Bantry

Posted on: 3rd November, 2014

Category: Health & Lifestyle

Contributor: West Cork People

A new Stroke Support group for stroke survivors and their families living in West Cork is being launched in Westlodge Hotel, Bantry on Thursday, November 6h at 7pm. Admission is free and all with an interest in stroke are welcome.

The information session will be useful for patients, relatives and health care workers. Keynote presentations will come from Dr Brian Carey, the Irish Heart Foundation and members of the Stroke Care team from Bantry General Hospital.

Annually, hundreds of patients present to hospitals West Cork post stroke. Stroke support groups can play an invaluable role — offering guidance, support, physical therapies, as well as a social outlet for stroke patients to come together and share their stories.

The key features of Stroke Support Groups are to: Provide help, information and a social outlet for stroke survivors, their families and friends; Enable survivors to share experiences that can be vital in dealing with the effects of stroke; Develops empowerment and control for stroke survivors; Improves coping skills and adjustment to life after Stroke; Helps reduce depression, stress and anxiety.

The West Cork stroke support group is a HSE and Irish Heart Foundation initiative. Membership is free and is open to anyone who has had a stroke and his or her family, friends and carers.

For more information contact Emma-Jane at emorrissey@irishheart.ie or call 01 6346925.

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