ALTON – The Stroke Club support group, hosted by OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center, will meet at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, to discuss the dangers of falling.
The group meets from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at OSF Saint Clare’s Hospital, Rehabilitation Unit Dining Room, 915 E. Fifth St. To register, call Pat Jackson at (618) 465-4323.
The speaker will be Jordan Dietl, occupational therapist with OSF Saint Anthony’s, and the topic will be Balance and Fall Prevention. The informative sessions will help participants know and identify fall hazards, as well as understand balance issues following a stroke.
According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. The faster a stroke is recognized and treated, the better a chance patients have to recover without long-term disabilities.
A stroke victim can suffer varying levels of loss to some of their physical, speech and thinking capabilities, and may require physical and occupational therapy to regain their quality of life. The longer a stroke survivor is not in society, the harder it is to rejoin society again.
For information about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit, the area’s only hospital-based, medical rehabilitation and stroke-accredited program recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, visit www.osfsaintanthonys.org.