Stroke occurs when the supply of blood to the brain is suddenly disrupted through a blood clot or bleeding to the brain. Stroke effects over 53,000 Australians every year and is the second cause of death after Heart Disease.
The Good Life After Stroke Expo and and Information Day was organised in partnership between Maroondah City Council and the Croydon Stroke Support Group to raise awareness about stroke and the support services that are available. The event, expanded upon the Croydon Stroke Support Group’s Brush Strokes exhibition which was held last year. The group’s artworks was on display at Karralyka as were a number of information sessions and community stalls.
Stroke is the biggest cause of disability within our community and approximately half of the stroke survivors will experience permanent disabilities, such as paralysis, memory loss, speech or vision impairment. Despite these challenges, it is possible to lead a good life after stroke and a number of stroke survivors discussed their first hand experiences with the recovery process and new lease on life.
Peer support for both stroke survivors and carers is available through groups such as the Croydon Stroke Support Group and through health and community agencies. While the path to recovery can be difficult, the speakers reinforced the need for perseverance and a positive outlook. This optimism was clearly apparent in the art that has been created by members of the Croydon Stroke Support Group and the use of tools as innovative as eye droppers and chopsticks allowed a chance for everyone to participate.
The Good Life After Stroke Expo and Information Day helped showcase the support services that are available for people that experience stroke and I would like to congratulate the Croydon Stroke Support Group for its efforts in demonstrating that a good life after stroke is possible.