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Different Strokes aims to raise awareness that strokes don’t only happen to older people.
There are 100,000 strokes in the UK each year, and stroke is the leading cause of disability in the UK. 1 in 4 of these strokes happen to somebody of working age or younger.
Stroke is especially isolating for working age people; often with young families to support and relying on employment but suddenly unable to work. It can lead to a loss of established identity and independence and to the breakdown of family life. Younger stroke survivors must learn to accept newfound physical, emotional and cognitive limitations, as well as changes to virtually every aspect of life – wellbeing, perceived quality of life, communication, mobility, employment, independence, social life, relationships. Disabilities include paralysis, memory issues, cognitive challenges, aphasia, depression, anxiety and severe fatigue.
Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors. We have personal experience of the realities of life after stroke, and provide information, support and connection to stroke survivors. Through the emphasis we place on peer support, stroke survivors come to the realisation that they are not alone, and are able to focus on their ongoing recovery and rehabilitation.
Gifts will enable families to reclaim their lives after stroke, and support ongoing recovery.