Saturday, June 28, 2008

Calls for greater help for stroke victims

Stroke is the third most common cause of death among adults in Scotland. While nearly half the number of people affected will make a good recovery, the same number again can be left with considerable disabilities. Now a leading charity is calling on the Government to help stroke patients whose speech is badly affected.

Around 12,500 Scots will have a stroke this year. Whilst most victims will be over the age of 65, some 20% will be younger than that. It is one of the most common causes of adult death after heart disease and cancer, and can leave many survivors with severe disabilities. One of

Angela McLeod
Angela McLeod
the hardest to cope with is the loss of speech and communication. Now leading charities as well as The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in Scotland are joining forces to call for more support.

Angela Macleod of The Stroke Association said: "Having a communication disability affects the ability to speak and to understand language, and you can imagine that's got a huge impact on people's lives in terms of being reintegrated into their family and the wider community once they've had a stroke and they're going from the hospital back home. It can affect their ability to get back to work, relationships with friends, and again with family, and also can cause huge amounts of frustration and depression and distress. Which has been shown to happen with people who've got a communication disability".

According 'Lost Without Words', a report by the Stroke Association, a top priority should be an audit to establish just how many people in Scotland are affected. This will enable better patient referral to relevant support services. It's hoped that the current review of the Executive's Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke Strategy willl result in vastly imrpoved communication support services.


Jerry said...


The fact is currently the medical establishment does not understand much about the brain. We, as a society, know very well how to cover up the problem with medications and insuring that the individual will not recover. To me the idea is bogus!

I have recovered from a Severe Traumatic Brain Injury and I know how to replicate the results with 100% effectiveness. No two brain injuries are the same but it is also true that no two fractures of a bone are the same either but we know how to heal a broken bone and I know how to recover (from first hand experience) from brain injuries. Ironically enough I’ve never broken a bone!

My name is Jerry and I was recently reprimanded at my job. I worked for a non profit organization in founded to help people with brain injuries, when they got word that I was telling people that it was very possible to recover from brain injuries I was approached by two corporate managers about how it was impossible to recover from brain injuries and they politely asked me to not speak of these “Lies”.

I complied until one of the corporate managers told me that it was the Brain Injury Association of this state that filed a formal complaint with the director of the company when they heard that I was saying I knew how to help people actually recover. At that point I became OUTRAGED! I understood that the hospitals might not endorse the “No Brainer Recover Method” but I was under the impression that the Brain Injury Association of any state would be in support of promoting the recovery of Neural Trauma.

I have worked with some of the top minds in the field and we all agree that we should still get some more knowledge and backing in order to allow “No Brainer Productions” to get to the place in must be to reach the people that need the educations. It will take at least $15,000 to get this ship off the ground so I would like to know HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PART OF HISTORY? We are ready to invest the money on the 22 of July.

Any suggestion, referrals, ideas, or DONATIONS will be GREATLY appreciated!