McMinnville Parks and Recreation will hold its Lunch and Learn for April at McMinnville Civic Center today, April 24, at noon.
The featured topic is stroke prevention, detection, treatment and care. As an added bonus to the great health information that will be given out, Riverview Terrace will provide free lunches on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 30 people in attendance.
The guest speaker is Jeanette Ware, who serves as director of rehab services at River Park Hospital. Ware will provide vital information about the signs and symptoms of stroke, as well as lifestyle changes that can be made to prevent stroke. She’ll also speak from her perspective as director of rehab services about treatment for stroke patients and how to help stroke patients regain basic functioning and independent living. Additionally, stroke assessment tools will be provided free to all attendees.
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is a leading cause of disability in the United States and 40 percent of stroke patients are left with moderate functional impairments. Up to 30 percent of patients have severe disability following a stroke.
The acronym FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke:
• Face drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb?
• Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb?
• Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred, are you unable to speak, or are you hard to understand?
• Time to call 911: If you have any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get to the hospital immediately.
Other symptoms include:
• Sudden numbness or weakness of the leg
• Sudden confusion or trouble understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Sudden severe headache with no known cause
The public is invited to attend this health education event and to bring their questions about stroke. Lunch and Learn sessions covering a variety of topics are held quarterly at McMinnville Civic Center and are primarily sponsored by the city of McMinnville through Parks and Recreation.