The new group is the latest in a network of weekly stroke support groups or clubs being developed around the country by the Irish Heart Foundation (IHF).
Research has shown that weekly support groups are vital in assisting stroke survivors to regain their independence and improve their quality of life.
The aim of the group is to offer support, assistance, advice and physical therapies, as well as a social outlet, to stroke survivors and their carers. Weekly meetings will commence in The Unity Centre, Windtown in early April. Membership is free and will be open to anyone who has had a stroke or has been affected by the condition.
Commenting on the launch consultant geriatrician Dr William Bourke, from Our Lady’s Hospital Navan said: “A stroke is an illness in which part of the brain is suddenly severely damaged or destroyed. Strokes affect different people in different ways; depending on the type of stroke, the area of the brain affected and the extent of the brain injury, the impact can range from very mild to severely devastating.
“Rehabilitation and support services are crucial in helping to minimise the effects of stroke and reduce the impact on the person’s and family’s lives. We are delighted to partner with the Irish Heart Foundation to provide a weekly Support Group to all those in County Meath affected by stroke.”
Chris Macey, Head of Advocacy in the Irish Heart Foundation added: “There are more than 50,000 people in Ireland living with the effects of stroke. Research carried out for the Irish Heart Foundation by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland shows that weekly support groups are vital in assisting stroke survivors to regain their independence and improve their quality of life. We are determined to ensure that stroke sufferers in County Meath and every community in the country have access to a support group.”
Key speakers will include Dr Bourke and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Stroke Care at Our Lady’s, Mary Flanagan.
Anyone who wishes to attend the meeting should contact Tracy Egan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Seamus Casey at 086 130 0238