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Bucks Stroke Support warmly invites those recovering from stroke, and their friends and relatives, to attend a series of talks to be held in Haddenham.

The talks are open to all stroke survivors, carers and family members within Bucks. Attendance at the talks is funded by the Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust as part of the community stroke support programme. There is no charge. Although it is recommended that participants attend all sessions we do understand this is not always possible.

Aims:

The series of sessions has been designed to assist stroke survivors and family members in developing their understanding of stroke and the recovery process and to promote self-management skills for life after a stroke.

The sessions are interactive and informal. Participants are supported to ask their own individual questions of the course presenters and learn from and share experiences with other attendees.

Courses are designed around the information needs of attendees.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest so that the coordinator of the Expert Stroke Programme may discuss your specific personal interests and learning requirements with you, so that organisers are able to adapt the course content to individual needs.

The Haddenhamn talks will take place from 11:00am — 12:30pm at Woodlands Sheltered Housing, Aylesbury Vale Housing Trust, Butte Furlong, Haddenham, HP17 8JE on the following Mondays: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th September and 3rd and 10th October 2016.

Course Content:

Aimed at Stroke Survivors as well as their Carers, Family and Friends this free series of talks will cover the following topics:

Week 1: Understanding Stroke: information regarding stroke, risk factors and managing/ reducing personal risk

Week 2: Understanding Recovery after Stroke: understanding brain recovery after stroke, different stages of recovery, current approaches and strategies for optimising recovery

Week 3: Healthy Lifestyles: information on how to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease; making healthy choices, how to understand nutritional guidelines and food labelling when shopping

Further weeks — topics to be chosen by course participants:

Medication Management: develop your understanding of the medications used in stroke care (how they work, side-effects etc.)

Managing my Health: how to prepare for health visits, useful tools for self-monitoring and self-management of one's health (for stroke survivors)

Caring for the Carer: focus on the role of carer and the support available (for carers/ family)

Legal matters: learn about the different types of Power of Attorney & when/ how they apply. General information about wills, care-planning etc. (session presented by a specialist solicitor)

Neuropsychological/ Emotional issues following Stroke: management strategies, support services available

Post-Stroke Fatigue/ Post-Stroke Pain: understanding and managing these stroke effects

Thinking & Memory problems after Stroke: understanding and managing these stroke effects

Anger Management/ Stress Management: understanding and managing these issues in daily life

A chance to ask questions, interact with experts, obtain advice & support and meet others living with stroke

For further information, please contact Janeen Hughes. Tel: 07739 746086 or Email: janeen.hughes@stroke.org.uk

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