Stroke is the third leading cause of death after cancer and heart disease, but the majority of people survive stroke. In fact, over 85% of people do, and of these, after a very short stay in hospital or rehabilitation, over 80% are discharged home. But the majority will have some disability. Only 25% of stroke survivors recover completely according to Canadian Institutes for Health Information, 2006. While the level of disability varies, most survivors will have to deal with moderate to severe functional and cognitive limitations. It is not enough to increase quantity of life; the challenge now is to improve the quality of life in the community after the medical system has released the survivor from medical institution
Stroke Survivors Association of Ottawa (SSAO) understands the challenges that survivors, carepartners, and family members face; and the rewards that community stroke re-engagement can provide. We encourage you to learn more about stroke and community re-engagement. To assist you we have prepared information that is essential to those who are new to stroke
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