Are you a stroke survivor aged 65 years old or older, who has had a stroke at least 6 months ago?
We would like to know your views about designing a home-based exercise environment for improving strength and mobility in upper-limbs after a stroke!
About 75% of strokes occur in people 65 or older. In other words it’s an increasing problem the older we get. It’s been estimated that the chance of having a stroke doubles every decade after 55.
Stroke in more elderly patients has strong association with multiple medical complications, poorer functional outcomes, and substantial healthcare cost.
Nevertheless, many stroke more elderly survivors are able to recover functional independence over time.
For survivors and their families, a comprehensive rehabilitation programme is the key to recovery and to enable them to reach their highest level of independence as possible.
Younger people tend to recover better from stroke damage than older people and their recovery may also continue for a longer time period, whereas studies often observe functional decline between 6 and 30 months after stroke onset in patients aged over 65.
BUT importantly, provision of evidence-based and culturally relevant stroke rehabilitation has been shown to improve function and quality of life for over 65s.
And one of the keys to this is that the the evidence also strongly suggests that stroke survivors over 65, at an appropriate time, should be guided to take part in some sort of appropriate regular resistance training that emphasises strengthening both affected and unaffected sides to prevent strength and muscle loss.
An invitation to YOU:
A group of researchers from Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sussex and ARNI partnership would very much like to know your thoughts on designing feasible home exercises for strengthening and mobilising the lower and upper limbs after a stroke.
We would ask like to ask you, in a group Zoom-based interview what your views about rehab/exercise training are. And whether, if you do rehab/exercise, you prefer to use any forms of equipment such as weights, dumbbells, resistance bands and combinations of such items etc..
Do join in! Just click into https://forms.gle/NKLDohwwy3z8FRuA7
Thank you so much!
The Research team
Dr Mohsen Shafizadeh, Dr Khalid Ali, Dr Nasrin Nasr, Dr Tom Balchin, Dr John Hart, Dr John Kelley.