Stroke in Older People and Guidelines for Strengthening Caregivers
Keywords:Stroke, Elderly, Strengthening, Caregivers
Stroke is the second leading cause of death in older people after ischemic heart disease. After discharging from the hospital, these older people are considered as chronic patients who continue to require good care from their caregivers due to both physical and residual disabilities. It is imperative to rely on the caregiver relatives for daily activities and physical therapy to prevent further complications. If a relative who acts as a caregiver has been poorly prepared, it can result in stress because of new roles and lead to exhaustion in new roles. Therefore, healthcare workers need to find ways to strengthen these caregivers. This article covers the contents about types of stroke in elderly, risk factors for stroke in elderly, problems and basic needs of elderly with stroke, factors related to successful caregivers for elderly with stroke, and guidelines for strengthening caregivers. These contents will be useful for nurses to promote and support the relatives who care for older persons with stroke effectively
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