‘Make May Purple’ is the Stroke Association’s annual awareness month, which takes place every May and invites friends, families and communities to show their support for people who have been affected by stroke.
As a market-leading UK health and social care provider and one that supports dozens of people who have suffered a stroke, we’re proud to support the initiative this year.
At Clarriots Care, we support people up and down the country to remain independent in their own homes and as such, our care teams understand the need to be able to identify the symptoms of stroke quickly and how best to respond following a stroke.
For anyone that isn’t aware, a stroke put simply is a brain attack that happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Strokes were traditionally considered a disease of the retired and while most strokes do still occur over the age of 65, poor lifestyle choices are increasingly putting younger generations at risk.
The situation is made worse by the challenges faced in spotting symptoms; a stroke can go undetected and can hide behind the mask of other problems such migraine, vertigo or drugs and alcohol. Obesity, stress, high blood pressure and drug use have all been identified as key contributing factors. Ultimately, the longer you have these risk factors or make these lifestyle choices, the more likely you are to have a stroke.
If you want to get involved this month, you could do anything from dying your hair purple to wearing something purple to work – just take a photo and post it to social media with the hashtag #MakeMayPurple.