Disability Wessex is backing this month’s Action on Stroke campaign and raising awareness of the symptoms of mini-strokes or TIAs (transient ischaemic attacks).
According to the Stroke Association, 46,000 people in the UK have a mini-stroke every year and although symptoms do not last for long a mini stroke increases the risk of having a stroke later on.
Symptoms can last up to 24 hours and include paralysis, confusion, loss of co-ordination, vision problems and physical weakness.
Disability Wessex is backing the campaign and stressing the importance of being prepared for the future by organising a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) before it’s too late.
A stroke can cause the inability to make major decisions regarding finance and personal welfare and a Lasting Power of Attorney cannot be set up after mental capacity has been lost.
Nikki Haswell, Advice Manager at Disability Wessex, said: “Experiencing a stroke can cause a loss of mental capacity and can occur at any age, even in your 20s!
“If you have a stroke you may lose the ability to make decisions yourself so even if you haven’t received the warning signs yet, it is a good idea to get organised and register an LPA so the people you choose can make the decisions about your life you would want them to.”
Disability Wessex offers LPA advice and can also create and register the document. The service is not-for-profit but does make a small charge for its service.