Launch of Roscommon’s first stroke support group

County Roscommon’s first ever weekly support group for stroke survivors will be launched by the Irish Heart Foundation and members of the Roscommon University Hospital stroke team at a public information evening in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon on September 29th.

  The group is the ninth in a network of stroke clubs being developed by the Irish Heart Foundation around the country after research among stroke survivors revealed the high importance they place on weekly support to aid their recovery.

  The aim of the group is to offer support, assistance, advice and physical therapies, as well as a social outlet, to stroke survivors and their carers. Weekly meetings will commence in October. Membership is free and will be open to anyone who has had a stroke, or been affected by the condition.

  Commenting on the launch of the initiative, Dr. Gerry O’Mara, Consultant Physician in Roscommon University Hospital said: “A stroke is an illness in which part of the brain is suddenly severely damaged or destroyed. Strokes affect different people in different ways, depending on the type of stroke, the area of the brain affected and the extent of the brain injury, and the impact can range from very mild to severely devastating.

  “Rehabilitation and support services are crucial in helping to minimise the effects of stroke and reduce the impact on the person’s and family’s lives. We are delighted to partner with the Irish Heart Foundation to provide a weekly Support Group to all those in Roscommon affected by stroke.”

  The launch of the Stroke Support Group will take place in Hannon’s Hotel, Roscommon from 6.30 pm to 8.15 pm on Thursday, September 29th next. Key speakers will include Dr. O’Mara; Colette Gill, Speech and Language Therapist, Roscommon; and Eileen Joyce, Quest Brain Injury service.

  Anyone who wishes to attend the meeting should email: advocacy@irishheart.ie with their name, address and contact information, or phone Colette on 086-0478082 or Maura on 087-9826589.