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    Stroke Awareness – Content by Judy

    Yes, it is a true emergency!! If anyone, any age has sudden numbness in their face, arm, leg, especially on one side of the body. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, lack of coordination. Sudden severe headache with no known cause. Call 911 right away!! This is a real emergency. If left unattended the consequences can be life altering if not fatal.

    If you think someone might be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T.

    F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

    A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

    S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?

    T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away.

    The sooner someone is treated the better the outcome. Strokes can be potentially reversed or at least stopped if a stroke is treated within the first 3 hours. Call an ambulance. Do not drive them!! The crew on the ambulance can start treatment sooner and the outcome will be better. You want life-saving treatment as soon as possible!!

    If you think you are having a stroke call 911 right away. You might not be able to make that call even a few minutes later.

    Every year over 800,000 people have a stoke. Nearly 150,000 die each year. Strokes are the leading cause of serious long-term disability. BUT 80% of strokes are PREVENTABLE!!

    Most strokes are caused by clots blocking blood flow in the brain and strokes are a leading cause of disability. Some ways to prevent or lower your risk of having a stroke is to stop smoking, limit alcohol,  maintain a healthy weight, eat plenty of veggies and fruit, and exercise. Also be sure you are managing your diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and heart disease. Stress and depression can also contribute to the risk of a stroke.

    By looking at your own risk factors  of having a stroke and living a healthier lifestyle you can help reduce the odds of having a stroke. Be sure to review all of this with your health care professionals. Check with them before taking or changing supplements to see if they are right for you. Get regular checkups. Reach out to other professionals for help to improve your lifestyle.

    And it is never too late to change! Talk to your doctor and modify some things in your life!!

    Friday, May 7th and June 4th from 10 to 11am- Pop-Up drive-Thru Food Pantry

    The Town of Preston is sponsoring a Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Pantry on
    Friday, May 7th and June 4th from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

    The program is sponsored by United Community & Family Services, Gemma
    Moran Labor Food Bank, United Way, Charter Oak Bank, Eastern Bank, Norwich
    Public Utilities and several other banking institutions. Their efforts make it
    possible for us to lend a helping hand to our community.

    Thanks also to the volunteers who do traffic control, pack groceries, deliver
    food to the vehicles and make every single participant feel welcome!

    Mondays- Chair Yoga through Zoom

    Time: 10:00am to 11:00am

    A complete yoga practice using the support of a chair. Breathing techniques, yoga philosophy, meditation and deep relaxation are woven into each class. In this fun and informative class, students will take home tools for mindfulness and relaxation as well as movements for energizing and stretching the body. Chair yoga classes are targeted for ages 60+ but classes are open to all adults and abilities. Dates February 22 – March 29, 2021 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Location: Online via Zoom. Fee: $38.00 for session (6 weeks). Contact Preston Park & Recreation at 860-887-5581 ext. 117 to register for the program.

    UniteCT- Do You Need Help Paying Rent due to COVID-19?

    UniteCT is an emergency rental assistance for Connecticut’s economy. Have you been financially impacted by COVID-19? Are you struggling to pay your rent and utilities? Apply for UniteCT, a rental assistance program supporting CT residents who earn up to 80% of the HUD Area Median Income and their landlords. You may qualify for the opportunity to receiver…..Missed electric
    outstanding payments, Missed rent or future rent payments. To learn more and see if you qualify, visit: www.bit.ly/UniteCT or for additional information, call 1- 844-864-8328.