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WCU to hold panel discussion for stroke patients, caregivers

The College of Health and Human Sciences at Western Carolina University will host a panel presentation on stroke treatment and recovery, with multiple opportunities for open dialogue and interaction between participants. 

Refreshments and information on assistance available to family and caregivers of stroke victims also will be provided.

WCU's Health and Human Sciences Building on Little Savannah Road in Cullowhee.

WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building on Little Savannah Road in Cullowhee.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Room 204, Health and Human Sciences Building, 4121 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee. The event will include short presentations from nine speakers on different areas of care, round table discussions and a 30-minute question-and-answer session.

A stroke occurs when blood flow to an area of the brain is cut off, causing brain cells to be deprived of oxygen. According to the American Heart Association, it is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the U.S. Suffering a stroke affects abilities such as memory and muscle control, and can cause paralysis and speech impairment.

“This free event is a collaborative community effort, giving tips and information to help individuals with stroke and help those people who care for them,” said Emory E. Prescott, assistant adjunct professor and clinical supervisor with WCU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. “The panel discussion will be important for someone who has a diagnosis of stroke, their family and friends, stroke caregivers, undergraduate and graduate students and health care professionals. Considering that nearly 800,000 people will experience a stroke this year, with a stroke occurring every 40 seconds, this is an important topic relevant to almost everyone.”

The panel discussion is part of a College of Health and Human Sciences fall lecture series and is presented by the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department. Light refreshments will be provided by the HHS Education Strategies Committee. To learn more or to preregister, contact Penny Parker at 828-227-3381 or pjparker@wcu.edu.

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