Let’s combine a bit of awareness building with brain building!
May is National Stroke Awareness Month. The National Stroke Association developed Act FAST, a campaign to help you determine if someone you are with is having a stroke.
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 sentence. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
T = TIME If you observe any of these signs (independently or together), call 9-1-1 immediately.
This technique is called a mnemonic device – a means to remember something using letters as cues. Use the letters F A S T to come up with a way to help you remember something. It can be a to-do list or procedure or a group of items but use the letters to trigger you.
For example, if I want to remember where I put my keys I might say:
F = Follow path I used when came in the room.
A = Ask family members if anyone moved keys.
S = Search under the papers and inside the freezer.
T = Take a deep breath, calm down, and re-look.
What can you come up with?
Please take the time to learn more about the warning signs of a stroke. Fast action could save someone’s quality of life!
Learn more or support stroke research at www.stroke.org.