Member’s Statement – 2017.06.15 – Stroke Month
June 15, 2017
Mr. Len Webber (Calgary Confederation, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, June is Stroke Month in Canada.
More than 400,000 Canadians live with long-term disability from stroke. That number is expected to double in the next 20 years.
Due to increased awareness of the signs of stroke and improvements in early stroke management, most people – 80% in fact – now survive a stroke.
Recovery can take months or years, even for milder strokes, and many people never fully recover. It is a long, costly and difficult road.
Acute care has improved dramatically, unfortunately the system has not kept pace.
There are gaps in rehabilitation, community services and support.
Family caregivers play a critical role in rehabilitation, and it is stressful and exhausting.
The Heart & Stroke Foundation is ready to help, but needs our support. Support for both patients and caregivers.
Together, with stakeholders, we can raise awareness and improve stroke outcomes for thousands of Canadians.<Back to Members’ Statements