Stroke club information

ON Friday March 9 and 30, Gemma Smith and Hannah Longlands from the Stroke Association will be at the Wisbech Stroke Club meetings at the Library in Wisbech from 1.15pm to 2.45pm.

They will be explaining methods and ideas for communicating better with those who suffer with aphasia as a result of their stroke.

Aphasia currently effects more than a quarter of a million people in the UK with problems with speaking, reading, writing or understanding language. This communication disability is caused by damage to the language centres of the brain.

It can come as the result of a stroke, head injury, brain tumour or other neurological illness. It should be noted that intellect is rarely affected.

“Although my stroke has left me with physical difficulties, I think myself lucky that I do not have any major problems from aphasia but some of our members have been badly affected and the impact it has on their lives is dreadful,” said Patricia Spriggs, Wisbech Stroke Club treasurer.

“The club already helps to improve life for all the members and we are hoping this training will provide us with even more ways to support stroke survivors,” Patricia added.

If you would like more information about the club or to come along to the training, contact Sue Lowe, the club chairman, on 01945-772824 or email susan@slowe9.wanadoo.co.uk