Friday, July 5, 2019

Promoting life after stroke at the Stroke Games in Malaysia

World Stroke Organization SSO member the National Stroke Association of Malaysia (NASAM) was founded in 1995 by Janet Yeo after her remarkable recovery from a crippling stroke. NASAM’s mission is to promote stroke prevention awareness and to inform the public that there can be life after stroke with rehabilitation and long term support.
Stroke is the second leading cause of death in Malaysia, where six strokes occur every hour and over 50,000 new cases are reported each year. At its nine stroke centres, NASAM therapists conduct rehabilitation sessions which include physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy to help stroke survivors regain their confidence and independence. NASAM also organises a range of activities to support daily living, these include cooking, art and craft, singing, music and movement and games.

NASAM recognises that as well as the physical effects of stroke, there are also emotional effects such as depression, anxiety, anger and denial. NASAM therefore also offers counselling services to enable people affected by stroke to find relief and to reinforce the importance of their view and significance of them as a person. At times, counselling is also provided to family members who have trouble coping or adapting to the responsibilities that have changed their lifestyles in caring for a stroke survivor.

NASAM’s objective to increase general awareness about stroke is the impetus behind their talks and forums. Open to the public, NASAM invites medical doctors, and other stroke-related specialists to talk about stroke prevention and stroke rehabilitation.

On an annual basis NASAM organizes nation-wide campaigns to raise public awareness of the risks of stroke and to encourage the public to take positive steps to adopt a healthier lifestyle to reduce their risk of stroke. The programme includes events to encourage the public to be more physically active.  There are also forums, chat shows on TV and radio, and open days at NASAM centres.

From 19-20 October 2019 NASAM will organize its second STROKE GAMES at the Panasonic National Sports Complex, Shah Alam, Selangor. The goal of the STROKE GAMES is to help stroke survivors in their recovery and to develop the “never give up” attitude. NASAM’s tagline is “CELEBRATING LIFE AFTER STROKE”. 

The Games showcase the abilities of stroke survivors and the possibilities of life after a stroke. The event helps people to regain confidence and dignity and instils a new outlook to living life.Sports include individual and group challenges such as basketball shoots, darts, obstacle races, baton relays, seated volleyball, lawn bowling, distance throws, modified weightlifting, modified archery, hand cycle, triathlon, 50m walk, 50m walk with hurdles, 300m walk, table and cognitive games.

The Games are also an opportunity to generate awareness of stroke in Malaysia where stroke awareness is still low and many people experiencing a stroke do not seek medical help fast enough.

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