Moments Matter: Fighting for Life’s Most Precious Abilities
If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, dementia, head or spinal cord injury, or other neurological disorder, you know these devastating conditions can alter lives forever. When they steal some of our most precious abilities — speech, movement, thinking, memory, independence — the victims are not only patients, but also the loved ones who care for them.
Chances are good that you know someone struggling with one of these neurological issues:
- Every year in the United States, nearly 800,000 people have a stroke. More than 250 people die each year from stroke in Butler and Warren counties alone.
- Every 68 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.
- As many as 1 million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, with 400,000 suffering from multiple sclerosis.
- Traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries affect close to 2 million people annually.
In every instance and for every patient, moments matter — the ticking time clock until life-saving treatment begins, the invaluable minutes of rehabilitation to regain abilities, the irreplaceable moments spent with family and friends.
Statistics from: Centers for Disease Control, Ohio Department of Health, Alzheimer’s Association, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.