In commemorating World Stroke Day on 29 October, we share the stories of how two stroke survivors get back on their feet and regain their independence.
Stepping Out with Confidence
60-year-old Mr Lim Chin Huat was working as a plumber when he had a stroke in 2018. His self-confidence took a hit as he dealt with the after-effects of the illness. Mr Lim had to walk slower as he feared falling due to poor balance and was weaker on the left side of his body. At one point, he did not want to take public transport and felt ashamed of his disabilities.
Mr Lim enrolled in SPD’s Transition to Employment programme in mid-2018, with the aim to go back to the mainstream workforce. Through vocational training, he obtained the necessary certifications to gain employment in the food and beverage sector. A more confident and happier Mr Lim is now working as a service staff with Sushi Express in May 2019.
Successful Return to Normalcy After Stroke
Mr Charlson Manor is a director of a company which designs and fabricates the interior of ships. A multi-regional stroke in early 2020 affected his movement, balance, memory as well as speech. Mr Manor required supervision in ambulating in the community and assistance in recalling events or even remembering his shopping list.
A few months into rehabilitation sessions at the SPD Rehabilitation Centre, Mr Manor is now independent in moving about in the community and has started driving. He is looking forward to returning to work.
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Singapore, and the leading cause of adult disability. However, 80 per cent of strokes can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as the following:
- Go for regular health screening
- Have a balanced diet
- Exercise regularly
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Stop smoking
- Limit alcohol intake
SingHealth. (2018). Stroke. Retrieved October 28, 2020