Stroke affects us during the prime of life when we are actively engaged in school, careers and parenting. Physically, our strokes occur for reasons similar to older adults. But, our rehabilitative experiences are vastly different.
A stroke is any event that disrupts blood flow in the brain. When blood can’t get where it needs to go in the brain, cells die and your abilities to speak, move, think and understand the world are affected.
Too many people think stroke only happens to the elderly. The truth is anyone can have a stroke.
Defining Young Stroke
YoungStroke defines “young stroke” as a first-time stroke event occurring between the ages of 18 and 64 – the age prior to Medicare eligibility in America. By applying this definition, a stroke survivor may currently be 74, but identify as a young stroke survivor if their first stroke occurred at age 38.
We are aware of the current inconsistency in literature reporting multiple age ranges associated with young stroke. While there are no standardized parameters at this time, YoungStroke chooses to adopt this definition to maximize inclusion of young stroke survivors.
Our advocacy efforts exclusively address the needs of adults within this context and are not inclusive of pediatric stroke.
Note: None of the information provided on the Website is meant to be interpreted as medical advice. Always consult with a doctor about any health concerns you may have.