Stroke Survivors Set to Rise by 123% in 20 Years
The number of people suffering from strokes in the UK is predicted to rise by 59% in the next two decades, suggesting that the vitality of Occupational Therapists will rise along with it.
The Stroke Association, who gathered the statistics, have warned that the UK will be left dealing with a ‘stroke crisis’ unless greater investment is injected in to prevention research. According to the charity, the number of people experiencing a stroke will grow from 117,600 in 2015, to 187,000 by 2035, with the main reason for this being the UK’s current ageing population.
Other reasons for an increased demand for OT’s in the future include:
Occupational Therapists play a vital role in helping stroke sufferers go about their lives as ‘normal’ as possible, from advising which is the best wheelchair for their needs, to helping adapt a house to suit them. Moreover, their support will prove invaluable to survivors and their loved ones.
The director of external affairs at the Stroke Association, Dominic Brand, commented: "It's clear that we need to act now to prevent the UK from sleepwalking towards a stroke crisis.”
He continues: "The fact is that most strokes are preventable, but there's still a lot we don't know”.