VICTIMS TRAPPED IN THEIR OWN HOMES
“STROKES make you a prisoner in your own home.”
So says Terence Cramer, an 88-year-old former musician from north London who suffered a stroke 16 years ago.
“It happened while I was on holiday in France with my late wife.
“I woke up and felt a bit funny. Next thing I knew I was in hospital.”
Mr Cramer had suffered a severe stroke, which paralysed the left side of his body.
“Thankfully my speech and sight were unimpaired,” he said.
Mr Cramer takes painkillers and does daily exercises to build up his strength.
He says the hardest thing to cope with is not being able to get around under his own steam.
“I can’t drive because I can’t use my left hand. You feel very lonely — that’s the worst thing.
“I go out a couple of times a week to the Jewish Care Stroke Club where I meet others in similar circumstances, and to the Sobell Centre where I do Hebrew and music appreciation classes.
“Getting out is marvellous. It is so important, along with having people around you who care.” For details of the Jewish Care Stroke Club, contact Jewish Care Direct on 0208 922 2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org