The month of May is Stroke Awareness Month, and the staff at the Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital got a feeling of what their patients go through after surviving a stroke.
Tuesday, during the simulation, staffers were patched up to decrease vision. They were also weighed down by their legs, making it difficult to walk, and limited to using one hand for activities.
"It's always interesting to see how people respond to seeing how patients with a stroke, [deal with] the things that they have to go through," explained occupational therapist Tamara White.
Organizers say stroke awareness is important to Central Georgia because the Southeastern part of the U.S. has the highest death rates due to stroke. They say the key to keeping stroke away is exercise and diet.
"People don't think it's going to happen to them, but lately we've been getting a lot of younger individuals in as admissions that are having strokes earlier in life, and it's easier to prevent a stroke than it is to treat a stroke," added nurse practitioner David Rumph.
The Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital will use art to continue teaching others about stroke awareness. They're hosting the Georgia Artists with Disabilities exhibit, at the hospital, until the end of May.