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A new study published in the Annals of Neurology shows that the incidence of ischemic stroke decreased by 36 percent among Caucasian or Mexican-Americans ages 60 and older between 2000 and 2010.

It’s a promising statistic. But for the 795,000 people who will experience a stroke in the United States this year, the need for care and resources is still strong.

Stroke is characterized by difficulty walking, difficulty speaking, and paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg. It may also involve sudden changes in vision. Among those who experience a stroke, 40 percent require special care for moderate or severe impairments and another 10 percent require care in a nursing home or long-term care facility, according to the National Stroke Association.

While it is ideal to already have care available in this situation, many survivors will need to find long-term care quickly following a stroke. You may not have the time to research every retirement community and nursing home in the country. But it’s important to ask certain questions in person before selecting a provider.

A new guide from offers tips for thoughtfully choosing long-term care—even when you don't have the time for an extensive search. Your selection may ultimately come down to affordability or location, but it’s important to also evaluate cleanliness, safety and other factors.

For a complete list of questions to ask on a long-term care tour and to learn how to find the appropriate community, download the free guide, “How to Find Long-term Care in a Crisis.” offers tips and information on successful aging, retirement and making the most of "what's next" in your life. The website is brought to you by, one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living communities.

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