Age is no barrier to benefiting from stroke rehabilitation, a study has found.
Hong Kong-based research has discovered that people over 80 years old are just as likely to improve following treatment as younger individuals.
The study concludes that victims of strokes should not be considered for rehabilitation on the basis of their age, which goes against the common belief that recovery becomes more difficult with age.
"The most important finding is that irrespective of the age group of the patients, all of them benefited from the rehabilitation program," said Raymond Cheung, neurology specialist at the Queen Mary Hospital hospital where the research was carried out.
About one in five of the study's participants improved their "functional independence" through rehabilitation, regardless of their age at the time.
According to the World Health Organisation, 15 million people a year suffer from a stroke across the globe.