Hi @Hunter1 just wanted to let you know there is another site called Different Strokes https://differentstrokes.co.uk/ they are a charity for younger stroke survivors (under 65 I think) and they have a Facebook community I think you would benefit from. Not that you aren’t welcome here as well, but I hear where you are coming from I’ve never used it myself but have heard good things about it so you need to give it a try
There may also be some useful links within the Welcome post below
@EmeraldEyes @Susan_Jane @Hunter1
Different Strokes accepted me even though they first insisted on establishing that I was just a wee bit above their age guideline. Good on them, I strongly disapprove of ageism.
They have similar Q&A postings but obvs in Facebook format. I would caution that they do seem to have a lot more rants than we have here. Quantity isn’t everything of course and I do feel that our rants are of a superior quality, often offering the opportunity for an appropriate comedic slapdown.
Yes there are some topics of specific interest to the young as there are to the old. For example I don’t have the challenge of very young children such as one-handed nappy changing!
Generally I think we’re all better off embracing the diversity with tolerance and inclusion. Both communities have some groups with special interest
I think DS like this forum is actually made by the members not by the hosting organisation. Something that is less understood here than there. DS also have some more of a community outside of the platform - EG the abseiling days & two recent in person get-togethers.
The Facebook algorithms do DS community a disservice. They are designed to generate addiction by having a fast flow of new topics (because facebook’s customer are the advertisers for whom they sell generated demographic information) The result is there is not the depth of discussion that sometimes happens here EG the thread on post stroke central pain.
It has the advantage though that the world and their dog already has familiarity with Facebook. Also that everybody already has a Facebook account. & It also has the advantage that it’s a closed group whereas this one is publicly visible - so that the search engines drive traffic to the host organisation’s websites - although that’s slightly broken by using a separate domain name - a strategic error?
The community there has its stalwarts like Mel, Jill, Anthony, Charlotte and previously Rosh that are equivalent to many here. DS is less tolerant of links to other charitable organisations - protection of fundraising perhaps.
DS It’s just one of a whole slew of Facebook groups I think I’m a member of about 10 that are specifically stroke plus there is discord and redit too.