John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States and the first president who was a son of a president. Adams served one term, 1825-1829, and was the first president not to take the oath of office on the bible. Adams was a very religious man who felt that the bible should be only used for religious reasons. Adams took the Oath of Office on a book of American laws in effect saying that he was taking his oath to the Constitution.

Adams was elected to the House of Representatives in 1831 and served until he died of a stroke in 1848, two days after collapsing on the floor of the House.

As the US Mint releases the John Quincy Adams dollar coin, the National Stroke Associations will join with the Mint to bring stroke awareness to the forefront.

The National Stroke Association is promoting the FAST method for recognizing stroke symptoms:

  • F = FACE Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop?
  • A = ARM Ask the person to hold both arms outstretched, does one arm drift downward?
  • S = SPEECH Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, does the speech sound slurred?
  • T = TIME If anyone experiences any of these symptoms, time to call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to the nearest stroke center hospital

It is a good idea to remember the FAST method. Not only it could save a loved one’s life, it can save yours!

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