Central Georgia Rehab Hospital held a Stroke Awareness Month event where they gave people the opportunity to experience life as a stroke victim.
Virgil Adams, an attorney who represents Bibb County, was one of the participants.
"I developed a new appreciation for stroke victims and for the disease," he said.
Participants were bound, weighted and partially visually-impaired as stroke patients would be, then they were asked to perform simple tasks like feeding, writing, and getting dressed.
Central Georgia Rehab Hospital Medical Director Allison Scheetz said the goal of the exercise was to personalize stroke to make people understand how common it is.
"Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke," she said.
With numbers like that, Scheetz says it's important to know the warning signs of a stroke. It's easier with the mnemonic device F.A.S.T for face, arm, speech and time.