History and Mission Statement


The Beginning

The Stroke Support Association began when a group of Long Beach health care professionals met at a conference and discussed the need for a stroke program to which they could refer patients upon their discharge from the hospital. They saw the need for a program that would bridge the gap between hospital discharge and a subsequent adjustment to a place in the community.

The Stroke Support Association was formed after researching other stroke support programs. The first stroke support and education group meeting was held in November 1980. The program has continued to offer meetings since that time.

Our Mission

The primary mission of the Stroke Support Association is and always has been to assist stroke survivors and family members in optimizing the quality of their lives and their health. The unique needs of people living with stroke—the long “recovery”, the permanence and the challenges that come with the losses and changes—are not and cannot be met through current medical care or other existing community services. It is these needs that the Stroke Support Association program addresses.

Program Goals

The Stroke Support Association, concentrates 100% of its efforts on the issues brought on by stroke by providing free services to stroke survivors, caregivers and family members.

  • Providing information to help understand changes caused by the stroke and to help reduce the risk of another stroke
  • Assisting stroke survivors to achieve maximum levels of recovery
  • Helping family members and caregivers to cope with their individual problems
  • Assisting stroke survivors, caregivers and family members to optimize their quality of life
  • Providing community education on stroke and stroke prevention