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

Empowering stroke survivors and their families with resources to recover, reclaim, and rebuild their lives.

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