Author Archives for Denise Shiozawa

Audio Replay: Ask the Nurse

February 17, 2022 1:20 pm Published by Comments Off on Audio Replay: Ask the Nurse

Because of the popularity and high engagement of previous sessions, an Ask the Nurse session was held again February 16, 2022, with Angie West, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, ANVP, who is also a Stroke Support Association Board Member. If you missed it, or would like to listen to again, play the audio recording of the session below.


stroke survivor Jasmine Jackson

Meet Jasmine: Stroke survivor, nurse, mother and self-taught artist

February 4, 2022 2:29 pm Published by Comments Off on Meet Jasmine: Stroke survivor, nurse, mother and self-taught artist

Jasmine Jackson is a member of Stroke Support Association’s Stroke Survivor Group Several months ago, Jasmine Jackson began attending our Stroke Survivors’ Support Group via Zoom from her home in Connecticut. Jasmine retired from nursing in 2014 and then decided to pursue her love for art by teaching herself how to paint. The painting below is an example of her... Read More


Jean Bowles

In Memory of Jean Bowles

December 3, 2021 1:30 pm Published by Comments Off on In Memory of Jean Bowles

Stroke Support Association is sad to share the news of the passing of Jean Bergland Bowles. Jean Bowles had come to Stroke Support Association (SSA) many years ago as a loving caregiver to her eldest son John who had suffered a stroke. After John again became independent, Jean became a member of the SSA board, and served many years as... Read More


2021 Stroke Support Association picnic in Long Beach

SSA’s Annual Picnic: Food, Fun, and Fellowship

August 16, 2021 2:51 pm Published by Comments Off on SSA’s Annual Picnic: Food, Fun, and Fellowship

Stroke Support Association held its annual picnic on August 10, 2021 at Mae Bower Park in Lakewood, CA. About 25 stroke survivors, caregivers, and facilitators from SSA’s support groups joined the potluck picnic, which featured a variety of delicious dishes and desserts. Alvin Hayes, Jr., a professional musician, stroke survivor, and SSA Board member entertained us with a live performance... Read More


Long Road Back: Alvin Hayes Jr – Musician and SSA Board Member

July 12, 2021 4:32 pm Published by Comments Off on Long Road Back: Alvin Hayes Jr – Musician and SSA Board Member

Alvin Hayes, Jr. is a stroke survivor and a member of the Stroke Support Association Board. Here is his story of recovery. Article reprinted with permission of Alvin Hayes Jr. and Greg Mellen/Long Beach Post: ‘I Can Play’: Saxophonist Alvin Hayes overcomes a stroke to produce his latest album, ‘The LBC’ Greg Mellen As saxophonist Alvin Hayes Jr. and vocalist... Read More


man suffering a stroke

Things to Do After a Stroke

May 19, 2021 10:09 am Published by Comments Off on Things to Do After a Stroke

Emergency medical treatment is critical after a stroke to stabilize your condition before starting rehabilitation. It’s equally essential for your team of therapy specialists to initiate the rehabilitation process early to regain lost function. It’s the perfect time for you or your loved one (preferably your primary care partner) to educate yourselves and ask the available specialists questions to help... Read More


hiring part-time executive director

Executive Director Wanted

May 15, 2021 11:16 am Published by Comments Off on Executive Director Wanted

The Stroke Support Association, a non-profit organization in Long Beach, CA, is looking to hire an Executive Director. This position reports to the Board of Directors and has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Stroke Support Association’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. Additional responsibilities include some clerical-related duties, community outreach, as well as some grant- and report-writing.... Read More


advance directive

Preparing Ahead: Advance Directives for You and Your Loved Ones

May 8, 2021 2:33 pm Published by Comments Off on Preparing Ahead: Advance Directives for You and Your Loved Ones

May 11 and May 18, 202110:00-10:30 AM during the first half of the Survivors’ MeetingCaregivers welcome to attend Gretchen Phillips, SSA support group facilitator and retired medical social worker, will give a two-part presentation during the first portion of our stroke survivor support group on May 11 and May 18. Caregivers are welcome to attend the presentation portion of these... Read More


aphasia and stroke

Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia of Speech: Tips for Communication

March 28, 2021 1:11 pm Published by Comments Off on Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia of Speech: Tips for Communication

On March 16, 2021, Robin Roope, the Clinical Speech Therapy Lead at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center, gave a presentation titled “Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia: Tips for Communication” via Zoom to the stroke survivors and caregivers who attend our support groups. Robin began her presentation with a definition of aphasia. “Aphasia is when the language center of our brain... Read More