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Importance of OT and PT after a stroke

The Importance of Physical and Occupational Therapies After a Stroke

March 26, 2024 11:15 am Published by Comments Off on The Importance of Physical and Occupational Therapies After a Stroke

A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke can be devastating, often resulting in physical disabilities and limitations. However, with the help of Physical and Occupational Therapies, stroke survivors can significantly improve their quality of life and regain their independence. DIFFERENCE... Read More


Come join us at Stroke Support Association's 2022 Holiday Luncheon

Please Join Us at our 2023 Annual Holiday Luncheon

November 6, 2023 12:24 pm Published by Comments Off on Please Join Us at our 2023 Annual Holiday Luncheon

WHEN: Tuesday, December 05, 2023, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM WHERE: Golden Sails Hotel Best Western6285 Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach CA 90803 COST: $40 per personSpecial Needs Fund available upon prior confidential request at time of RSVP for current members. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 24 Register below, and pay online. Payments will be processed securely through SSA’s PayPal account, but... Read More


Lois Mosing, long-time Stroke Support Association Board member passes

In Memory of Lois Mosing

February 10, 2023 10:58 am Published by Comments Off on In Memory of Lois Mosing

Lois Mosing, a long-time supporter and spokesperson of the Stroke Support Association (SSA), died September 27, 2022. She became a member of SSA in 1982 and retired from the Board of Directors in 2018. Lois was passionate about educating the community on stroke awareness. Her husband Lionel received stroke rehabilitation for over two years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long... Read More


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