Author Archives for Mike Sasso

What Do You Do to Take Care of Yourself?

November 18, 2020 2:07 pm Published by Comments Off on What Do You Do to Take Care of Yourself?

At a recent caregiver support group held by Stroke Support Association via Zoom, facilitator Dr. Jane Claus asked the question: “What do you do to take care of yourself?” The answers proved particularly helpful to a newcomer to the group, who was experiencing the confusion and overwhelm of her new caregiving role. Helen, whose husband Ray had his stroke 17 years ago, said: “I cried a... Read More


Care for the Caregiver of a Stroke Survivor.

November 2, 2020 12:27 pm Published by Comments Off on Care for the Caregiver of a Stroke Survivor.

Caregivers provide essential long-term support for stroke survivors’ recovery and rehabilitation. They face the challenge of balancing caregiving with personal time, family, work, and other commitments. Over 53 million Americans are caregivers and are as diverse as those they care for daily. They are spouses, parents, siblings, partners, adult children, grandchildren, and family friends. Caregivers Need Care, Too Discharge from the hospital... Read More


Stroke leg therapy study participant recruitment

Study to Improve Walking after Stroke

May 28, 2020 6:28 pm Published by Comments Off on Study to Improve Walking after Stroke

UPDATED! Time post stroke has been expanded to include patients who have had a stroke in the last 5 years (was 2 years). The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine is conducting a research study that explores the possibility of using brain waves to control a functional electrical stimulation device to help stroke patients improve their walking.... Read More


Stroke Support Association support groups via Zoom during COVID pandemic

Stroke Survivors Give Tips on Navigating the Scary and Confusing Early Stages of Recovery

May 17, 2020 2:31 pm Published by Comments Off on Stroke Survivors Give Tips on Navigating the Scary and Confusing Early Stages of Recovery

During the safer-at-home orders spurred by the Coronavirus pandemic, Stroke Support Association (SSA) has been holding weekly ZOOM meetings that include both stroke survivors and caregivers. For the first time, on May 12, 2020, we held two separate meetings—one for stroke survivors and one for caregivers, as is our practice when we are able to meet in person. The survivors’ group... Read More


Meet Mary: Life Beyond Stroke

March 31, 2020 9:24 am Published by Comments Off on Meet Mary: Life Beyond Stroke

Meet Mary T, age 61 Occupation: Former Database Analyst. Hobbies: Reading (Mary belongs to a book club); walking. Mary takes classes at Olli (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which is for people over 50 years of age) in Long Beach. She has taken current events classes, a yoga class, The Global Update, and Fear Not, I Speak Shakespeare. Volunteer duties: Stroke... Read More


Stroke Support Association has been Nominated for a National Award!

March 24, 2020 12:51 pm Published by Comments Off on Stroke Support Association has been Nominated for a National Award!

Every year, the American Stroke Association hosts the Stroke Hero Awards. This national award honors those who have showcased resilience and outstanding progress in the stroke community. Stroke Support Association has been chosen as a finalist from over 100 outstanding nominations. Please help us win this award by voting for us online daily starting today through April 2, 2020. Don’t... Read More


Reduce Your Risks of Falls After Stroke

March 10, 2020 10:22 am Published by Comments Off on Reduce Your Risks of Falls After Stroke

A Presentation Given to Stroke Support Association On two consecutive Tuesdays (February 25 and March 3, 2020), Gretchen Phillips, a support group facilitator, teacher of Matter of Balance at Leisure World, and retired social worker, gave a two-part presentation on reducing falls after stroke to the members of Stroke Support Association (SSA) in Long Beach. Michelle Chung, a physical therapist... Read More


POSTPONED: Game Therapy System: Improving Quality of Life through Entertainment and Activity

March 9, 2020 1:09 pm Published by Comments Off on POSTPONED: Game Therapy System: Improving Quality of Life through Entertainment and Activity

  Stroke Support Association presents games and activities designed for adults with cognitive impairment or developmental disabilities as a result of stroke, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, or ALS. Learn about a newly released, patented non-electric activity system that may be helpful to you or someone you know. This system provides engagement and interaction and promotes positive emotions and use of cognitive... Read More


Two-part Presentation: Reduce your Risks of Falls after Stroke

February 21, 2020 10:49 am Published by Comments Off on Two-part Presentation: Reduce your Risks of Falls after Stroke

Stroke survivors are at high risk of falls due to loss of control over an affected arm or leg, compromised balance, and cognitive impairment. According to the American Stroke Association, “…up to 73% of stroke survivors experience a fall in the first six months after discharge home,” and the threat can remain long afterward. Physical therapy is crucial, but so... Read More


Stroke Recovery & Exercise: When Physical Therapy Ends, Then What?

February 21, 2020 10:46 am Published by Comments Off on Stroke Recovery & Exercise: When Physical Therapy Ends, Then What?

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, Tracy Markley, a fitness specialist, stroke and exercise expert and author, presented “Stroke Recovery & Exercise: When Physical Therapy Ends, Then What?” to the members of Stroke Support Association (SSA) in Long Beach. Tracy spoke of how and in what order the brain communicates with the limbs and how to use exercise tools such as... Read More