Born in Paris, France, Nicolas De Gaulejac, just 18 years old and already an accomplished musician, embarked on European tours with his brother, also a musician. He earned his Master of Music degree from Agostini Private Drum School, France, and also studied at The Toulouse Conservatory in France. To further pursue his career, Nicolas moved to California and attended Musicians... Read More

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

Running Lessons


Re-learning to Run After a Stroke At the tail end of 2020, I had an ischemic stroke that made it impossible to move my right leg and arm, blocked half my vision, and robbed me of the ability to speak. When I finally woke up, weeks later, all I could think was, “I should have run more when I had... Read More

First Stroke Survivors Beach Walk


Stroke Support Association caregiver member Dorothea shared photos from the first 3rd Saturday of the Month Stroke Survivors Beach Walk.  The inaugural walk was kicked off February 17, 2024,  after a last-minute cancellation in January due to a torrential downpour. For safety, the monthly walks will be cancelled if it rains. Everybody is invited to participate. Twenty stroke survivors and... Read More

Caregiver Stress Management


Caregiving is a labor of love. Many nurses describe the path to their career as a “calling.” They have a deep desire to take care of those around them, to leave folks better off than they found them. Caregiving has a similar path, although often people who find themselves in a caregiver role may describe it as more of a... Read More

2023 Holiday Luncheon


Stroke Support Association’s annual holiday luncheon was held December 05 at Best Western Golden Sails Hotel in Long Beach.

The Importance of Medication Adherence and Stroke Prevention


Strokes bring on many lifestyle changes. Most survivors are sent home from the hospital with a multitude of new medications to prevent subsequent strokes. These medications (such as blood thinners) are important. For example, Cleveland Clinic notes that survivors face the highest risk of another stroke within the first two days, but they remain vulnerable even up to one year after the first... Read More

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

The Unexpected Mental Health Fallout After a Stroke


An online presentation by Angie Read, stroke survivor and author.   WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 10:00-10:55 AM Pacific Time (geared to stroke survivors) and at 11:00-11:55 AM (geared to caregivers) You survived a stroke, but now you’re dealing with the painful uncertainty, anxiety, and depression left in its wake. You’re ready to take control and take back your... Read More