Farewell to Mary Buck


The Stroke Support Association (SSA) is saddened by the passing on a longtime Board of Director member, Mary Helen Buck.  Among the many things Mary did to support SSA, she headed up the SSA hospital visitor program with Memorial Hospital. Born June 30, 1928. Mary had a full life including her marriage to Jim, her career as a physical therapist,... Read More

Act F.A.S.T.


Show someone you care….Learn the signs and symptoms of stroke    

One Person’s Story


I was a skeptic on the topic of support groups. I knew people who attended such meetings but always felt I was strong enough and independent enough to go it alone; and, in fact, for the first approximately 6 months following my husband’s stroke in early February of this year, that is what I did. I had some help from... Read More

The Night That Lasted 16 Years


“Lois,” I heard faintly, as I was roused from my cozy sleep, “I think I’m having a stroke.” Lionel, my then 51-year-old husband was standing at the foot of our double bed. It wasn’t at all unusual for him to be up at 4:35 AM as he was habitually a nocturnal person. Before he eerily melted in front of me,... Read More

Stroke Support Association’s Annual Holiday Luncheon


            The Holidays Are Best When Spent With Friends! Date:        Tuesday, December 8, 2015 Time:       11:30 am – 1:30 pm Where:     Monte Verde Park 4626 Shadeway, Lakewood, CA 90713 Between Palo Verde and Studebaker and Del Amo and Arbor Road Price: $15 per person Food:       A traditional holiday lunch consisting of delicious turkey and ham... Read More

New SSA Board President Diane Vasquez


The Stroke Support Association, serving the Long Beach area, is pleased to welcome Diane Vasquez as the new Board President. Diane has spent 9 years as police officer in Seal Beach. After a medical retirement, she attended Cal State Fullerton and received a BS in Human Services, Counseling Psychology. She became a full time substitute teacher for Paramount High School,... Read More

Visit the Stroke Support Association Table


Please come visit the Stroke Support Association table at the STROKE SUPPORT AWARENESS PICNIC 2014: Living Well After Stroke.  Learn about the services we provide to stroke survivors, their family and caregivers for the Long Beach area. WHEN: Saturday, May 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. WHERE: UC Irvine’s Hewitt Hall WHAT: Discussion, interaction, fun and food PARKING: Free... Read More

How to Recognize Stroke Symtoms FAST


Face Drooping:      Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop or is it      numb? Arm Weakness:      Ask the person to raise both arms. Is one arm weak or numb? Does one arm drift      downward? Speech Difficulty:      Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “the sky is blue.” Is the... Read More

Stroke Advocacy-Action Alert


Possible Changes in Post-Rehab Benefits for Stroke Survivors on Medicare In less than two weeks, stroke survivors who depend on Medicare will face a new challenge in their post stroke recovery. If Congress does not act by March 31, these survivors will be restricted to $1,920 worth of outpatient therapy services per year. Now is the time for you to... Read More

Join Our Inaugural Social Hour


Stroke Survivor and Caregiver Social Hour Join our first quarterly social hour to socialize with friends and family, share plans for our April break and enjoy a great lunch immediately following the final March Stroke Support meeting! Consider maximizing the day’s fun by joining Ray as he leads us on a leisurely walk to and from Cafe Bixby. Cafe Bixby... Read More