Life After Stroke: Barbara Wilder


The National Stroke Association presented its Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence [RAISE] Awards on October 19, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. Barbara Wilder, a stroke survivor from the Stroke Support Association in Long Beach, was presented the Most Impactful award. This award honors an individual who demonstrates improved patient and stroke community outcomes. Mrs. Wilder is a 14-year stroke survivor and ambassador... Read More

Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation


In November of 2012, the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation (JSGF) awarded the Stroke Support Association a $10,000 grant. We at SSA are deeply grateful. A long-time resident of Long Beach, Josephine S. Gumbiner was a social worker and clinical therapist who held positions at Family Service of Long Beach, the Los Angeles County Department of Adoptions, and United Way, among... Read More

Introducing Our New Executive Director


Betsy Hardiman became the new Executive Director of the Stroke Support Association on January 10th of this year. Her previous experience includes working as the office administrator for Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes and as a product development coordinator for Teleflora, Inc., in West LA. Before that, while living in New York City, she was a copyeditor/proofreader at... Read More

Jazz to Benefit SSA


Alvin Hayes, Jr., a renowned American jazz saxophonist and flutist who has made chart-topping albums, will be performing this spring to help raise funds for the Stroke Support Association in Long Beach. Playing his signature saxophone, Alvin will lead a concert consisting of a quintet (drums, keyboard, guitar, bass, and sax) and a vocalist. The Benefit Concert will be held... Read More