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

Risk Factor for Stroke: High Blood Pressure


May is National Stroke Awareness Month. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a leading risk factor for stroke. Nearly 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, and almost a third of those don’t know they have it. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year—more often if you have a history of high blood pressure, have had... Read More

Would you know a stroke if you had one?


May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Stroke strikes FAST, and you should, too! Many people don’t know that being able to recognize and respond to stroke symptoms can save lives. A stroke or “brain attack” occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of... Read More

Stroke Support Association Class at CSUF


On Thursday, April 24, representatives from Stroke Support Association in Long Beach gave a presentation on stroke to the “Communications and Aging” class at Cal State University, Fullerton. This is the second consecutive year that Professor Ying-Chia Tsao, PhD, has invited Stroke Support Association to lead a class. The non-profit Stroke Support Association provides support, education, and resources to stroke survivors,... Read More

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