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


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!


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


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


  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


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?


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

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center’s Annual Women’s Heart & Stroke Seminar


The Memorial Care Heart & Vascular Institute and Comprehensive Stroke Center at Long Beach Medical Center are hosting their 13th Annual Women’s Heart & Stroke Seminar: Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Location: 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90806 Registration: $25.00 At the seminar, you’ll learn how to manage risk factors for heart disease... Read More

SSA Presents Tracy Markley – Stroke Recovery & Exercise


The length and quality of physical therapy following a stroke can be limited by insurance coverage. The end of insurance-covered PT can leave many feeling lost or giving up. However, in most cases, education and understanding why specific exercises are needed can further recovery indefinitely. Speaker Tracy Markley, Fitness Specialist, Stroke and Exercise Expert, and Author, will talk about how... Read More

Learn more about SSA at the Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays


Every first Friday of the month the BIXBY KNOLLS BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION and members stay open late and invite you to explore our shops, enjoy live music, try our excellent restaurants and bars, and of course, see local art. Stroke Support Association is represented at the First Fridays by a board member. Please stop by our table and say hello.... Read More