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

Meet Ali Parker


Ali Parker has suffered three strokes in her life: the first when she was 18 months old, the second at 21 years old, and the third at age 37. She is, today, only 46. All of her strokes were caused by arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), which are tangles of blood vessels that cause irregular connections between arteries and veins. When she was... Read More

Ask the Experts


A Q&A Session for Stroke Related Concerns Wednesday, October 11, 2023 via Zoom 10:00-11:00 AM. Stroke Survivors, Caregivers and the public are welcome to attend. A Zoom invitation will be sent out the day before. If not already on our Zoom list, please email to receive the meeting link. MEET THE PANEL Angie West, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, ANVP, the... Read More

Anthony, a Two-Time Stroke Survivor, Sets Goal a Second Time of Returning to Work


Anthony Schember, age 64, had his first stroke at age 50 and his second at age 63. Both were hypertensive hemorrhagic strokes. Anthony’s first stroke resulted in some left-side paralysis, particularly affecting his fine motor skills. About one month after discharge from the hospital, Anthony came to his first stroke survivor support group at Stroke Support Association. He said to himself,... Read More

Post-Stroke Depression


Mental health is getting quite a bit of attention these days, and the effects of that attention are rippling into every area of our society. Those effects are making their way to the stroke survivors’ community as well, and post-stroke depression (PSD) has become an area that is garnering more and more interest. PSD presents similarly to generalized depression, but... Read More

A Stroke Survivor and a Caregiver Reap the Benefits of T’ai Chi Chih


Nancy Rolf-Johnson, left, is the Tai Chi Chih instructor at the Bixby Knolls Park (above) and Heartwell Park. Dorothea Elpusan, a member of our caregiver support group, and Paul Gonzalez, a member of our stroke survivor group, have known each other since elementary school and are now engaged.  Dorothea reports on an exercise class she takes with Paul:  “Paul and... Read More