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

Drummer in Band at Outdoor Concert is a Stroke Survivor


Thursdays in the summer, I love going to the outdoor concerts at El Dorado Nature Center in Long Beach. We bring our camp chairs, a little something for noshing, and sometimes meet up with friends. Last Thursday, the local Long Beach group Corday was playing a great mix of old rock ‘n roll with some country mixed in. What a surprise... Read More



We will be holding our annual picnic at Mae Boyer Park in Lakewood on: Tuesday, August 8 from 11:00 AM-1:30 PM. Location:  6701 Del Amo Blvd, Lakewood, CA 90713 Directions: Click HERE for directions. Lunch will be a potluck – please bring a dish to share.  SSA will provide a few main dishes, water, and supplies. We will have a... Read More

Aging and Best Practices in Maintaining Maximum Function Post-Stroke


Dr. Nancy Gibbs, a retired Kaiser Geriatrician and Palliative Care physician, as well as a stroke survivor herself, will cover these topics: Spasticity Aging and Stroke Maintaining Maximum Function Anything else you wish to address WHEN: A presentation on Tuesday, June 27, 2023 from 10:00-10:45 AM followed by regular support groups WHERE: California Heights United Methodist Church 3759 Orange Ave... Read More

How to Talk to Children When Their Loved One Has Had a Stroke


A stroke is often a life-changing event. Although residual effects vary from person to person, all stroke survivors and their caregivers must find a way to adapt to their new normal. In addition to new therapies, home adaptations, and lifestyle changes, stroke survivors and their support systems also have to figure out how to inform their loved ones of what... Read More



Come to the local community resource Friday, June 16, 10AM – Noon! SENIOR HEALTH & INFORMATION FAIR at the Weingart Senior Center in Lakewood, CA Free health screenings and information table. Please visit the Stroke Support Association table to get information on stroke and related medical conditions.