AN INTRODUCTION OF FIVE WISHES FOR ADVANCE DIRECTIVE

1.7.22

Have you completed an advance directive, by itself or as part of a living will or trust? It’s a good idea to review your forms every few years and sometimes you may want to add details that weren’t in your original document. Using the Five Wishes Advance Directive Described as “Living Will with Heart and Soul”, the Five Wishes advance... Read More

In Memory of Jean Bowles

12.3.21

Stroke Support Association is sad to share the news of the passing of Jean Bergland Bowles. Jean Bowles had come to Stroke Support Association (SSA) many years ago as a loving caregiver to her eldest son John who had suffered a stroke. After John again became independent, Jean became a member of the SSA board, and served many years as... Read More

End-of-Session Luncheon

11.10.21

Our end-of-session luncheon after the in-person groups is on Tuesday, November 23 at the Black Bear Diner in Signal Hill.  (Interesting fact: “Signal Hill is a city in Los Angeles County, California. Located high on a hill, the city is an enclave completely surrounded by the city of Long Beach.”) There are directions to Black Bear Diner included with the flyer.... Read More

In Memoriam: Dr. Ruth Hayes

10.21.21

  Dr. Ruth Hayes, Member of SSA’s Caregiver Support Group and Board of Directors   Dr. Ruth, as we at Stroke Support Association (SSA) affectionately called her, passed away on July 2, 2021. She had a rich life and an exceptional career, punctuated by a spate of volunteer positions. She was also a great friend and supporter of Stroke Support... Read More

Ask the Nurse October 27

10.14.21

You are invited to join Stroke Support Association  Wednesday, October 27, 2021 via Zoom at 10:00-11:30 AM PT. Stroke Support Association will be hosting a Q&A with SSA Board member and Program Director of Neuroscience/Stroke at Long Beach Medical Center Angie West, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, ANVP. West will answer your stroke-related medical questions, such as the following topics that... Read More

Meet Roz Levine, Caregiver

10.11.21

Roz Levine, a retired school counselor, is the wife of a stroke survivor who had his first of three strokes three-and-a-half years ago. His strokes have impacted his balance, and consequent falls have required visits to the emergency room. Roz is her husband’s primary caregiver. “Caregiving is a challenge,” Roz said, “one that requires compassion, courage, and patience for both... Read More

Aging and Stroke: A Presentation by Dr. Nancy Gibbs

9.29.21

On Tuesday, September 14, during Stroke Support Association’s regular support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers, Dr. Nancy Gibbs gave a presentation titled “Aging and Stroke.” Her Story Dr. Gibbs, who is a retired Kaiser Geriatrician and Palliative Care physician, had a stroke herself in June of 2019. “Stroke is a life-changing event that happens in a moment,” said Dr. Gibbs.... Read More

Aging and Stroke

9.8.21

Please attend a free presentation being held on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 from 10:00-10:30 AM, followed by regular support groups at California Heights United Methodist Church 3759 Orange Ave (at Bixby), Long Beach, CA. Caregivers and family members are welcome to attend. Stroke survivors face special challenges when it comes to aging. Dr. Nancy Gibbs, a retired Kaiser Geriatrician and Palliative... Read More

NUTRITION FOR STROKE SURVIVORS

9.1.21

The following information is only intended to serve as a guide. The reader should always check with their physician before following these recommendations. The old saying “You are what you eat” holds true for all of us, especially after an injury or other lifechanging medical event. Our fast-paced lives and increased stress due to the recent pandemic–plus the challenge to... Read More

SSA’s Annual Picnic: Food, Fun, and Fellowship

8.16.21

Stroke Support Association held its annual picnic on August 10, 2021 at Mae Bower Park in Lakewood, CA. About 25 stroke survivors, caregivers, and facilitators from SSA’s support groups joined the potluck picnic, which featured a variety of delicious dishes and desserts. Alvin Hayes, Jr., a professional musician, stroke survivor, and SSA Board member entertained us with a live performance... Read More