Having a Stroke Brings Its Own Gifts


At a recent stroke survivor support group put on by Stroke Support Association (SSA) via Zoom, facilitator Dr. Jane Claus asked the questions: Are you a better person since your stroke? In what way has your stroke helped you grow? With the answers that came, a theme emerged: The life-altering upheaval of having had a stroke, the many difficult challenges... Read More

How to Support Your Loved One in the Hospital


Stroke Support Association is dedicated to empowering stroke survivors and their families. Providing ideas of how to help a loved one who has just suffered a stroke while he or she is still being treated in the hospital is just one of the ways we do this. You’ll find many resources, including on our website, on how to help identify... Read More

Study to Improve Walking after Stroke


UPDATED! Time post stroke has been expanded to include patients who have had a stroke in the last 5 years (was 2 years). The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine is conducting a research study that explores the possibility of using brain waves to control a functional electrical stimulation device to help stroke patients improve their walking.... Read More

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