Stroke and Depression: What You Need to Know

11.30.20

Nearly a third of people who experience a stroke also report feeling symptoms of depression. It is attributable to various causes, including the emotions resulting from the physical losses or the overwhelming reality of surviving a stroke and going through physical therapy to recover. Biochemical changes in the brain can also cause post-stroke depression, while brain injury can interfere with a previously... Read More

Self-Care for the Caregiver

11.19.20

A Virtual Presentationby Tsgoyna Tanzman, MA/CCC Saturday, December 5, 202010:00-11:00 AM Caregivers, get a sneak peek and practice at using some of the tools in the soon-to-be published Hope After Stroke: The Caregiver’s 12 Week Essential Guide & Workbook. Learn how to… Widen your lens of resourcefulness Put self-care into caregiving—move from caregiver to care partner Use the Journal Page to tune into... Read More

What Do You Do to Take Care of Yourself?

11.18.20

At a recent caregiver support group held by Stroke Support Association via Zoom, facilitator Dr. Jane Claus asked the question: “What do you do to take care of yourself?” The answers proved particularly helpful to a newcomer to the group, who was experiencing the confusion and overwhelm of her new caregiving role. Helen, whose husband Ray had his stroke 17 years ago, said: “I cried a... Read More

SSA Virtual Holiday Party

11.13.20

No, we can’t have our usual in-person Holiday Party this year, says the Grinch! BUT, let’s improvise! We can still celebrate together! ZOOM INTO THE SSA HOLIDAY PARTY! Tuesday, December 8, 202010:00 AM – 11:30 AM via Zoom. Both groups together. Attire: Festive (optional) Please RSVP by December 1, 2020 All those who sign up and live in the Long... Read More

Care for the Caregiver of a Stroke Survivor.

11.2.20

Caregivers provide essential long-term support for stroke survivors’ recovery and rehabilitation. They face the challenge of balancing caregiving with personal time, family, work, and other commitments. Over 53 million Americans are caregivers and are as diverse as those they care for daily. They are spouses, parents, siblings, partners, adult children, grandchildren, and family friends. Caregivers Need Care, Too Discharge from the hospital... Read More

Having a Stroke Brings Its Own Gifts

10.23.20

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

9.18.20

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

5.28.20

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

5.17.20

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

3.31.20

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