SSA News

Self-Care for the Caregiver


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

SSA Virtual Holiday Party


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

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

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

Learn more about SSA at the Bixby Knolls’ First Fridays


Every first Friday of the month the BIXBY KNOLLS BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION and members stay open late and invite you to explore our shops, enjoy live music, try our excellent restaurants and bars, and of course, see local art. Stroke Support Association is represented at the First Fridays by a board member. Please stop by our table and say hello.... Read More

Life After Stroke: The Amazing Benefits of Becoming a Volunteer


According to the CDC every year more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke1.   Everyone is affected differently, and a good number of stroke survivors see improvement even years after the event. Recovery can involve several aspects of life including social, physical, and emotional. On March 12, 2019, a panel of Stroke Support Association (SSA) support group members shared their... Read More

Great Disaster Preparedness Tips Provided to SSA


On Tuesday, February 26, during Stroke Support Association’s free weekly support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers in the Long Beach area, Kathy Dollarhide and her husband Chief Dave Dollarhide gave a disaster preparedness presentation. Kathy is the Director of the Disaster Resource Center at Dignity Health St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. Dave is the Battalion Chief of... Read More

SSA Annual Fundraising Underway


The annual fundraising campaign for the Stroke Support Association is underway.   Our goal is to raise $5,000 by November 1, 2018.   This will allow us to plan for our 2019 budget. Although Stroke Support Association (SSA) is run primarily by volunteers, we currently have two part-time staff positions. Christine Escalona has returned as our Executive Director, and Betsy Hardiman... Read More