SSA News

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

Stroke Support Association has been Nominated for a National Award!

3.24.20

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?

2.21.20

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

1.9.20

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

4.27.19

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

2.28.19

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

9.24.18

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

Molino Football League Honors Johnny Bowles

5.12.18

The Stroke Support Association was honored to be selected as the recipient of the Molino Football League’s 2017 gift to a worthy cause.  And in honor of their good friend and league member Johnny Bowles, they decided to double their usual pledge amount. John was the son on our long-time former board member Jean Bowles. SSA is thank you for... Read More

Saying Farewell to a Maverick

5.27.17

Stroke Support Association Board President Diane Vasquez Passes Diane Vasquez was an amazing individual. A maverick. An independent-minded person. She was a daughter, Seal Beach police officer, psychologist, teacher, attorney, wife, mother, sister, caretaker, grandmother, parishioner, friend and more. Including serving as the President of Stroke Support Association Board from 2014 until her passing early May. Diane joined the Stroke... Read More

Thank You for Years of Service to Founding Board Member Joyce Block-Miller

3.12.17

  As she is moving to Northern California to be closer to her sons, and after over forty years of service to the stroke survivor community, Joyce Block-Miller is retiring from the Board of Directors for the Stroke Support Association, an organization she helped to found. Joyce continued as a group facilitator through the early 2000’s. A culmination of experiences... Read More