SSA News

Preparing Ahead: Advance Directives for You and Your Loved Ones


May 11 and May 18, 202110:00-10:30 AM during the first half of the Survivors’ MeetingCaregivers welcome to attend Gretchen Phillips, SSA support group facilitator and retired medical social worker, will give a two-part presentation during the first portion of our stroke survivor support group on May 11 and May 18. Caregivers are welcome to attend the presentation portion of these... Read More

Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia of Speech: Tips for Communication


On March 16, 2021, Robin Roope, the Clinical Speech Therapy Lead at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center, gave a presentation titled “Stroke, Aphasia, and Apraxia: Tips for Communication” via Zoom to the stroke survivors and caregivers who attend our support groups. Robin began her presentation with a definition of aphasia. “Aphasia is when the language center of our brain... Read More

Zoom Presentation: Stroke and Aphasia


During the regular Stroke Support Association meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM, we are pleased to have a guest presentation. Stroke and Aphasia: Tips for Communication Robin Roope, the Clinical Speech Therapy Lead at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center, will cover the following topics: Strategies to enhance communication with a person with aphasia Techniques for the... Read More

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