SSA News

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

Molino Football League Honors Johnny Bowles


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


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


  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

Cal State LA Seeking Participants for Hand Rehabilitation Study


The Stroke Support Association has been approached by Oscar Ledezma, a graduate student at California State University at Los Angeles. Ledezma is conducting research on hand rehabilitation using our Recovery Glove Device, which is a sensor glove rehabilitation tool designed to help individuals regain lost hand function after an injury. The device senses the finger and thumb movements used in occupational... Read More

Award Winning “You See Me” Stroke Documentary Screening at LB Indie


The Stroke Support Association is pleased to announce the screening of Linda J. Brown’s documentary, “You See Me” at the Long Beach International Indie Film Festival. Linda’s film centers on her father’s devastating stroke; chronicling not only the devastating impact stroke had on her father’s life, but how even after he passed, how their family dynamics continued to shift and... Read More

Visit SSA at Weingart Senior Fair, June 17


Representatives from the Stroke Support Asssociation, including Executive Director Suzanne Brodsly, will be present at the Senior Health Fair, Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.  Please visit our table to learn about how our weekly support groups and other services may help stroke survivors and caretakers recover after the effects of a stroke. Lakewood’s Senior Health Fair... Read More