SSA News

Women’s Heart & Stroke Seminar


Learn more about what the Stroke Support Association offers – visit our table at the 9th Annual Women’s Heart & Stroke Seminar. When: Saturday, February 27, 2016 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Long Beach Memorial Houssels Forum 2801 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach CA 90806 Cost: $25 / $20 each when two or more register together (breakfast and lunch provided)... Read More

Farewell to Mary Buck


The Stroke Support Association (SSA) is saddened by the passing on a longtime Board of Director member, Mary Helen Buck.  Among the many things Mary did to support SSA, she headed up the SSA hospital visitor program with Memorial Hospital. Born June 30, 1928. Mary had a full life including her marriage to Jim, her career as a physical therapist,... Read More

New SSA Board President Diane Vasquez


The Stroke Support Association, serving the Long Beach area, is pleased to welcome Diane Vasquez as the new Board President. Diane has spent 9 years as police officer in Seal Beach. After a medical retirement, she attended Cal State Fullerton and received a BS in Human Services, Counseling Psychology. She became a full time substitute teacher for Paramount High School,... Read More

Stroke Advocacy-Action Alert


Possible Changes in Post-Rehab Benefits for Stroke Survivors on Medicare In less than two weeks, stroke survivors who depend on Medicare will face a new challenge in their post stroke recovery. If Congress does not act by March 31, these survivors will be restricted to $1,920 worth of outpatient therapy services per year. Now is the time for you to... Read More

Risk Factor for Stroke: High Blood Pressure


May is National Stroke Awareness Month. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is a leading risk factor for stroke. Nearly 60 million Americans have high blood pressure, and almost a third of those don’t know they have it. Have your blood pressure checked at least once a year—more often if you have a history of high blood pressure, have had... Read More

Life After Stroke: Barbara Wilder


The National Stroke Association presented its Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence [RAISE] Awards on October 19, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. Barbara Wilder, a stroke survivor from the Stroke Support Association in Long Beach, was presented the Most Impactful award. This award honors an individual who demonstrates improved patient and stroke community outcomes. Mrs. Wilder is a 14-year stroke survivor and ambassador... Read More

Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation


In November of 2012, the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation (JSGF) awarded the Stroke Support Association a $10,000 grant. We at SSA are deeply grateful. A long-time resident of Long Beach, Josephine S. Gumbiner was a social worker and clinical therapist who held positions at Family Service of Long Beach, the Los Angeles County Department of Adoptions, and United Way, among... Read More

Introducing Our New Executive Director


Betsy Hardiman became the new Executive Director of the Stroke Support Association on January 10th of this year. Her previous experience includes working as the office administrator for Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes and as a product development coordinator for Teleflora, Inc., in West LA. Before that, while living in New York City, she was a copyeditor/proofreader at... Read More