The Importance of Physical and Occupational Therapies After a Stroke


A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke can be devastating, often resulting in physical disabilities and limitations. However, with the help of Physical and Occupational Therapies, stroke survivors can significantly improve their quality of life and regain their independence. DIFFERENCE... Read More

The Importance of Medication Adherence and Stroke Prevention


Strokes bring on many lifestyle changes. Most survivors are sent home from the hospital with a multitude of new medications to prevent subsequent strokes. These medications (such as blood thinners) are important. For example, Cleveland Clinic notes that survivors face the highest risk of another stroke within the first two days, but they remain vulnerable even up to one year after the first... Read More

How to Talk to Children When Their Loved One Has Had a Stroke


A stroke is often a life-changing event. Although residual effects vary from person to person, all stroke survivors and their caregivers must find a way to adapt to their new normal. In addition to new therapies, home adaptations, and lifestyle changes, stroke survivors and their support systems also have to figure out how to inform their loved ones of what... Read More

What to Ask Your Doctor About Your Stroke.


In addition to heading up the Stroke/Neuroscience Program at Long Beach Medical Center, Angie is a support group facilitator for Stroke Support Association. On Wednesday, June 29, 2022, Angie West, MSN, RN, CCRN-K, SCRN, ANVP, the Program Director of Neuroscience/Stroke at Long Beach Medical Center and an SSA support group facilitator, gave a presentation titled “What to Ask Your Doctor... Read More



Have you completed an advance directive, by itself or as part of a living will or trust? It’s a good idea to review your forms every few years and sometimes you may want to add details that weren’t in your original document. Using the Five Wishes Advance Directive Described as “Living Will with Heart and Soul”, the Five Wishes advance... Read More



The following information is only intended to serve as a guide. The reader should always check with their physician before following these recommendations. The old saying “You are what you eat” holds true for all of us, especially after an injury or other lifechanging medical event. Our fast-paced lives and increased stress due to the recent pandemic–plus the challenge to... 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

How to Support Your Loved One in the Hospital


Stroke Support Association is dedicated to empowering stroke survivors and their families. Providing ideas of how to help a loved one who has just suffered a stroke while he or she is still being treated in the hospital is just one of the ways we do this. You’ll find many resources, including on our website, on how to help identify... Read More