Living with stroke - resources and support

May 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM

If your life has been touched by stroke, one of the greatest resources you can connect with is your local stroke support group. 

There are many benefits of joining a stroke support group, including the opportunity to:

  • Socialize in a relaxed environment – feeling connected to a community is incredibly important after a stroke.  Isolation can be a significant contributor to depression and deteriorating condition.
  • Share your stories, setbacks, and achievements – the connections you establish within a stroke support group are great resources for encouragement and advice.  These relationships are also important in challenging you to push forward, continuing to work towards complete recovery.
  • Learn something new – education provided at stroke support group events can be priceless!  There is an incredible amount of information regarding navigating life after stroke and this is a wonderful venue to hear information and ask questions.  Common topics of discussion:
    • Communication challenges
    • Altered functional abilities and independence
    • Role changes
    • Nutrition and exercise
    • Depression and emotional labile
    • Coping
  • Connect with community resources – there are many resources available within the community.  Take advantage of all the tools at your disposal to optimize your stroke recovery journey.

If you are looking for a support group in Seattle, consider visiting the Swedish Stroke Support Group.

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 28th, 2-3pm
Location: Cherry Hill, James Tower, SECC
Contact: 206-320-3200 or www.swedish.org/strokesupportgroup

Stroke survivor magazines may also be a great resource:

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