What is Stroke?
Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, according the American Heart Association. If you are one of the more than 750,000 people who have a stroke each year, you or your family should not have to face it alone. Providing support for stroke survivors with group meetings involving their peers shows there is life after this traumatic event.
Peninsula Regional Medical Center provides assistance to stroke survivors, family members, caregivers, and friends by sponsoring a free monthly Stroke Support Group. The goal of the program is to enhance the quality of life for participants by focusing on each individual's emotional, educational and social needs. Meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Layfield Tower basement level in the Hallowell Conference Center, Room A.
Information regarding the Stroke Support Group can be obtained by calling 410-912-7961. Valet parking is available outside the entrance of the Frank B. Hanna Outpatient Center.
What are Stroke Support Groups?
Stroke support groups provide a forum for participants to share the difficulties they have encountered and unite around their common experiences and find positive solutions. Sharing similar problems helps stroke survivors, caregivers, friends and family members learn to live with this life changing event. Coming together in an atmosphere of caring and cooperation, each person can begin to forge a new sense of community. Individual goals are established and friendships are started, renewing hope and encouraging independence.
Topics presented and discussed at a support group meeting may include:
•· A warm welcome, with introductions of all participants
•· A brief review of the group's goals, and plans
•· Information on the prevention of stroke
•· Updates on rehabilitation and research advances
•· Discussion of communication problems related to stroke
•· Educational videos, publications, and audio recordings
•· Discussion of emotional issues and family relationships after stroke
•· Motivational talks
•· Stress reduction techniques
•· Exercise instruction
•· Nutritional advice
•· Presentations on community resources and services
•· Information on adaptive equipment and new devices for stroke survivors
•· Recreational activities and travel information
•· Publicity about future events and other pertinent programs
•· Opportunities to evaluate the group and suggest new ideas or topics