Survivors and Caregivers – Come join the DSC Stroke Club
Do you know the leading cause of adult disability? Do you know what ADL’s are? Do you know that Speech Therapists treat disorders involving speaking, hearing, writing and reading as well as swallowing? Do you know how to make your home safer for someone with a physical disability? Do you know the approximate number of people in the U.S. each year that have a stroke? If you or a loved one has experienced a stroke, you are not alone?
If Stroke has affected you or someone you know and you would like support from other individuals who have faced similar challenges, come join the DSC Stroke Club. Our membership includes survivors as well as caregivers and family members. The agenda of the meetings varies depending on the suggestions of the members of the club. One week we may hear from a guest speaker about upcoming events in our community or find out about new developments in the world of medicine. Another meeting may be just to laugh and relax at a holiday party, or enjoy the sunshine at an outdoor picnic. One example of a helpful resource that was generated at a meeting is a web site resource list (see bottom of page). Meetings are open to everyone who has survived a stroke, who has a family member who has survived a stroke and the general public. Meeting new friends who can provide empathy and answer some of your questions will help you and your loved ones find new ways to have a more fulfilling life after stroke. Making dedicated friends is an extra bonus of being a member of this group. All ages are welcome and there is no cost to become a member or to attend a meeting however, donations are always greatly appreciated.
Please join us for a meeting or two. If you do, we know that you will see the rewards of belonging to this stroke support group. Being uncomfortable because you are new in a group is easily overcome because of the friendly members already here. Survivors bring your family. Families bring your survivor. Everyone is welcome at every gathering and everyone will be happy they came.
***We meet every second Wednesday at the Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 North Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 from 10:00am to 11:15am. Coffee is available in the Senior Center Lobby for 25cents per cup.
If you plan to attend the DSC Stroke Club meeting, please call in advance in the event our time or location has changed. We look forward to meeting you.
Web Site Resource List for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers
http://www.caring.com – Then SEARCH Stroke
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke – National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke
http://www.stroke.org – National Stroke Association – Centennial, CO
http://www.naric.com – National Rehabilitation Information Center
http://www.aphasia.org – National Aphasia Association – (communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language but does not affect intelligence. Most common cause is stroke. 25-40% of stroke survivors have this.)
http://www.strokeassociation.org – American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
http://www.strokecolorado.org/Programs.html – Rocky Mountain Stroke Center
http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org – National Family Caregivers Association
http://www.emedicinehealth.com – EMedicine Health -> SEARCH Stroke
http://www.americanheart.org/caregiver – American Heart Association -> Conditions -> Stroke
http://www.lifelinesys.com – Philips Lifeline – Alert Systems
http://www.strokenet.info/ – StrokeNet Information Resources
http://www.disabled-world.com – Disabled World -> SEARCH Stroke
http://www.CHASA.org – Children’s Hemiplegia & Stroke Association
http://hope4stroke.com – H.O.P.E. for Stroke “Healing On Positive Energy”
http://ssa.gov/d&s1.htm – Social Security Administration Resource
http://www.eldercare.gov – Department of Health & Human Services, Eldercare Locator – Area Agency on Aging
http://www.caregiving.org – National Alliance for Caregiving – General
http://www.caregiver.org – Family Caregiver Alliance
http://www.CaringBridge.org – Online site that Connects Family & Friends when someone is ill.
http://www.abledata.com – Able Data – assistive technology, products and pricing.
http://www.thelegalcenter.org – The Legal Center – legal assistance for persons with disabilities and elderly.
http://csicindliving.org – Colorado Springs Independence Center
http://www.ppacg.org – Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments -> Area Agency on Aging
http://www.csseniorcenter.com – Colorado Springs Senior Center
http://www.ppunitedway.org – Pikes Peak United Way – 2-1-1
http://www.peakvista.org – Peak Vista Community Health Centers
http://www.peakparent.org – Local organization for information and advocacy for disabled individuals