DSC Stroke Club

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

NATIONAL SITES

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.

 

LOCAL RESOURCES

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

 

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