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Mon, Jan. 27

Stroke support groups help stroke survivors, their families

PWC Stroke Support Groups

1O:15 – 11:3O a.m.

First and Third Friday of every month

Deborah Room

Prescott United Methodist Church Campus

5O5 W. Gurley St., Prescott

When a stroke happens, lives can change forever, not just for the stroke survivor, but for family members as well. The journey to recovery can be difficult, but survivors and family members don’t need to manage alone.

To help make the journey easier, People Who Care is sponsoring twice-a-month Stroke Support Groups, featuring experts in speech pathology, social work and nursing.

The groups focus on ways to cope with the challenges and communicate with others facing the same circumstances.

For stroke survivors, the meetings provide an opportunity to talk with other stroke survivors. “People who have had a stroke understand me better,” said one participant. “People at the group have patience with my slow speech — other people don’t,” another group member said.

For family members, the groups provide a way to share with other family members. “Other family members understand what I’m going through,” said a participant. Another family member said, “The family group helps me understand my spouse’s stroke better.”

The groups are facilitated by Marianne Simpson, a retired speech pathologist; Gayla Allen, a retired medical social worker, and Mara Protas, a retired cardiac RN.

Attendance is free. For more information, call People Who Care at 928-445-2480.

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