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Stroke Support Group

Sponsored by Upstate Stroke Center

Join fellow stroke survivors, family members and care providers to learn more about living and loving life after stroke.

“Social support is important in stroke recovery. Social isolation has been called a risk factor for a poor outcome after stroke. Family and friends provide important support for many survivors, but stroke support groups can also play a vital role in stroke recovery. They can decrease the isolation of both survivors and family, and introduce new friends to replace those often lost after the stroke.”

Contact: OASIS/HealthLink
Location: One Telergy Parkway 6333 State Route 298, East Syracuse NY
Meeting Time: 3rd Monday of the Month, 5-7 p.m.

Sample Schedule:

  • 5:00 Refreshments
  • 5:15-6:00 Speaker
  • 6:00 Break
  • 6:15-6:45 Spouse Group, Survivor Group
  • 6:45 Close

Tentative Presenter Schedule:

  • Monday, January 23, 2017-Carrie Garcia, MS, CCC-SLP, CBIS (Functional Strategies for Cognition/Communication, Self Advocacy) & Sarah Tandle, LMSW, Medical Social Worker (Coping with Depression After Stroke).
  • Monday, February 20, 2017-Ellyn Riley, Ph.D., CCC-SLP (Role of Sleep and Fatigue in Stroke and Aphasia Recovery)
  • Monday, March 20, 2017-Jessica Morley, FACTS Coordinator, BIANYS (Brain Injury Association of New York; Updates & Questions)
  • Monday, April 17, 2017-Denali Remonda, PT, DPT, CBIS (Aquatic Exercise after a Stroke)
  • Monday, May 15, 2017-Second Annual CNY Stroke Support Group Celebration (Stroke Awareness Month)
  • Monday, May 22, 2017-Summer Dance Lesson Series with Jessica Skipper
  • Monday, June 19, 2017-Maria Fazzini, MS, LCAT, ATR-BC, Art Therapist (Using Art for Coping)
  • Monday, June 26, 2017-Summer Dance Lesson Series with Jessica Skipper
  • Monday, July 17, 2017-Interdisciplinary Panel (Specialists will discuss stroke and stroke rehabilitation across the service lines)
  • Monday, August 21, 2017- Megan Dressel, M.S., CCC-SLP, LSVT LOUD,  Olivia Pollard, PT, DPT, Leslie Peck, PT, DPT(BIG/LOUD-applications for Stroke Survivors)
  • Monday, August 28, 2017-Summer Dance Lesson Series with Jessica Skipper
  • Wednesday, August 30, 2017-Links at Erie Village, Concerts for a Cause
  • Sunday, September 17, 2017-Pars for Stroke at Beaver Meadows, Baldwinsville, NY
  • Monday, September 18, 2017-Mikayla Manner, AMT (Movement Therapy-applications for Stroke Survivors) & Michael Brewer, SDPT (Accessibility, Applications)
  • Monday, October 16, 2017-Chris Lighthipe, MS Ed., OTR/L (Sensory Strategies for Stroke Patients)
  • Sunday, October 29, 2017-World Stroke Day
  • Monday, November 20, 2017-MaryRose Kott, Retired NP (Health Care Directives, Making Health Care Decisions)
  • Monday, December 18, 2017-Lenore Vaccarello, Spiritual Care Volunteer (Topics in Spirituality & Reiki)
  • Monday, January 22, 2018-Rebecca Hausserman, MBA, RD, CDN, CNSC, Dietician (Nutrition and Eating for Brain Health)
  • Monday, February 19, 2018-Christine Whitney, DPT (Fatigue and Endurance after Stroke, Winter Olympic Games/Activities)
  • Monday, March 19, 2018-Samantha Morin, PT/DPT (Balance)
  • Monday, April 16, 2018-Amy Allen (Vitality Program)
  • Monday, May 21, 2018-Third Annual CNY Stroke Support Group Celebration (Stroke Awareness Month)
  • Monday, June 18, 2018-Tommie Harris, NP (Medical Topics Related to Stroke Recovery)
  • Monday, July 16, 2018-Panel Discussion
  • Monday, August, 2018-Gerald Santoferrara, MS OTR/L (Mindfulness)
  • Monday, September 17, 2018-Beth Rolland, OTR/L, CDRS (Vision and Driving)
  • Monday, October 15, 2018-Tania Gardner, DPT (Benefits of Massage and Pilates)
  • Monday, November 19, 2018-Michelle Woogen, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist (When Your Loved One Experiences Personality and Behavioral Changes as a Result of a Stroke:  How to Help them while Also Taking Care of Yourself)
  • Monday, December 17, 2018-Carrie Garcia, M.S., CCC-SLP, CBIS and Zachary Boswell, DPT (Strategies for Building Cognitive and Physical Endurance)