Stroke Services in the Community
Stroke is caused by sudden interruption of blood flow to the brain and is the leading cause of adult disability, the second leading cause of dementia, and the fourth leading cause of death for adults in the United States, and affects every aspect of life for both survivors and families.
For millennia, it seemed that nothing could be done about stroke. Today, stroke is preventable, can be treated successfully, and those affected by stroke can have satisfying lives, even as they recover.
The Stroke Association of Southern California provides direct and personal services in the community that complement acute care and rehabilitation of hospitals, and research and educational media of national stroke organizations, to address the entire stroke complex from early prevention to long-term recovery and wellness.
- SASC prevention seminars and wellness classes guide participants to healthy behavior, improved lifestyle, and control of health risk factors that protect against stroke, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.
- SASC educates about recognition of stroke symptoms and recommends an immediate call to 911 and transport to a Primary Stroke Center to restore brain circulation.
- When families contact the SASC helpline in a state of distress, they receive expert and compassionate guidance to resources and support.
- Education and support is provided to survivors and families during acute care, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. They are prepared for recovery at home and in the community.
- In comprehensive recovery classes, survivors and families learn the skills and adaptations needed to live well after stroke, even as they recover; classes are provided in collaboration with local health, educational, and community organizations.
- The psychological and social trauma of stroke, including depression, is healed with education, interpersonal support, expressive activities and adapted exercise.
- Survivors and families share experience, strength, and hope in a safe environment. Recovery is more effective and enjoyable with encouragement and support.
- SASC is committed to serve uninsured, underserved and high-risk populations.
- SASC actively supports medical advances in stroke care by representing survivors, families, and the public-at-large on various scientific advisory committees.
- SASC helps communities develop collaborative prevention and recovery services that make use of the resources and strengths of each locality.
At the Stroke Association, no one faces stroke alone