The American Stroke Foundation NEXT STEP Program offers a variety of classes and activities designed to promote wellness in stroke survivors. These classes include:
Check out the calendar below to find out when each is available throughout the month.
Bob has been attending the American Stroke Foundation out at the Blue Springs site for a little over 2 years. He had a stroke in January 10, 2012, and couldn’t be happier having found this organization along his journey of recovery.
Bob stated, “I love all of the things that we do!” He expressed that his favorite thing to do at the American Stroke Foundation is exercise. Bob participates in the fitness program with the YMCA trainers on staff and attends the pool sessions led by a fellow stroke survivor. Bob feels that he is getting better and stronger while increasing his endurance. “I used to only do 20 minutes. Now I can go for 30 minutes, take a 5 minute break, and do another 30 minutes. Bob feels that the American Stroke Foundation has helped him regain his strength which has allowed him to keep up with his 10 grandchildren. Bob loves to play football, volleyball, and chase after his grandchildren.
Bob shared that he feels like he has a second family here at the American Stroke Foundation and values the friendships that he has made. Although, Bob has difficulty communicating due to his aphasia he has made lasting impressions on those around him at the American Stroke Foundation. Bob stated that he loves the people and he has made several new friends including his closest friend, Glen.
Prior to her left-side ischemic stroke in 2005, Marilyn was tough to pin down. She worked as an administrative assistant to a social worker where she scheduled appointments, checked insurance, and handled collections. When she wasn't at work, she could be found tending to the sick, participating in church activities, or enjoying her two children and four grandchildren—often heading to the City Market or the park together. Otherwise, Marilyn could be found cooking in her kitchen, or working on her computer.
In January of 2005, Marilyn was at work when she started feeling “funny”. She had a bad headache, was having difficulty with her speech, and was told by a coworker that one eye looked different from the other. She headed home and, when a friend came to check on her, Marilyn was unable to describe what she was experiencing. That friend called a nurse’s hotline, then 911—and Marilyn was taken to KU Medical Center. They confirmed the stroke that the hotline nurse had suspected.
And life had changed in a big way. Because her speech was affected by the stroke, Marilyn had to learn to talk all over again. She has trouble with numbers, like getting telephone numbers mixed up when writing them down. She also struggles with walking and trips easily.
Marilyn enjoys coming to the American Stoke Foundation and is thankful for the new friends she’s met. She enjoys fitness, socialization and games. And she credits the American Stroke Foundation for her ability to talk and write again. Her future goals include continuing to improve her cognitive functioning and her physical fitness.