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Our Mission Is To
empower survivors and their families to overcome the challenges of life after stroke
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The American Stroke Foundation NEXT STEP Program offers a variety of classes and activities designed to promote wellness in stroke survivors. These classes include:

Creative Conversation
Practice conversing on a variety of topics - everybody takes part in the conversation.
Adapt To The World
Learn how to increase daily independence at home and in the community.
Empower Yourself
Quest to become more independent, resourceful, and better connected to the community.
Clubhouse
Choose and participate in activities of your choice (e.g., crafts, reading, games, conversation). You’re the boss!

Check out the calendar below to find out when each is available throughout the month.

Who Can Participate?
Independent
All participants must be able to fulfill basic personal needs (e.g. eating, using the restroom) or be accompanied by a caregiver who can assist them.
Social
Socially appropriate behavior also required. We foster a collegial family atmosphere.
Interested in participating?
913.649.1776
Give us a call to request information or schedule a tour!
What's Coming Up
Support
KS
Apr 11, 2015
1:00pm –  4:00pm
Give Back
MO
May 5, 2015
11:30am –  1:00pm
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Who we are
An organization that empowers.
The Board
Bob Frazier
Board Chair
Bob Frazier
David Marshall
Board Vice-Chair
David Marshall
Richard March
Board Treasurer
Richard March
Shatonda Jones
Board Secretary
Shatonda Jones
Sara Baker
Board Member
Sara Baker
Lyde Doston
Board Member
Lyde Doston
Ike Francis
Board Member
Ike Francis
Micki Harrison
Board Member
Micki Harrison
Joan McDowd
Board Member
Joan McDowd
Kathy Parker
Board Member
Kathy Parker
Kimberly Poecker
Board Member
Kimberly Poecker
Ralph Pusey
Board Member
Ralph Pusey
Shirley Rose
Founder and Board Member
Shirley Rose
Janice Sandt
Board Member
Janice Sandt
The Staff
Jane Savidge
Executive Director
Jane Savidge
Dory Sabata
Program Director
Dory Sabata
Mary DeVeau
Administrative Assistant
Mary DeVeau
Patrick Nelson
Mission Facility Coordinator
Patrick Nelson
Connie Batchelder
Program Assistant
Connie Batchelder
Dani Malan
Program Assistant
Dani Malan
Stories
Al
Al
Al had two strokes back in 2004, but they didn’t affect him that much. He was able to regain pretty much all function in about a month. What really limited him was a motor vehicle accident in September 2013. He could barely move his left side after that. One of the nurses at rehab told him about ASF. At the time, he didn’t pay much attention because he just assumed that rehab would take care of everything. But then the rehab visits on his insurance ran out and he still had a lot of things to work on. So he started coming to ASF with his wife, who is his caregiver. Al says, “If you’ve got a family member or caregiver, bring them to ASF. Everyone is very welcoming. At ASF, we care about each other and we look out for each other like a family.” Al really enjoys ASF and the people who come here. He likes to exercise on the machines and in the room with resistance bands and loves the pool therapy – “I can move in the water so much better than out here on land. I’ve been getting mobility in my arms and legs again.” Al feels the programs at ASF are great. Every day there is something different. He enjoys the brain games and having to think. “I know my recovery is going to take some time, but I’m making progress and I have so much to look forward to.”
Carolyn
Carolyn
Before June of 2005, Carolyn was a busy, independent woman. She’d been married for 29 years, was employed as a manufacturer representative, and had recently celebrated her daughter’s graduation from Kansas State University. Besides keeping the household up and running, she found time to enjoy her friends, dine out, shop, scrapbook, and entertain. Carolyn was giving a sales presentation on the third of June when she started to feel dizzy. She dropped her day planner and fell when she attempted to pick it up. Although she told her district manager that she felt okay, he knew better when he asked her squeeze both of his hands—and her left hand wouldn’t cooperate. He made sure then that emergency services were called. Carolyn had suffered an ischemic stroke. And her life has changed. Carolyn walks without a cane but can’t use her left arm. She has a condition known as ‘left neglect’ so she can no longer drive or cook. For these reasons, she states, her stroke has also affected the lives of her husband and daughter, too. Carolyn participates in the programs of the American Stroke Foundation and she enjoys many things about it—socializing with others, participating in fitness activities, and learning about stroke. She has set some goals for her future: she hopes to improve her movement and walking, and, sometime in the future, she’d love to be able to drive and cook again.
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