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.
Dave had his stroke on January 9, 2013. His dad called 9-1-1 and at the hospital, he received tPA which worked. He could talk and move fairly normally after that. But half an hour later, he had a second stroke and it was pretty severe. Dave wasn’t able to use his right arm or leg, or talk outside of a handful of words. After being at St. Luke’s for a week, he went to Meadowbrook for rehab and then to Mid-America for outpatient rehab. One of the therapists at Mid-America told him about ASF. At that point, he could talk pretty well and was starting to move his right leg.
At first, Dave wasn’t excited about coming to ASF because he didn’t feel like it had much to offer him. His sister encouraged him to come and gradually, this place grew on him and he started making some friends. Dave says that the most important and helpful parts about ASF are the exercise program and the companionship. Just talking to other stroke survivors has helped him improve his speech. Dave recently moved to a new apartment in part to be closer to ASF. Dave says, “I realized that ASF has a lot to offer me—friendship, exercise, music, and games.”
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.