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.”
Joyce has been attending the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) out at the Blue Springs site for a little over a year. She has had two strokes, the most recent one on March 12, 2013.
Joyce loves coming to the American Stroke Foundation for the social interaction she gets to have with the other stroke survivors. She stated, “I don’t like to miss days at ASF because I miss the people.” She is impressed by seeing all the different ways that a stroke has impacted people in the group and how they deal with all of the changes. Joyce also enjoys the exercise that ASF has to offer located within the Blue Springs YMCA. She stated that it has helped her make physical gains in strength and balance which help her when she is out in the community.
Joyce expressed that her talent is communicating with people, and ASF has helped her build confidence in doing that. The number one thing Joyce finds rewarding about the American Stroke Foundation is encouragement. The staff, program, and her peers at ASF have motivated and encouraged her to pursue things she thought she never could since her strokes. Joyce identified MaryAnn, a volunteer, as a very uplifting person. “MaryAnn always tells me you can’t now, but you will.” That gives me hope and motivation to continue to work hard.