HealthWatch: Community Stroke Day


Every year nearly 800-thousand people in the united states suffer a stroke.
It is a leading cause of serious, long-term disability — but therapy and support can help.
There is an upcoming event sponsored by Aurora BayCare Medical Center that can connect survivors and caregivers with others going through the same thing.

The Community Stroke Day is September 15th  from 9 am to 4 pm at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton.

The event will offer music therapy, crafts, massages, professional presentations and help survivors grow their network of support,. 
It is ten dollars a person and includes a light breakfast, lunch and a snack. 

The deadline to register is September 1st.  For more information call Karen at 920-288-4700.  

To learn more you can call AuroraBayCare at 866-938-0035 or email 

Hundreds of thousands of people who survive stroke each year are left with some sort of a disability like paralysis or difficulty communicating. That is why support from family and community is very important for their recovery.

The Stroke Survivor Support Group at Aurora BayCare Medical Center meets once a month for survivors and caregivers offering education and connection, “Support from other people who have gone through something similar,” explained Karen Floriano-Heimerl, speech-language pathologist, stroke support group facilitator, Aurora BayCare Medical Center. 

Stroke victims who suffer a disability can also suffer from damaged self esteem, “And your self image then is so changed that many people start to doubt themselves become withdrawn they become less active,” explained James Napier, MD, Neurologist, Aurora BayCare Medical Center. 

The support group can give patients and loved ones a network of support that  is essential to their recovery, “They need to have a strong system to help motivate them and support them,” said Floriano-Heimerl.

“So it’s so important for people  to encourage people to say how much that their role is still important that we still need them,” said Dr. Napier.

Julie Zellner and Gerhard currier Jr. are both stroke survivors who depend on the group for support, “A lot of us can’t work any more it gives us something to look foreword too,” said Julie Zellner, stroke survivor.

Gerhard agrees, “I don’t feel alone and so the other people they don’t feel alone too.”

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is sponsoring an upcoming Community Stroke Day at Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, “Provide them with some education but also an opportunity just to enjoy activities enjoy life,” explained Floriano-Heimerl.

The event will offer music therapy, crafts, massages, professional presentations and help survivors grow their network of support, “Really trying to connect people within the Northeast Wisconsin area so its a good opportunity for people to meet other stroke survivors,” said Floriano-Heimerl.

Both Julie and Gerhard are planning to attend, “The music therapy and all that it works great it relaxes you it helps you feel better about everything,” said Julie.

Gerhard thinks he’ll meet some new friends, “Oh yeah probably.”

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