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Stroke Survivors & Caregivers Support Group
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland To Conduct Support Group
For Stroke Survivors And Caregivers

Group to Offer Information on Restoring Quality of Life After Stroke

Pontiac, Mich.—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO) will host a support group for stroke survivors and caregivers at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Mercy Home Care, 281 Enterprise Court, Suite 200, Bloomfield Hills.

Topic for the support group meeting is “Stroke:  The Survivor’s Perspective.”  Palma Baker, MA, CCC-SLP, Regional Rehab Manager for Mercy Home Care, will be the meeting facilitator.

The support group will focus on:

  • Understanding stroke recovery, rehabilitation and how to prevent a recurrence of stroke
  • Sharing experiences with other survivors and providing mutual support
  • Promoting independence and improving performance of daily living activities
  • Providing a forum where caregivers and family members can share their experience and support each other
  • Offering information to patients on how they can restore their quality of life despite losses and disabilities caused by stroke

The support group is conducted and supported collaboratively by SJMO and its Rehabilitation Services and Neuroscience Departments, Faith Community Nursing and Mercy Home Care.

For more information or to reserve a spot, contact Sue Peshl by phone at 248-858-3295 or by email at

SJMO became Michigan’s first Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2004.  The stroke program began in October 2006 and is now the Michigan Stroke Network, a collaboration of more than 30 Michigan hospitals committed to bringing the latest in stroke care to communities around the state.  With telemedicine and real-time audio-visual technology, emergency room physicians at participating hospitals have access 24/7 to stroke specialists at SJMO.