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Stroke Support: Life After Stroke
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland and Mercy Home Care Conduct

Support Group For Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

Support Group to Offer Information on Restoring Quality of Life After Stroke


Pontiac, Mich .—St. Joseph Mercy Oakland (SJMO), in collaboration with Mercy Home Care, will host a support group for stroke survivors and caregivers at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at the Woodward Professional Building, across from the main hospital, 44428 Woodward Ave., Pontiac. Attendees should enter the building at the Rehabilitation Entrance and proceed to the lower level.

Topic for the support group meeting is “Life After Stroke: Aspects of Brain Flexibility and Effective Coping.” Megan Ross, PA, Physician's Assistant, SJMO Neuroscience Services, and Heidi Warrington, RN, Clinical Nurse Specialist for Stroke Services, will be the presenters.

  • 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.

A future meeting will be held on June 12.

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

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. Everyone is encouraged to learn the symptoms of a stroke. These include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause.
  • Stroke is an emergency and a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. If you or a loved one is suffering symptoms of a stroke, call 911 immediately.

SJMO became Michigan's first Certified Primary Stroke Center in 2004. In 2006, SJMO launched 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.