Archive for August, 2011

Stroke Activity Center: a place of hope

They thought it would be a day in their lives like any other. Then without warning, everything suddenly changes as their left frightened, depressed, and debilitated. Victims of stroke are forced to accept a different way of life after they’ve lost physical ability, speech, and in most cases independence. Many who become clients at the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs have exhausted insurance and have no other options. But what they thought was a last resort, becomes a place that furnishes a renewed sense of hope.

“A stroke has devastating effects and is the leading cause of adult disability,” stated Beverly Greer, Chief Executive Office of the Stroke Recovery Center. “The age range for a stroke is between 50 and 70, but pregnant women and even children have strokes.” A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. Brain tissue cannot get the blood it needs, so it starts to die.

Founded in 1978 by Dr. Irving Hirshleifer, the Stroke Recovery Center offers a well-balanced approach to improving quality of life issues after a stroke. Individualized rehabilitation includes occupational,
recreational, exercise and speech therapy programs. There are also support groups for families and respite for caregivers. All of the services at the Center are free.

According to James Martinez, the Center’s Director of Development, clients are supportive and protective of each other. “Clients from all levels and walks of life come together and help each other.”

 

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