SAO Stroke and Caregiver Support Groups

 

“Stroke creates many physical and emotional challenges. Each stroke warrior faces a unique set of disabilities and losses, and each copes with them in his or her own way. The warmth, acceptance and emotional support that a stroke support group offers can often be the key to uncovering the hidden strengths in many survivors” (American Stroke Association). 

Here at SAO, it is our mission to support our fellow stroke warriors at every stage of their recovery journey. We have found that support groups play a vital role in not only aiding in the emotional and physical barriers, but also creating a sense of community and accountability among our SAO family. 

We are fortunate enough to have ongoing support groups for warriors, caregivers, and family to assist in their recovery. Our team of dedicated support group leaders are available monthly and/or bimonthly for virtual or in-person meetings. 

SAO Offers Several Stroke Support Groups

Stroke Warrior Support Group:

Wherever you are in your post stroke journey, we welcome you to our Stroke Warrior Support Group. Your best possible recovery is of the utmost importance to the SAO team. Meetings include open topics and discussions led by trained facilitators as well as healthy, positive, stroke survivors. 

Virtual meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month at 3:00 pm Pacific Time via Zoom. Please use the link below to join the Stroke Warrior Support Group at the appropriate meeting times.

Stroke Warrior Support Group (In-person):

The warmth, acceptance and emotional support that a stroke support group offers can often be the key to uncovering the hidden strengths in many survivors. Join Stroke Awareness Oregon for an in-person Stroke Warrior Support Group.

Monthly Meetings will be held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm Pacific Time at Stroke Awareness Oregon – 695 SW Mill View Way Bend, OR 97702.

Caregiver + Family Support Group:

Do you provide care or are you a family member to anyone suffering from a stroke or brain injury? Join others who understand the support you give and the many challenges you face. The Caregiver Support Group is a safe space to connect, share, learn, and cope together. Here, you can get the education, emotional reinforcement, and sense of community you need to provide the best possible care for stroke survivors without compromising your own well-being.

Virtual meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM Pacific Time via Zoom. Please use the link below to join the Stroke Warrior Support Group at the appropriate meeting times.

Men’s Monthly Support Group:

This “low-key” group was created for men to share and connect about whatever comes to mind. Enjoy getting to know others in a similar position, while maintaining a safe space for stroke connection.

Virtual meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3:00 PM Pacific Time. Please use the link below to join the Stroke Warrior Support Group at the appropriate meeting times.

Young(er) Support Group:

Living with a stroke can feel isolating at any age, with each age group having their own unique challenges. If your stroke occurred at age 50 or younger, SAO offers a safe space to share and learn ways to inspire growth and recovery with others on a similar journey.

Virtual meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of the month at 6:00 PM Pacific Time via Zoom. Please use the link below to join the Stroke Warrior Support Group at the appropriate meeting times.

What Are Support Group Participants Saying:

“The journey of a stroke survivor is complex and demanding. Our mission is to be there for all those impacted by stroke; and, it’s in our hearts to never let anyone be unheard.” – Keith Taylor, SAO Support Group Coordinator

 

”These meetings have been a blessing especially in providing alternative treatments and suggestions to improve my condition further. There is great personal interaction among the participants which come from all walks of life and ages. The direct interaction with healthcare providers is invaluable. I wish more stroke survivors would make the time to participate and find answers to some of their questions that you might feel uncomfortable discussing with others who do not share similar experiences.” – Gunnar, Stroke Warrior +  Support Group Participant 

 

“It is my favorite Support Group (next to Believe Happy Hour Lol ) basically due to the Facilitator.  Keith Taylor just makes you smile and does an Excellent job of Controlling the Flow of the Meeting.  The Meetings are Fun and the Speakers are usually very good in expressing our functionality.  I find the meetings very motivational!  A great group of very diverse personalities that are outspoken and full of individual ideas.  I look forward to my Tuesday evenings.  I know from the Believe Stroke Recovery Foundation that organizing the meetings every other week takes effort!  Keith, you are very appreciated for giving the Stroke / TBI Warriors something to look forward to!  Thank you!!!” – Michael Erwin, Stroke Warrior + Support Group Participant 

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