Stroke Support Group

Stroke Recovery

“Our whole world changed after my stroke. Friends stopped coming around, we stopped going out, and we both got really depressed”
Stroke Survivor

When stroke patients complete rehabilitation following their stroke, there is no comprehensive guide recommending resources, what to expect, or what to do next. This leads to a tremendous burden on the spouse or caregiver, and isolation of the family and stroke survivor. Often, stroke survivors become depressed and ‘give up’ or are simply afraid to get out and try things.

Stroke Awareness Oregon is working to conduct a “needs survey” that will lead to a comprehensive resource directory for families. The purpose of the directory that is being developed is to help facilitate recovery and quality of life. Suffering a stroke does not mean the end of living but it can mean a new reality.

During COVID-19 physical distancing, we are meeting virtually on Zoom. Here’s a cheat sheet on how to download Zoom and attend a meeting.

Caregiver Support Group:

Survivor Support Group:

Men’s Support Group:

The Golden Rules for maximizing stroke recovery (

The long and arduous process of rehabilitation begins immediately after a stroke. But where should you get started with your stroke recovery and what are the most important things for you to know? Under each rule, you will find links to Strokemark articles that offer more detailed information.

1. Think and act like a professional athlete
2. Provide the right conditions to recover
3. Improve your concentration
4. Improve the adaptive capacity of your brain
5. Improve your strength
6. Make your heart work
7. Avoid unnecessary movements
8. Train often and for long periods of time
9. Don’t get frustrated
10. Don’t give up!

To read each of these points in depth, please click here to view the article.

Questions to ask your Speech-Language Pathologist (Overland Speech and Swallowing Rehabilitation)

Did you know it’s okay to interview your new therapist? Even encouraged. Check out these tips on questions to ask to make sure you find the right SLP for your needs.

Rehab Boogaloo – from Stroke Connection and Stroke Association finding similarities with patients and life stories.

Just click on Rehab Boogaloo to read updated stories.

Friendship Line – offers support for Central Oregon Seniors who find connecting with the community challenging

Institute on Aging’s 24-hour toll-free Friendship Line is the only accredited crisis line in the country for people aged 60 years and older, and adults living with disabilities. We also make on-going outreach calls to lonely older adults. While there are other organizations that respond to the needs of people who may be contemplating suicide, none provides the type of services that IOA’s Friendship Line offers to respond to the public health problem of suicide among the elderly. Knowing that older people do not contact traditional suicide prevention centers on a regular basis even if they are considering suicide, we created the only program nationwide that reaches out to lonely, depressed, isolated, frail and/or suicidal older adults. Our trained volunteers specialize in offering a caring ear and having a friendly conversation with depressed older adults.

Stroke Patient Survey – Is Now Available

If you have had a stroke please take time to fill out this survey, the feedback will help direct our efforts to help others who had a stroke. Please click here

Stroke Awareness Oregon is pleased to assist University of Oregon with research on the relationship between speech/ swallowing issues and families. If you would like to help click on the above link.

Stroke Awareness Oregon Resource Directory

If you are a provider and interested in being featured in our Directory please contact us at

OSU-Cascades Offers free counseling – to members of the community.  If you are interested, go to the web link for information about the OSU-Cascades Counseling Clinic:

Interested clients can submit a web contact form or call us. Someone will get back to them after the first of the year. The clinic is open according to the academic calendar, and counseling is free to anyone age 14 and older in the community.

Bend Medical – Adaptive Equipment Used Equipment Swap

This is a great place to go, to find or sell used medical and adaptive equipment.  Just go to ‘Items for Sale’ if you are looking to buy.  There is also a place for you to become a member if you are looking to sell an item.  Please feel to contact Bend Medical- Adaptive Equipment if you have any further questions.

Destination Rehab

Improve physical function in a dynamic, challenging environment. Allow us to be part of the team that brings you to the next level of recovery and independence.  visit Destination Rehab for more information.


Survivor Stories

Read the stories of those who have survived a stroke, click to view more stories

Want more information about SAO or want to help?

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