Stroke Support Group begins Nov. 17

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A new support group for stroke patients, their caregivers and loved ones is launching at Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The goal is to provide social, emotional and practical support for those adapting to life after a stroke. The group will meet monthly. It is free, and open to the public.

Stroke Support Group

Third Thursday of each month, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Beginning Thursday, Nov. 17

Northfield Hospital, 2000 North Ave. (Meeting Room A)

On Dec. 15, the group will meet at Northfield Hospital in the Conference Center (lower level).

Meetings will feature experts speaking on a wide range of topics from the emotional impact of stroke and getting help from loved ones to adaptive activities and long-term recovery. Sessions also will include social time and open conversation for stroke survivors and their loved ones to share their experiences with each other.

Leading the new support group are two therapists from the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation: Occupational therapist Sheila Wirfs, who supervises in-patient rehabilitation at Northfield Hospital, and physical therapist Beth Stember, who works with patients in CSMR’s Lakeville clinic. Wirfs and Stember can answer individuals’ questions, offer guidance for additional information, and provide resources for participants to take home.

Registration is not required. For more information, contact Sheila Wirfs at 507-646-1196 or wirfss@northfieldhospital.org , or Beth Stember at 507-646-8292 or stemberb@northfieldhospital.org.

The Stroke Support Group is a service of CSMR, a division of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. The support group is registered with the National Stroke Association, whose “Come Back Strong” campaign provides resources for stroke survivors. See more at www.comebackstrong.org .