This year the Nebraska Stroke Association gathered statistics to show the progress we’ve made in community outreach and education. Below are some of the highlights:

Support Groups

We are involved with two hospital stroke support groups, Comeback Club at Bryan Health West and Choices Group at Madonna, both in Lincoln.

Comeback Club

  • Group has met at Bryan for two and a half years
  • Group reaches an average of 115 people a year
  • Members attend weekly for 16 weeks a year, and meetings last one to one-and-a-half hours

Choices Group

  • Group has met at Madonna for over 10 years
  • Group reaches an average of 104 people a year
  • Members attend weekly for 26 weeks a year, and meetings last one to one-and-a-half hours

Informational Support

Information on starting a stroke support group has been provided to 12 Nebraska cities in the past two years.

Education Programs

Our education program at Seward Elementary for fifth-graders has been successful in teaching young students about stroke awareness. The program reached 125 students and teachers in 2014 and 200 students and teachers in 2015.

Home and Facility Visits

Our volunteers visit stroke survivors and their caregivers to provide support and education. In the past year volunteers have made 43 home visits to assist stroke survivors, 23 of which were on weekends so family members could be present. Volunteers also made 53 facility visits to check in on patients at Madonna and Bryan West, as well as at local nursing homes in Lincoln.

Presentations

Over the past three years volunteers and board members have provided 94 presentations to clubs, civic groups, and businesses, teaching stroke awareness and prevention. We have also assisted the Nebraska Health Care Association by providing speakers for nursing home and therapy staff education at conventions and providing education for nurses, aides, and therapists.

Affiliations

The NSSA has attended meetings of the Lincoln Stroke Partnership and the Nebraska Stroke Advisory Council for over five years.