Aphasia and Stroke Recovery Awareness Event

In celebration of World Stroke Day, Linking Survivors with Survivors is holding an Aphasia and Stroke Recovery Awareness Event. The event will take place on Thursday, October 30th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., at the Theatre Arts Room at Bishop MacDonell High School, 200 Clair Road, West, Guelph, Ontario. 

There will be an update on the Waterloo-Wellington Regional Aphasia Program and a screening of the film, “HOPE IS A FOUR LETTER WORD”, a moving film detailing life with aphasia. Aphasia is the partial or total loss of the ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written language, resulting from damage to the brain caused by injury, stroke or disease. People with aphasia may have problems speaking, understanding speech, using numbers or reading and writing. These difficulties can range from mild to severe in nature.

The condition causes communication challenges, but is not a sign of reduced intelligence. Aphasia does not affect the ability to think, reason, or understand. Rather, people with aphasia know what they want to say, but have trouble putting their thoughts into words. Approximately 1/3 of stroke survivors will have aphasia.

The event is sponsored in part by Linking Survivors with Survivors (LSWS), a volunteer-driven project connecting new stroke survivors with individuals who have already made successful recoveries from stroke. LSWS provides post-stroke peer support for survivors and caregiver and is designed to help individuals and families as they transition from the hospital setting to recovery at home. Through hospital visits, community involvement and peer support groups, new stroke survivors benefit from mentorship and gain a better understanding of their stroke recovery journey.

Linking Survivors with Survivors is managed by Stroke Recovery Canada®, a program of March of Dimes Canada, with participation from the following Chapters/Associations: Kitchener/Waterloo, North Wellington, Guelph-Wellington, and Cambridge, in partnership with Grand River Hospital Stroke Centre and South Regional Stroke Network. It is funded through the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network.

The event is free, open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

RSVP: March of Dimes Canada 
519-579-5530 ext.​ 230 or tpyke@marchofdimes.ca

For more information on Stroke Recovery Canada®, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca/src.

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