Friday, January 4, 2008

Rocky Mountain Stroke Association

We hit the jackpot this week! We have two guest bloggers. We love inviting folks from the community to tell us their story, or to highlight something that’s important for them. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please contact us.

We have mentioned on other occasions that we have a very special collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Stroke Association (RMSA). Every Wednesday the Capabilities conference room turns into the RMSA community room, delivering physical therapy and speech therapy. This year the program expands, with the addition of speech assessments and soon, a music therapy group. We’ll be sure to tell you about this new group as soon as details are available.

The folks at RMSA have written a blog explaining their services and inviting you to participate. Please contact them at 303-730-8800 for more details.

RMSA has been serving stroke survivors and their families in the Denver metro area for over 15 years. The agency was founded by a group of professionals and stroke survivors in Littleton who saw gaps in both public education about stroke and recovery options for “life after stroke”. “Life after stroke” is an ever changing continuum for stroke survivors and their families ranging from the onset of stroke as a medical emergency through the emotional, social, and physical adjustment to the body and brain changes that result from a clot or hemorrhage. “Life after stroke” continues when survivors hit therapeutic “plateaus”, the insurance runs out, caregivers feel frustrated, or the visitors slow down. It continues when survivors return home to their communities, their homes, and the art of living. RMSA, whether at the main office or satellite locations, offers a unique community of its own and supports survivors’ engagement within the larger community.

RMSA continues to work to make rehab services more accessible to survivors in north metro Denver at its satellite location in the Capabilities community room. Capabilities has served as a happy home for our operations for the past year or so and we are ready to expand and explore! The Westminster Aphasia Group is thriving with over 10 regular attendees and therefore will begin meeting weekly in January 2008! Physical therapy currently meets weekly. The class has space for a few more stroke survivors interested in increasing mobility, balance, and strength. And last, but not least stay tuned for the introduction of music therapy into our repertoire later this winter. Music therapy is a hit down at the Littleton office and more and more research is showing that it does help clients reach physical, speech, and cognitive goals. If you are interested in further information, give RMSA’s main office a call at 303-730-8800.

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