“Strokes for Stroke” Art Therapy Class Returns to The NeuroMedical CenterMay 30, 2019 9:08 pm
Capital Area stroke survivors will have the opportunity to express themselves through art as the American Heart Association’s “Strokes for Stroke” art therapy class returns to The NeuroMedical Center for a second year. Participants in the “Strokes For Stroke” classes will personalize their own version of a painting that will later be on display for the community.
“Strokes for Stroke” provides art classes to stroke survivors. This program recognizes local individuals who have shown invincible strength, resilience, perseverance and aptitude in their fight against stroke. Art therapy is used as one method to help stroke patients recover. Creating images uses the physical and cognitive sides of the brain and making art combines the two. Art therapy has shown an early promise in assisting the patient with recovery issue such as verbal communication, depression and the physical pain associated with stroke.
“Calling attention to Stroke awareness and the importance of art therapy in particular is so very important in our community,” said NeuroMedical Center neurologist and OLOL Stroke Center Medical Director, Dr. B. Glenn Kidder. “Most Americans can’t name one symptom of a stroke and we need to change that through awareness in order to improve patient outcomes.”
“It is important to find recovery tools that can stimulate and inspire the patient, and we know that painting achieves that,” said NeuroMedical Center Rehabilitation Hospital Administrator, Bradley Pevey, PT. “We are excited to participate in this program with the American Heart Association and show the community just how far our patients have come in their recovery.”
In 2019, the “Strokes for Stroke” program is a FREE. two-day event open to all area stroke survivors. The classes will be held on Tuesday, June 18th and Wednesday, June 19th from 2pm-4pm both days. All materials will be provided to participants at no charge. Space is limited! For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact Lisa Comeaux (225) 906-2756 or email [email protected]
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States; however, it remains a leading cause of permanent adult disability. While traditional therapy helps a stroke patient regain mobility and brain function, art therapy has been found to help fight depression and anxiety during stroke recovery. Art therapy can also stimulate the brain’s ability to adjust and form new pathways after stroke and offer a new form of expression for someone who has lost certain abilities.
About The American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org.