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Flashback to the good old days, last month, when Delta participants cheered each other on in the gym program. We'll be there again!

A Message From the
SRABC Team

We're going through a hard time right now; in BC, in Canada, and around the world.

A lot of us are worried about becoming ill, or about loved ones becoming ill. There's anxiety about shortages in grocery stores and pharmacies, and important programs and services closing.

The news can feel like an onslaught -- for the last week or so, it's felt like one shocking piece of information after another. And on top of all of that, social distancing is hard; especially at a time when we want to pull together.

At SRABC, we made the difficult decision to suspend all of our in-person programs and services. We know this was the right thing to do for the safety of our participants, volunteers, coordinators and staff. The full list is on our website but, basically, if you had to leave your house, it's postponed until April 6 at the earliest. 

We are working hard to keep in touch with participants, to continue to provide some services remotely, and to implement alternatives for program delivery, like a virtual stroke recovery branch program (read more below!).

We want you to know that we are still working and available to support you in your recovery journey.

Our local community coordinator team is available to provide information and support in communities across BC.  Alternatively, you can also contact staff and we will do our best to help you with what you need.

And keep reading; this edition of Snippets After Stroke includes information and resources that may be helpful right now.

Most importantly -- take care of yourself and each other. Right now when we need to maintain distance, it's more important than ever to remain close!

Socially Distant
Programs and Resources

Join our Virtual Branch!

Anyone is welcome to join in for exercise, education, brain exercises, and discussion. We can't bring the people to our 29 Branch Programs throughout BC, so we're bringing the programs to you, through Videoconference and, soon, Teleconference. 

We're also planning to add a virtual supported conversation group for people with aphasia. 

The first Virtual Branch session will be this Friday, March 20, at 10:00 a.m. Lots more will be scheduled shortly. 

Join the Friday program using your computer, smartphone or tablet.

To join the meeting:

At 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 20, click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/439516895
It will ask you to install or open zoom. 

That's it!
Don't panic if it takes a few tries -- the first half-hour of the meeting is unstructured, to give people time to get in.

If you have any problems joining the meeting, call, text or email us and we will walk you through it:

Jill Jukes: jjukes@marchofdimes.ca or 604-349-3717
Janneke Vissers: jvissers@marchofdimes.ca or 236-333-5133

You don't need to, but if you'd like more information on how to join a Zoom meeting, here is a link with simple instructions (video and written): https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting

Here is the meeting agenda:
10-10:30 - Logging in, chatting, welcome and introductions, using Zoom
10:30 - 10:50 - Warm Up/Brain exercises
10:50-11:30 - Information and discussion / Q&A on COVID-19 
11:30-11:40 - break / get ready for exercises
11:40-12:30- exercise session led by a fitness instructor
12:30-12:45 - Closing /  Q&As / feedback

If you would like to be invited to future virtual programs, contact us to be included on the email list!
 

Other Programs and Resources in the
Time of COVID-19

  • BC211 remains an excellent, searchable source for community resources throughout BC.
  • PovNet has an extensive list of COVID-19 information and resources, including enhanced government services, and companies that are waiving some fees and payments.
  • Some grocery stores and drug stores are offering opening times for seniors and others at risk; google or call your local store for more information.
  • BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help you manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
  • Stroke Class has a free 20-minute exercise video by a physiotherapist.
  • Or, your next fitness instructor might be YouTube. Once you're there, search "chair exercises" or "gentle yoga", or whatever you want to do, and you'll probably find a video.
  • We still and always recommend Enable Me, the Australian stroke foundation's website, for online (blog, video, podcast and more) stroke recovery resources and information. 
  • The amazing people at Tactus Therapy have prepared an aphasia-friendly info sheet on COVID-19.
  • The National Aphasia Association (US) hosts a monthly video chat for people with aphasia. The next topic is Dealing With the Unexpected.

This is just the start of a list. We will be posting more information and links as we find them -- follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

SRABC Membership 

We've extended the deadline to get or renew your membership to May 31, 2020.

Membership is $20; it is for individuals who are interested in voting at the SRABC AGM, which is currently planned for 1 p.m. on Sat, Sept 12, 2020 at Coquitlam Branch (Dogwood Pavilion). 

Membership is not required to participate in programs or receive services.

For more information, contact us. 

Recovery and Prevention

Evidence-based:
Music Therapy Can Boost Your Recovery

New research has found music therapy can have a positive effect on the neurorehabilitation of acute stroke patients, as well as their mood.

The study is the first large-scale investigation into the feasibility of delivering these exercise involving music therapy, according to researchers at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) in the United Kingdom.

According to the researchers, music therapy helps stroke patients through mood regulation, improved concentration, and promoting changes in the brain to improve function, known as neural reorganization. Physical benefits include better arm function and gait, researchers add.

Read the full article here.

World Class Treatment in Kelowna



Photo credit the Kelowna Daily Courier

Interior Health is becoming a world leader in stroke treatment.

“We’re more co-ordinated and efficient than hospitals in Vancouver,” said Dr. Aleksander Tkach, medical director of stroke services at Kelowna General Hospital.

“Better and faster is paramount in treatment of a stroke, and the Interior Health Stroke Network is better and faster.” Keep reading this interesting article!

Research and Innovation

Exciting New Research at University of Calgary

Researchers at the University of Calgary may have made a breakthrough in stroke treatment that could see patients’ brain cells preserved in the minutes after a stroke, preventing permanent brain damage.

A double-blind randomized trial led by the Cumming School of Medicine’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Alberta Health Services looked at the use of an experimental neuroprotective drug called nerinetide.

“Compared to placebo, almost 20 per cent more patients who received nerinetide along with endovascular treatment, but did not receive alteplase, recovered from a devastating stroke — a difference between paralysis and walking out of the hospital,” said Dr. Michael Hill in a news release from the U of C. Read the full article here.

Wearable Magnetic Stimulator for Stroke Recovery

Photo credit American HeartAssociation
Researchers at the Eddy Scurlock Stroke Center at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas have now successfully tested a wearable, multifocal, transcranial, rotating, permanent magnet stimulator (TRPMS) to boost neural activity near injured brain areas in patients recovering from a stroke. Continue reading.

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