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Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group

Statement of Purpose

Support Group with Dr. Rodgers at Schuylkill Rehabilitation CenterThe purpose of this group is to provide people who have had a stroke or family, friends and caregivers of those who have had a stroke, the opportunity to talk freely about problems, concerns, and frustrations, and to share information, encouragement, helpful hints, and support. Through your participation in this group, you can learn more about stroke and get ideas about what you can do to reduce your risk of stroke.

What Happens at Meetings?

Meetings are open to the public and may include lectures with question and answer sessions given by various medical experts, review of current literature/research, and general discussions among members. Educational sessions may include films, handouts, seminars, or problems of daily living. Generally, the meetings last about 1 hour. Everyone is encouraged to participate at his/her own comfort level.

Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Please check the Calendar of Events on this website or call the Schuylkill Rehabilitation Center at (570) 621-9500.

What is Stroke?

A stroke is a brain injury that occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. When the blood flow is interrupted, brain cells, which control different body functions, die. This causes an impairment or loss of body functions such as paralysis, aphasia, memory loss, judgment difficulties, or depression. Stroke is the third leading cause of disability in the United States.

Symptoms of Stroke

  • Sudden Numbness or Weakness of Face, Arm, or Leg – especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden Confusion, Trouble Speaking or Understanding
  • Sudden Trouble Seeing in One or Both Eyes
  • Sudden Trouble Walking, Dizziness, Loss of Balance or Coordination
  • Sudden Severe Headache with No Known Cause

To print a brochure on this support group, please go to the Publications section of this website or click here.

For more information about Cerebral Vascular Accidents (CVA) or stroke visit these websites:

The Stroke Network
National Stroke Association

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)?

The brain is a sensory processor, where each of our experiences are dependent on the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, retrieve, and transmit sensory information. This process allows us to think, see, smell, feel, remember, and behave appropriately. These essential functions can be impaired as a result of even a minor brain injury and cause distress to our normal daily routines. TBI is any injury to the brain that is caused by trauma to the head through an external force. It caused damage to the brain tissue which results in physical, cognitive, social, and emotional changes. These changes can either be short-term or permanent.

Most Common Causes of TBI

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Violence (Gunshots and Child Abuse)
  • Sport & Recreational Activities
  • Lightening Strikes