When people visit the information packed American Heart Association’s website it’s easy to overlook one of the best online stroke support resources you’ll find anywhere on the web—their online Stroke Survivors and Family Caregivers Discussion Community. Unlike some of the older online stroke support message boards, the AHA stroke message board is very basic, straight forward and extremely easy to use.
They provide seven quality forums for sharing feelings, resources, and ideas with others who have been touched by a stroke. If you or someone in your family had a stroke this free online message board can be a life-line.
The AHA Stroke Support Online Forums Include:
1) Read it in the Stroke Connection— This is where members of this online message board community discuss things they’ve read in the Stroke Connection Magazine, a free bi-monthly publication put out by the American Stroke Association which is a division of the AHA.
2) Stroke Survivors Sharing— This discussion forum for stroke survivors is for posting about any stroke related topic that comes to mind.
3) Caregivers Sharing Stroke— Family caregivers need a place to share and bond with each other and this is a good message board forum for that purpose.
4)) Communication Changes After Stroke— Anyone who has dealt with post-stroke language disorders knows how isolated and lonely that can make a person feel. Reading and posting in this message board forum can help with that.
5) Physical Changes After Stroke— Balance, mobility, paralysis and other physical post-stroke changes are all topics of discussion in this forum of the AHA message board.
6) Behavior Changes After Stroke— Stroke related emotional ups and downs, depression, memory challenges and one-side neglect are all topics you’ll find posted here.
7) Parents of Young Children with Stroke— Parents of children who’ve had strokes can find peer support in this forum of the AHA message board.
When you go to the first link provided below in ‘resources’ it will take you directly to the AHA’s Stroke Survivors and Family Caregivers Discussion Community. Once you post on the message board, you may notice that your post will disappear for a few hours. Don’t worry, it will come back. They apparently go in a queue to be approved before going public which is an effective way to keep the forums free of spam.
In addition to online stroke support via the message board the American Stroke Association has other types of support. One is their Common Threads Pen Pals online program where you can network to correspond with other stroke families. Another form of support offered by this non-profit organization is their Find a Stroke Support Group. It’s page where you can type in your zip code to find registered, local support groups near where you live. For additional information on these two support tools use the second link in ‘resources’ below. No matter what your stroke support or stroke information needs are the American Stroke Association pages at the AHA website are the top of the line places to look. Use the third link in ‘resources’ to find the stroke pages index at the AHA. ©
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