November 27, 2018

Following the retail events of Black Friday,
Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday provides an opportunity for people around the world to support what matters most to
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From all of us at the American Stroke Foundation thank you for your support on #GivingTuesday and every single day you help to enable our mission.
Should I apply for Social Security Disability Insurance?

by Jane Henderson, ASF Stroke Survivor Navigation Program

American Stroke Foundation does not endorse Allsup Company, or any other benefit company. This information is provided to you for educational purposes only.

If you are a working adult who has had a stroke, someone has probably suggested you apply for disability through the federal Social Security Administration. After all, if you have paid taxes from your wages and you meet certain criteria, they reason, you may qualify for this benefit.

Making that decision can be a rough task: you have to change your thinking about who you are and what you can do. You have to listen to your doctors when they talk about how long you might be unable to work and whether you can return to work.

There are many attorneys and companies who claim to be able to help you through the process of applying for disability. Just looking on the internet can make you dizzy with alternatives! 

Stroke Education Series

The American Stroke Foundation and The University of Kansas Health System partner to provide a stroke education speaker series as part of the ASF Next Step Program.

Wednesday, November 14, 11 am - noon
Keep Your Blood Sugar on the Straight Path
Whitney Dunn, RD

Wednesday, December 5, 11 am - noon
Keeping Your Heart in Rhythm
Rhea Pimentel, MD

Classes meet at:
Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center, Room B 
6200 Martway St, Mission, KS

The Stroke Education Series is free and open to the public. Click  here to reserve your space today!
Meet Some Next Step Participants
The American Stroke Foundation Next Step Program is a wellness program to help people who have had a stroke continue to improve and regain independence in daily living skills.

Meet James
by Sarah Richardson, OTA Student

James enjoys the people, the education he gains, and the relaxation he experiences coming to the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step Program. When not at the ASF, he enjoys going out to eat with his wife, Lynell, watching just about everything on TV including basketball, football, and he loves golf! James knows all the sports statistics and the players' names.
His support system includes his wife, son and daughters. He has a sister he spends time with as well. The ASF and his church family are also part of his support system.
James says he used to do more of the physical work in the home before his stroke and now Lynell has needed to take on a lot of the responsibilities he took care of. James says he did everything for himself but now he does have to ask for so much more support, but he doesn't want to over stack his wife with pressure of doing more things. He tries to take everything off her shoulders but has found that it is hard to 'keep up' now.
He remarks that the ASF has changed his view of life because he has learned a lot there. At first, it was hard to adjust to not doing everything like all the driving, for example, but he has come to find by coming to the ASF he is not the only one - and that has made it easier. He didn't realize how much he did before he had the stroke. He used to put his wife and their little grandbaby in the car and just go, but now he has needed to adjust to being in the passenger seat. Even though it has required adjustments from being more independent, James says he prefers the collaboration he and Lynell have struck in the new way of doing things and enjoys his partnership with her very much despite the challenges that have occurred having survived a stroke.

SSDISocial Security Disability Insurance
( continued)

Help is near: a new e-book is available from Allsup, a company that helps people navigate the process of getting their disability benefits. Allsup claims to have a success rate of 96%.

The e-book, Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance: Getting It Right the First Time, is available free for you to download from this internet link:

This is a very useful guide to understanding the workings of the Social Security Disability Insurance program. The benefit is available if a person becomes disabled before reaching retirement age. According to the book, a 20-year-old worker has a one-in-four chance of becoming disabled prior to retirement age. Understanding this benefit can help clarify what many have recognized as a complicated system. The book estimates that 67% of all first-time applications are denied and the causes may be as simple as a missed signature or failure to respond to a request for additional information.

According to the e-book, being prepared and getting help are the first steps. Help is available from a company like Allsup or from an attorney who specializes in disability application process.

Finding out if you qualify is also important. There are three important criteria to consider.
  1. Have you worked five out of the last 10 years and paid Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes?
  2. Are you between the age of 21 and your retirement age? Remember that retirement age for Social Security now varies from 65 to 67 years.
  3. Is your illness severe and will it keep you from working for at least a year?
In this e-book are many suggestions about how you can help make your application process go smoothly. It also outlines the time periods involved in the application process. For instance, it gives a clear explanation of the "onset date", the five-month waiting period, and when you might be eligible for a retroactive payment. It also defines two conditions that might qualify for quick approval for your application. You can also learn about the process of coordinating benefits if you are able to return to work.

One important part of the e-book is a list of questions you should ask if you are considering hiring a representative to help you apply for SSDI benefits. As with any big decision, you need to get information before you proceed: what experience does the potential representative have; what is the representative's success rate; what exactly will the representative do; has the representative worked with people with your specific disability; what is the cost and how will it be paid. If you do not do your homework, you might find that you are not happy with the results. Ask questions first!

American Stroke Foundation does not endorse Allsup Company, or any other benefit company. This information is provided to you for educational purposes only.
StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Annette
by Mady Priebe, OT Student

If you have had the wonderful opportunity to visit the American Stroke Foundation's Mission location, you likely have seen Annette's enthusiastic dance moves or heard her lovely singing voice. Annette always brings a smile to others with her positive attitude and energy. Annette grew up in Goodland, KS. She met her husband Charles, or "Chuck", in college where they both had musical interests. Annette said that they had a lot of fun together and "laughed their way through school". Annette and Chuck moved around following college eventually returning to the Kansas City area. Annette has two daughters, Julie and Kendra, who now have children of their own. Annette appreciates everything her daughter's do for her as she alternates each week living with them. She feels her daughters are her greatest supporters. For employment, Annette followed her love of music and worked as a music teacher for several years. When her daughters were born, she stayed at home to raise her two girls. Later on in her 40's, she went back to school to get her Master of Social Work degree. She worked for the VNA, Lakeview Village, and as a Christian counselor. When Annette had her stroke, she stated that her brain "suddenly went dead". Her daughter Julie came home and noticed something was wrong. Annette felt confused, unable to hear what was going on around her, or speak clearly. When Julie realized Annette might be having a stroke, she called 911. As Annette recovered at Menorah Medical Center, she had difficulty speaking, her vision was impacted, and she had difficulty walking. She said initially no one expected her to get out of a wheelchair. Annette has come a long way since that time and she attributes this to the support of her daughters, faith in God, and the American Stroke Foundation (ASF).
At ASF, Annette feels there is a willingness to understand what others are going through and acceptance that it is okay to be a stroke survivor. She said being a part of this group allowed her to accept that she had a stroke, to be upset about some things, and to be happy about others. Annette feels ASF has been uplifting for her and that participating in the program changes her attitude each day through her interactions with other survivors. Being a part of this organization just makes her feel good. Outside of ASF, Annette enjoys reading, attending bible study and church, and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She feels her stroke changed her perspective on almost everything, but that she also has less fears and frustrations now. Her speech has improved and each day she gets better and better. Annette feels this also brought her closer to God and stronger in her faith. In all her wisdom, Annette has learned from life that faith is the most important thing. She also encourages herself and others to take challenges one step at a time and to recognize all you have to be grateful for in your life.

ASF Locations
Business Office
6405 Metcalf Ave, Ste. 214 
Overland Park, KS 66202
ASF Next Step Programs
Sylvester Powell Jr. 
Community Center 
6200 Martway St
Mission, KS 66202
Blue Springs Family YMCA
1300 Adams Dairy Parkway
Blue Springs, MO 64014
Cleaver Family YMCA
7000 Troost Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64131

Contact Us
American Stroke Foundation

Executive Director

Program Director

Next Step Program Coordinator
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Stroke Survivor Navigation Program Coordinator

Next Step  Program Coordinator

Next Step  Program Coordinator

Mission Facility Coordinator

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Healthy Eating Recipe
Turkey Bean Soup
by Mayo Clinic Staff

Fall is here! What better time to make some delicious and healthy soup.

  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) unsalted diced tomatoes
  • 3 cubes low-sodium chicken bouillon
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 can (15 ounces) unsalted cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
In a large saucepan, cook the ground turkey, onion, celery and garlic until the vegetables are softened and the turkey is cooked.

Add the ketchup, tomatoes, bouillon, water, basil, pepper, cabbage and beans.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: About 3 1/2 cups

Total fat
2 g
Saturated fat
< 1 g
Trans fat
0 g
Monounsaturated fat
37 mg
204 mg
Total carbohydrate
30 g
Dietary fiber
10 g
Added sugars
0 g
26 g

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A Lasting Legacy
You can make sure the ongoing and future needs of individuals who have survived a stroke are met by including the American Stroke Foundation in your will or estate plans.  This might include a bequest, life insurance policy, or trust arrangement. Consult your attorney or financial adviser  on how you can make a planned gift.
ASF Board of Directors

Richard March

Sara Baker

Janice Sandt

Mary Jo Morrow

Betsy Rosetti Brown

Marques Mosby

Kathy Parker

Kimberly Poecker, DO

Karina Shreefer

Rakesh Vardey, MD

Advisory Board

Lyde Doston

Bob Frazier

Micki Harrison

Spence Heddens

Steve Israelite

Marilyn Rymer, MD

Robbie Small

Shirley Rose