Healthcare Professionals Conference
"Stroke Care - Expand 
Your Knowledge"

Friday, February 28, 2020
7:30 am to 4:30 pm

Held at:
Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway St.
Mission, KS 66202

Conference Overview
This conference will address areas related to medical/rehabilitative care, research and community services across the continuum in working with individuals following a stroke.

Continuing Education Units
All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for 6.5 hours to self-submit to their respective healthcare profession for CE processing. Pre-approved for 6.5 Kansas Nursing CEUs. Pending CCM approval through CMSA-KC.

Registration is required. Cost is $109. Deadline for registration is February 21, 2020. Register now!

See the full conference brochure here.

For more information, contact Jeanette Boucher.

Thank You to Our 
Conference Sponsors




Ability KC
AccessAble Living
Brookdale Senior Living
The Forum of Overland Park
Hanger Clinic: Prosthetics & Orthotics
Homewatch CareGivers
Right At Home
Saint Luke's South Hospital
The University of Kansas Health System
Villa St. Francis
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, March 4, 11 am - noon
Post Stroke Depression
Nia Billings, MD

Wednesday, April 1, 11 am - noon
Memory Assessment and Attention Skills
Adam Parks, PsyD

Wednesday, May 6, 11 am - noon
Vision Loss After Stroke
Mary Champion, MD

Wednesday, June 3, 11 am - noon
Ask an Expert Panel
Domenico Gattozzi, MD; Ryan Lay, MD; Michael Bellew, MD; and Stephen Bai, 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 Ken & Marilyn
by Kirsten Gilbert, OT Student

Ken and Marilyn were two small town kids who met in their freshman algebra class. "It was not love at first sight". Marilyn stated. In fact, the two did not begin dating until their senior year of high school. Ken played football and Marilyn played in the band. After games, Ken and Marilyn would go on casual dates. They often went roller skating and recalled performing some skating tricks while listening to the song "Good Night, Irene". Ken and Marilyn married on December 12, 1955 and have been married for 64 years. They have three children, two grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. The couple enjoy traveling, fishing, skiing, and spending time at their cabin they built themselves as a 40th wedding anniversary gift. The couple would one day like to visit the Château Frontenac in Quebec, Canada.

After Ken had his stroke, the couple experienced a change in roles, including driving, but remained as close as ever as a couple. Ken stated, "I am the luckiest stroke survivor there is."

Ken says the key to a happy marriage is to "love each other and respect each other always". Marilyn says her advise is to be friends. "Ken is my best friend. Given a choice to do something with him or the girls, I'll pick him."

Healthy Eating Recipe

Broiled Salmon with Olive Pesto
from the American Heart & Stroke Association

An aromatic pesto accented with black olives and citrus makes the flavor profile of this dish more sophisticated than your average broiled salmon. Not only is it packed with salmon's heart-healthy omega 3s, it's also super fast to cook.

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup loosely packed, fresh basil
  • 2 Tbsp pine nuts
  • 2 Tbsp sliced black olives
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp light mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (minced)
  • salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each), rinsed, patted dry
Preheat the broiler. Lightly spray the broiler pan with cooking spray.

In a food processor or blender, process the remaining ingredients except the fish for 15 to 20 seconds, or until slightly chunky.

Place the fish on the broiler pan. Using a pastry brush or spoon, spread the basil mixture over both sides of the fish.

Broil the fish about 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Turn over the fish. Broil for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the desired doneness.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: 1 4-oz. filet

Total Fat
10.5 g
   Saturated Fat
1.5 g
   Trans Fat
0.0 g
   Polyunsaturated Fat
2.5 g
   Monounsaturated Fat
4.5 g
53 mg
149 mg
Total Carbohydrate
3 g
   Dietary Fiber
1 g
1 g
25 g
StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Irma 
by Rachel Hare, OT Student

Irma is a participant at two of the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step program locations. She enjoys the variety of activities at each location and amount of time she is able to spend at ASF throughout the week. Irma loves to participate in daily exercises such as morning muscle moves. She enjoys the informational presentations, fellowship and great conversations shared with others. She is happy to have met many friendly faces through ASF.
In her free time, you may find Irma visiting with friends, participating in a writer's group, at church, or reading. She also enjoys spending time at the KC symphony with her husband, Horace. Horace and Irma have been married 53 years after meeting in a meteorology course in college. Irma says she is thankful for his support as well as the support of her children.
Having a stroke comes with its ups and downs. Irma states she is more easily frustrated now, but appreciates new friendships made along the way. She is thankful for the doors that have been open to her after having a stroke and meeting nice people through this process. Being involved in ASF, she has realized that stroke can affect people of any age. Her best advice is to take life one day at a time.

Meet Joyce
by Liz Benoit, OT Student

Six years ago on January 15th at 5:15 am Joyce sustained a stroke. Joyce enjoys her time at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) and can be found motivating anyone who walks through the door. She is a light to everyone at ASF because of her beautiful smile, words of encouragement, and cheerful spirit. Joyce is most often described as a motivator and cheerleader at ASF. Before her stroke, Joyce was the "go to" person for all her family and friends when they needed support or advice. Currently, Joyce takes advantage of the opportunity to be the "go to" person at ASF. Joyce has formed many close friendships by taking on this role.

Joyce has a very genuine relationship with volunteer, Debby Exon, who offers a class called GratiTUNES at ASF. Something Joyce enjoys most about ASF is chatting with Debby after each class. Debby and Joyce share a mutual interest in encouraging others to be their best and helping others boost their self-confidence. Joyce has a fun time in creative conversations because she has become close friends with everyone in the room. Joyce also likes morning muscle moves because of the long-term effects she receives from the stretches and exercises.
Outside of ASF, you can find Joyce hanging out with friends, watching movies on her tablet, playing games, practicing her handwriting, and looking at pictures to help put names to faces. Andre, Joyce's husband, is Joyce's biggest support. He pushes Joyce to be a better person and helps her to always work hard. She credits her success to the motivation he is constantly giving her. Joyce says, "Andre is awesome!"

Joyce's life has changed in more ways than one after her stroke. She say's life can be hard and stressful, but she works hard to keep improving. For Joyce, seeing the improvements she has made since her stroke is very rewarding. Joyce says that, from life, she has learned to appreciate everyone's high level of support. Joyce feels ASF has changed her view of life because it's encouraging to see everyone improve. She is strong in her faith and works hard to maintain a close relationship with God because she knows her strength comes from the Lord.

Save the Date ...

Rose Award Luncheon

Thursday, May 7, 2020
11:30 am

Sylvester Powell Jr. Community Center
6200 Martway, Mission, KS 66202

Save the Date ...

Stroke Walk

September 12, 2020

IRA Donation Option
QUESTION: Has my ability to make direct charitable donations from my IRA when I reach the age of 70-1/2 been affected by the new tax law?  - 72-year-old retiree, Overland Park, Kansas

ANSWER:  Donating to charities like the American Stroke Foundation directly from an IRA after age 70-1/2 is still allowed under the new tax laws. This lets IRA owners who have attained age 70-1/2 to distribute money directly from their IRA to a qualified charity. Always consult a tax adviser with additional questions. 
Donate a Vehicle
We can accept any vehicle, any condition! Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA) processes all donations and provides tax receipts. The donation process is easy and completely free to donors. Call 1-800-269-6814 or click here to start the process online.

ASF Locations
Business Office
6405 Metcalf Ave, Ste. 214 
Overland Park, KS 66202
ASF Next Step Programs
J. Thomas Lovell Jr. Community Center at Legacy Park
901 NE Bluestem
Lee's Summit, MO 64086

Kansas City North Community Center
 3930 NE Antioch Rd
Kansas City, MO 64117

Southeast Community Center
4201 E 63rd St
Kansas City, MO 64131

Sylvester Powell Jr. 
Community Center 
6200 Martway St
Mission, KS 66202