"Stroke Care - Expand 
Your Knowledge"

Friday, February 22, 2019
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/rehabilitation 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.

There is still time to register! Registration fee is $109 per attendee.  Register online  here .

See the full conference brochure here.

For more information contact  Jeanette Boucher.

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 6, 11 am - noon
Vocal Cord Paralysis Post Stroke: What Are the Treatment Options?
Shannon Kraft, MD
Jessica Sullivan, SLP

Wednesday, April 3, 11 am - noon
Cognition After Stroke: Why Am I/Why is My Loved One So Different?
Jerrold Yeo, PsyD. 

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 Betty
by Katie Pascuzzi, OT student

Betty is a bright  and gregarious stroke survivor of 10 years who recently started at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) in Mission, KS. She is originally from a very small town in Iowa where she raised her five children with her husband, Joe, to whom she has been married for 70 years! Betty enjoys sewing quilts, got her younger sister into the hobby as well, and is a member of the Greater Kansas City quilt group. Betty recalls that she always made her kids' clothes and would match her two oldest daughters, who were 15 months apart. She also enjoys baking and cooking.
Betty absolutely adores ASF and especially loves aquatics. When asked how ASF has changed her view of life she exclaims it has opened up a whole new world, "I keep saying where has this been all this time?!" Betty states she loves ASF because of everyone with positive attitudes, the exercise, and the ability to meet new people and converse with each other. She expresses gratitude for the students and states they give her such a positive outlook. However, Betty's warmth and optimistic demeanor at ASF has proved to be a strong presence for others as well! She explains that her motto is "you just have to keep going and looking for tomorrow!"

Healthy Eating Recipe

Linguine with Garbanzo Beans & Arugula
by Mayo Clinic Staff

This recipe provides insoluble fiber (from whole-grain pasta) and soluble fiber (from garbanzo beans). Both are good for your health.

  • 6 ounces whole-grain linguine or spaghetti
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive or canola oil
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen stir-fry vegetables (onions and green, red and yellow peppers), chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (15 ounces) unsalted garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 4 ounces (about 4 cups) arugula or baby spinach, coarsely chopped
Cook linguine for 5 minutes in boiling water. Drain, reserving 2 cups cooking water.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-low heat. Add stir-fry vegetables and garlic. Cook for 3 minutes.
Add the pasta, reserved cooking water, chickpeas, crushed red pepper, lemon zest and lemon juice to skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.

Remove pan from the heat and stir in the cheese and arugula or baby spinach. Toss to combine until greens are wilted. Serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving
Serving size: about 1 ½ cups

Monounsaturated fat
3 g
Total fat
10 g
Saturated fat
4 g
20 g
Trans fat
0 g
18 mg
459 mg
Total carbohydrate
51 g
Added sugars
0 g
Dietary fiber
9 g

StoriesMore Next Step Participants

Meet Robert
by Lisa Mader, OTA Student

Robert and his wife, Rhonda, met at Southeast High School in an 11th grade English class. Rhonda was a quiet girl, and Robert, being a jokester, kidded her all the time. They both graduated in 1976 and have been married for 34 years. They have two children, one boy and one girl, as well as two grandchildren. Robert says his wife is a good support system for him, as she is always there and tells him what he needs to do. He has said they talk nearly every day to their children on the telephone. Their daughter is still in school to become a doctor at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Last September, Robert went to the doctor for high blood pressure. He was told he had a stroke. He was sent to a local hospital for two days and then discharged home. Robert sees his life differently after the stroke. He says, "Everything is different, but I try it anyway." He said his friendships have changed and are not like they used to be. Rhonda says Robert used to be the "Mayor of the Block." She described him as a "Talker." However, he does not talk as much now. He is still a good listener, laughs a lot, and his sense of humor is still there.

Robert was a residential electrician. He continues to work in the yard and on his in-ground swimming pool. Robert and Rhonda enjoy eating out, going to the movies, and visiting with Rhonda's cousins. Rhonda was already retired when Robert's stroke occurred, and she has transitioned into this new way of life. Robert and Rhonda agreed, "You can do all the things that you are supposed to do, but sometimes God has other plans for you."

Robert likes to come to the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) Next Step Program for the camaraderie he has with the other participants. He likes the involvement and sense of purpose he finds with the group. His favorite things about ASF are the community outings, learning about wellness, and participating at the Stroke Walk.

Meet Erin
by Caroline Silva, OT Student

Erin had a stroke in April of 2017 and started attending the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) in July of 2018. Her favorite things about ASF are the people she gets to meet, the flexibility and variety of group activities, as well as the guest speakers offered. Outside of ASF, Erin enjoys playing with her dogs and taking them on walks. She also loves to go hiking with her husband as often as they can. Hiking is an activity Erin used to like before her stroke and is thankful she can continue this activity.
Erin is married to the love of her life whom she considers to be her best support system. She also has friends and family who have walked alongside her on this journey of recovery. Erin confesses it can be challenging to educate friends and family about the effects of the stroke in her life. She says it has been a great journey navigating through the obstacles and growing together with her support system.
Erin's physical limitations from the stroke have affected her day-to-day activities. "Right now my goal is to get better, but my relationship with people is different than what is was before the stroke." Erin has learned "Life is short" and she has dedicated each day to living her life to the fullest ever since her stroke. "I have learned to enjoy life as much as I can. Be nice, be real and be compassionate."

Save The Dates!
Rose Award Luncheon
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
At the Sylvester Jr. Powell Community Center, 6200 Martway, Mission, KS.

Stroke Walk
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019
At the Cloverleaf Office Park,  6811 Shawnee Mission Pkwy, Overland Park, KS (behind Building #1).

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
Legacy Park Community Center
901 NE Bluestem
Lee's Summit, MO 64086
Southeast Community Center
4201 E 63rd St
Kansas City, MO 64131

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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.