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Support groups and outreach

Support groups and outreach

Spinal cord support group

When: The first Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.
Where: Bradley Board Room on the first floor at Community Hospital East. This area, as well as the parking area, is fully handicapped accessible.
RSVP: Prior to attending, please call Holly Hons, physical therapist, at 317-621-3000.

Stroke support group

No one understands the problems of stroke as well as those who live with disability, day to day. But it’s ability that counts. The stroke support group encourages this belief through sharing of common concerns and goals in an atmosphere of camaraderie and friendship. The stroke support group is free of charge.

Who: Anyone recovering from a stroke who would like to share experiences or difficulties is welcome to attend.
When: Third Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.
Where: Bradley Board Room on the first floor at Community Hospital East. This area, as well as the parking area, is fully handicapped accessible.
RSVP: For more information, please call Michael Shain, Ph.D., HSPP, at 317-355-4268

Stroke resources

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Stroke support group discussion board

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Share your experiences, ask questions and receive support and answers through our stroke support discussion board. To use the discussion board, please sign up for a free myCommunity membership. For more information, please visit

Who is involved?

The group is open to anyone recovering from stroke, as well as their family members. The medical expertise of the Hook Rehabilitation staff is available for planning and input when requested.

What are the goals of the group?

The stroke support group is organized to:

  • Provide an environment for fun and friendship
  • Encourage involvement through community projects
  • Promote discussion among persons with similar problems
  • Increase awareness about stroke

What kinds of programs are presented?

Programs—both educational and informational—are chosen by the group members with input from the staff of the Hook Rehabilitation Center. Though topics are tailored to stroke recovery they aren't limited only to stroke recovery issues. In addition to medically related topics, programs include a variety of subjects, such as hobbies, travel and leisure activities. Guest speakers are also invited periodically.

Find stroke support groups

To find a stroke support group in your area, please call Michael Shain, Ph.D., HSPP, at 317-355-4268.

Brain injury support groups

The Brain Injury Association of Indiana offers local support groups throughout the state of Indiana. Please call 317-356-2777 or visit their Web site for locations and contact details.

Peer Visitor program

Hook Rehabilitation Center has an outreach program to offer support and encouragement to stroke survivors and family caregivers. The Stroke Connection Peer Visitor program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is designed to match recovering stroke survivors and caregivers with persons or families who have been recently affected by stroke.

Peer visitors are specially chosen. They participate in training with a senior stroke peer visitor, during which they learn how to provide visitor support services. Through weekly personal visits, peer visitors meet with stroke survivors and family caregivers to provide education, wellness information, advice and support during the difficult periods of stroke recovery.

For more information about the program, please call Michael Shain, Ph.D., HSPP, at 317-355-4268.

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