Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, HealthSouth to host Strokes for Strokes Art Ther­apy

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion/Amer­i­can Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion and HealthSouth Read­ing Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hospi­tal in­vite stroke sur­vivors, their care­givers and ther­a­pists to take part in the free Strokes for Strokes art ther­apy paint­ing class on Satur­day, Jan. 21 from 1-4 p.m. at Yocum In­sti­tute for Arts Ed­u­ca­tion, 1100 Bel­mont Ave., Wy­omiss­ing.

This cre­ative class led by a lo­cal artist helps those re­cov­er­ing from a stroke by stim­u­lat­ing brain func­tion and im­prov­ing hand­eye co­or­di­na­tion. Re­search shows that paint­ing and art ther­apy can be an en­joy­able way to en­hance re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for stroke pa­tients.

The stroke art ther­apy project is sup­ported by HealthSouth Read­ing Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Hospi­tal as part of their spon­sor­ship of the Berks County Heart Walk, set for Sun­day, Septem­ber 23, 2017 at Gring’s Mill Recre­ation Area in Read­ing.

Ev­ery year, al­most 800,000 peo­ple in the U.S. have a stroke, one ev­ery 40 sec­onds. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death in the U.S. and a lead­ing cause of longterm dis­abil­ity. How­ever,

stroke is largely treat­able and pre­ventable.

Any­one in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Strokes for Stroke paint­ing class can regis­ter by con­tact­ing An­drea King of the Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion at an­drea.king@heart.org or 614-396-3501.

For more in­for­ma­tion about spot­ting the signs of a stroke, stroke risk fac­tors and treat­ment, visit www. stroke­as­so­ci­a­tion.org.

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