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Revived Cowichan stroke recovery group undergoing recovery journey of its own

Cowichan’s new stroke recovery group is aimed at reducing the isolation that can get in the way of recovery. -
Cowichan’s new stroke recovery group is aimed at reducing the isolation that can get in the way of recovery.
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Research shows folks who’ve had strokes and get out into the community and connect with peers have healthier outcomes.

And that’s mostly due to reducing feelings of isolation and depression, thus overall creating a better quality of life.

Just ask folks with the Stroke Recovery Association of BC.

“We see the benefits everyday,” said the association’s executive director Tim Readman. “Members not only have access to our programs but they also develop friendships and find strength and support from other stroke survivors.”

Starting Dec. 5, the SRABC is offering again a stroke recovery support group in Duncan that will meet weekly on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Cowichan Regional Library at 2687 James Street.

“We’re trying to spread the word out to people in the community who might not have heard about us,” said SRABC’s Wendy Johnstone, noting the support group’s a revival of one that already existed in the community, but hadn’t been operational for about a year.

This group is trying out a new format, with different topics each week, including education, communication strategies, and caregiver support.

“Most of the individuals who had attended the support group before will be made aware it’s functioning again, and will be contacted,” said Johnstone.

The biggest component of Cowichan’s support gatherings is providing a welcoming place where stroke survivors and caregivers find mutual understanding, acceptance and support.

“It’s really about creating an opportunity for that social support system,” said Johnstone. “Those are the two big components of it.”

For more information about the group contact the coordinator Chris Rafuse at 778-455-2095 or by email at vancouverislandsrabc@gmail.com.

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