SEBRING - A new self-help group for people who have had a stroke and are living with the effects has started.
The new Stroke Recovery Group is being presented through Handicapped Americans Love of Life Organization.
The purpose of the group is to provide an informal, confidential space to share experiences, support and information.
Meetings will feature speakers, occasional outings and exercise. They will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Sebring Christian Church, 4514 Hammock Road, Sebring. The group meets twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays.
The first meeting each month will be dedicated to a guest speaker who will facilitate the meeting. Printed information from the National Stroke Association will be distributed.
The second meetings will be reserved for "movement therapy." Therapists adapted to working with people affected from stroke will take the group through different techniques of exercises depending on their ability to participate. Also on these second monthly meetings, students from Azure College will take blood pressure readings and pulse rates.
On Sept. 17, the group will introduce "Music in Motion," demonstrated by Belinda Wright, Sunshine Ambassador CNA/HHA with ACE Homecare, Avon Park. Joining her will be Carol Kelly, RN, and Rebecca Moore, Sunshine Ambassador CNA/HHA, both also from ACE Homecare.
Music therapy is based on evidence that music influences human behavior by affecting the brain and subsequently other bodily structures in ways that are observable, identifiable, measurable and predictable, providing the foundation for its use in treatment procedures.
Recent studies have examined the effect of music therapy on stroke patients when combined with traditional therapy. One study found the incorporation of music with therapeutic upper extremity exercises gave patients more positive emotional effects than exercise alone.
Current research shows that when music therapy is used in conjunction with traditional therapy, it improves rates of recovery and emotional and social deficits resulting from stroke. Other studies reveal that participants gained not only more flexibility and wider range of motion, but an increased frequency and quality of social interactions and positive mood.
If you would like to be on the list for notification of the meetings and guest speakers, call HALLO at 385-1196, email email@example.com or write to H.A.L.L.O., P.O. Box 7082, Sebring, FL 33872.