Strokes for Stroke

by - July 13, 2018


Strokes for Stroke 
Art Therapy Class for Stroke Survivors
The American Heart Association and Saint Francis Hospital - Memphis
Tuesday, July 31, 6pm
Saint Francis Hospital - Memphis (Library)
5959 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119

 Memphis area stroke survivors will have the opportunity to express themselves through art during the American Heart Association’s first Strokes for Stroke art therapy class. Participants in the Strokes for Stroke class will be taught by local artist Stacey Ferguson, and their artwork displayed at Saint Francis. 

“I’m honored to be working with the American Heart Association to improve the lives of those affected by strokes and heart disease,” says Ferguson. “As the daughter of a stroke victim, I wish to bring that same feeling art gives me to the individuals who have suffered the loss of mobility and peace of mind like my father did.” 

 Art therapy is an innovative method used to help stroke patients recover and has shown early promise in assisting with recovery issues such as verbal communication, depression and the physical pain associated with stroke. While traditional therapy helps stroke patients regain mobility and brain function, art therapy combines both cognitive and physical abilities to stimulate the brain’s ability to adjust and form new pathways, while providing a new form of expression for those who have lost other abilities. 

“In addition to inspiring the patient to express their emotions, one of the first things we see with art therapy are the specific deficits the patient may have in their vision or function,” says Dr. Robert Greene, Medical Director for Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis, Inpatient Rehabilitation. “If they draw more on one side than the other, we can identify and treat that specific defect more quickly than with traditional therapy. We are excited to participate in this new program with the American Heart Association and help more stroke survivors in the Memphis community recover.” 
Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the United States; however, it remains a leading cause of permanent adult disability. 

American Heart Association 

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org. 

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