Healings in Motion presents the 2nd Annual Stroke Awareness Day in San Joaquin County on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 12noon-4:30pm. The public is invited to attend free.

Healings in Motion presents the 2nd Annual Stroke Awareness Day in San Joaquin County. The featured speaker, Dr. Richard Atkinson, currently serves as the Director of the Stroke and Neurological Critical Care Program at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, CA. He is board certified in the new specialty of vascular neurology. Dr. Atkinson is a stroke center certification advisor for the American Heart Association.

Dr. Atkinson ‘s affiliation with the Sutter Neuroscience Institute (SNI), the medical group at Sutter Medical , provides care to pediatric and adult patients through a multidisciplinary approach, with teams of nationally recognized specialists, highly trained clinical staff and a cohesive team of case managers and social workers.

Sutter provides an active clinical and basic science research program, along with community and physician education outreach activities using state-of-the-art technology. Patients with central nervous system and spinal disorders receive the best care available throughout Northern California, according to Sutter Medical‘s marketing team.

SCAN Health Plan will feature “Trading Ages”, an interactive sensitivity program that shares the opportunity to “walk in the shoes” of an older adult or someone with a disability, including stroke survivors. This interactive program includes exercises and sensory perception education.
Another speaker for Stroke Awareness Day will be Cynthia Wilson, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Creative Arts Therapist. She will engage willing participants in a therapy that uses the creative arts to promote the positive mental health of people of all ages. According to Cynthia, “Art Therapy has been proven to reduce stress and increase confidence among patients with illnesses including: depression, developmental problems, addictions, social & emotional problems, violence and neurological problems”. The UniQue Art Therapy Program, offered by Cynthia, enables elderly, stroke survivors, Caregivers and many others a way to express themselves and their vision.

Michelle Mills from the Delta Blood Bank will disclose the growing need for blood donors in San Joaquin County and answer any questions about the process. “We provide service to 18 local hospitals within the region and need to collect over 200 pints daily in order to meet the demand”, says Mills.

Other speakers and exhibitors will join Healings in Motion’s on-going efforts to increase stroke awareness and prevention.    Handouts and other materials will be provided.
This event is open to the public and is FREE.

Healings in Motion’s “Wish list”: That all neighboring hospitals and Public Health will join Healings in Motion to make Stroke Awareness Day in San Joaquin County the very best event it can be.

About Healings In Motion
Healings in Motion is a 501(c) 3 non-profit agency that is patient-driven to facilitate educational programs and events to prevent strokes and support recovery from stroke, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Neurological Impairments.

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