Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: Jamie Mayer, NIU Department of Communicative Disorders

(815) 753-9166


June 28, 2007


NIU offers support group for stroke survivors


DeKalb, Ill. — Northern Illinois University is offering a support group for stroke survivors in the northern Illinois area and their family members.


The group, called “SNAP” (Stroke Networking and Activity Program), provides social support and health-related education. Meetings are co-led by Jamie Mayer, assistant professor in the NIU Department of Communicative Disorders, and Lilli Bishop and Jennifer Heinisch, members of the department’s clinical faculty. All three faculty members are certified speech-language pathologists.

“So far we’ve had a very positive response from attendees,” said Mayer. “Along with providing relevant information, this kind of group can help stroke survivors and their families overcome the sense of isolation that often accompanies stroke.”

The group meets the first Thursday of each month from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The next meeting will take place in the Cafeteria Annex of Kishwaukee Community Hospital, located at 626 Bethany Road in DeKalb.

Upcoming meeting topics include the following:

  • Thursday, July 5 — Nutrition for Healthy Living
  • Thursday, Aug. 2 — Community Resources

Free transportation is available. For more information about the support group, call Mayer at (815) 753-9166 or e-mail


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