Northern Illinois University

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News Release

Contact: Jamie Mayer, NIU Department of Communicative Disorders
(815) 753-9166

March 26, 2007

NIU launches stroke support group

DeKalb, Ill. –Northern Illinois University has launched a new support group for stroke survivors in the northern Illinois area and their family members.

The group, called “SNAP” (Stroke Networking and Activity Program), will provide social support and health-related education. Meetings will be co-led by Jamie Mayer, visiting 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.

“Surviving a stroke is a huge life adjustment,” said Mayer. “The goals of our group are to provide accurate information about stroke recovery, rehabilitation and prevention, and to help both survivors and caregivers overcome the sense of isolation that can accompany 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:

  • April 5, 2007—Rehabilitation: What Can Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy Do for You?
  • May 3, 2007—Healthy Living After Stroke

Free transportation is available.

For more information about the support group, including the location of future meetings, call Mayer at (815) 753-9166 or e-mail