Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rehab lab strives to improve Soup ‘n Stroke meetings

Leaders of the monthly Soup ‘n Stroke event in Logan are hoping a new grant will help increase attendance.

The meetings, which are held at AquaWorx Physical Therapy & Fitness, are dedicated to helping stroke survivors. The group usually has four to five people attend each meeting, said Abbie Waite, the research coordinator at the Motor Rehabilitation and Learning Lab at Utah State University.

She wants to use the grant money to market the event so that it reaches more people in the community and increase the number in attendance up to 20.

“One of the biggest challenges we have is increasing our visibility and letting people know we are here,” said Sydney Schaefer, the director of the lab.

The grant, which was issued in December, is also being used to conduct research to improve stroke therapy, Waite said.

As part of the research process, the lab is turning to the community for input.

“Since we are so early in our journey as far as development we are here to listen,” Schaefer said.

The gatherings are the first of their kind in Cache Valley and are meant to connect members in the area who have suffered a stroke.

“Being able to bring people together that feel alone through the recovery process and showing them they aren’t alone is what we are here to do,” Waite said.

The meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at AquaWorx Physical Therapy & Fitness, 209 W. 300 North in Logan. For more information, contact Amy Anderson at 435-754-0233.

Taylor Murray, Kelsey Richardson, Melissa Allison, Erin Cox, Whitney Fletcher and Mike Cannon contributed to this report.

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