In honor of World Stroke Day, we would like to highlight a wonderful community event, Strokes for Stroke, that took place in Greenville, SC last month.
This first-time event, put on by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System and the American Stroke Association, provided painting classes for local stroke survivors. At the event, these patients were able to connect with one another while learning and practicing a new artistic skill.
“Art therapy has been found to help stroke patients regain mobility and brain function,” says Denise Campbell, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, Administrative Director Acute Care at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. “It has also been found to be beneficial in fighting depression and anxiety during recovery from stroke.”
Creating images uses the physical and cognitive sides of the brain while making art combines the two. Art therapy has been shown to improve recovery issues with verbal communication and physical pain associated with stroke as well.
Most importantly, stroke survivors across the Upstate area were able to connect with one another at this event. From individuals who are currently in rehab to people who have completed their program, there were a wide variety of survivors in attendance.
“It’s important for us to host events such as this because it’s important to find methods that can stimulate patients and offer new forms of expression,” says Denise.
At Bon Secours, we are committed to advancing the overall well-being of our community. Learn more about the history of our ministry.