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Monday, September 8, 2014

First Meeting of Fall 2014!
IAM  International Aphasia Movement
Tomorrow, Monday, September 8, 2014
IAM Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Aphasia Group
Meets  6pm -8pm
This Group will meet every other Monday from 6pm-8pm
All meetings are free to attend
Address of Mount Sinai Beth Israel:
10 Union Square South, NYC
16 Street West and Park Avenue
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Aphasia- Tues.11-27and Thurs.11-29

"Helping people recover communication and speech after a stroke or TBI"
IAM / ICD Aphasia Therapy Program
will be meeting on

All are welcome, Co-Survivors are urged to attend.
This is a free Aphasia Therapy Program and meets every Tuesday and Thursday
ICD is located at
340 East 24th Street and First Avenue, NYC
Any questions contact:
Harvey Alter, Tel. 212-217-2610
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Monday, June 25, 2012

National Stork Association Virtual Lobby Days until June 29

The National Stroke Association is asking for people to sign a petition by June 29 to support laws that will help stroke survivors, co-survivors, and those who care for them. They are supporting 4 pieces of legislation.

To sign the petition, go to

1. Repeal the caps on Medicare therapy services, and continue the extension process until that occurs.
The Medicare caps limited the amount of rehabilitation services that people dependent on Medicare could receive. Patients were limited to $1200 a year for both speech therapy and physical therapy. Can you imagine having to choose between walking and talking? 
Private insurance followed the example of the government, and also limited they amount they paid for rehabilitation.
The extension process was a way to provide more therapy to those with the severest disability. This process helped, but the difficulty with getting reimbursement and the continued uncertainty about reimbursement caused many providers to simply close their doors. 

2. Support respite care services. Respite care services provide occasional breaks for caregivers - to take an a few hours or a few days off when they need it. Being a caregiver 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year is physically and emotionally exhausting. Many caregivers are seniors with their own health problems. Even if they receive help the physical care, there is still the need to be on "alert" all the time. I personally knew two caregivers who had heart attacks because of stress and fatigue. Most caregivers are reluctant to leave their loved ones even for a short time, but they should be able to do it if their own health requires it. 

3. Support National Aphasia Awareness Month - aphasia is the "silent" disability. Many people do not know what aphasia is, and shun people with aphasia. National Aphasia Awareness Month helps raise public awareness.

4. Reduce health disparities. Stroke is more likely to affect women, African-Americans, and Mexican-Americans. More research to prevent and treat strokes would improve health care for all.

To sign the petition, go to

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