May: American Stroke Month / National High Blood Pressure Education Month

May health programing ideas – brought to you by The Pulse, part of the Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of serious long-term disability in the United States. In fact, every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the United States. Community awareness is especially vital in the case of stroke because recognizing the signs of stroke and getting help immediately can drastically minimize the effects of a stroke. Too often symptoms are ignored. Lifestyle changes can decrease the risk of having a stroke in the first place.

By promoting American Stroke Month / National High Blood Pressure Month this May, you  can make a difference. Promoting it will be easy with these free resources and with information from Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center.:

  • Quick and Easy: printable coloring pages and other activities for children and teens.
  • Featured Resources: books for children and their caregivers and links to reliable online information
  • Book Club: adult book club ideas
  • Tie In:  ideas for library programs
  • Community Resources: local agencies to contact
  • Publicity Resources: free resources to help you publicize American Stroke Month / National High Blood Pressure Month at your library through social networking sites or traditional printed materials
  • Fun Stuff: links to interactive websites and apps

Quick and Easy

Coloring Pages:

Activity Pages:

Printables for Adults

Featured Resources

Books for Adults

Reliable Online Information for Adults:

Reliable Online Information for Children and Teens:

Book Club

Book ConnectionTM – Book Clubs to Help Stroke Victims

Book Clubs are being used as a therapeutic tool for stroke victims with aphasia: the loss of abilities like reading, writing, speaking, and comprehending. In 1999 the California Center for Aphasia started  Book ConnectionTM, a book club program for stroke victims with aphasia. More information as well as a facilitator’s manual and tools to facilitate Book Connection programs are available at the Book ConnectionTM website.

Memoir Book Club for Adults: Shadows Bright as Glass by Amy Ellis Nutt (Simon & Schuster, 2011)

This memoir is the story of Jon Sarkin, a Chiropractor who suffers a stroke.

From the Publisher: “When he awoke, he was a different man. Before the stroke, he was a calm, disciplined chiropractor, a happily married husband and father of a newborn son. Now he was transformed into a volatile and wildly exuberant obsessive, seized by a manic desire to create art, devoting virtually all his waking hours to furiously drawing, painting, and writing poems and letters to himself . . . . In a beautifully crafted narrative, award-winning journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Ellis Nutt interweaves Sarkin’s remarkable story with a fascinating tour of the history of and latest findings in neuroscience . . . .  Nutt brings vividly to life pivotal moments of discovery in neuroscience, from the shocking “rebirth” of a young girl hanged in 1650 to the first autopsy of an autistic savant’s brain, and the extraordinary true stories of people whose personalities and cognitive abilities were dramatically altered by brain trauma, often in shocking ways.”

Tie Ins

“Stroke Ain’t No Joke”: Stroke Prevention Hip Hop for Kids

More Stroke Related Programming Ideas for Children and Teens

Community Resources

Find a local agency to partner with, a speaker, or other local resources here:

Publicity Resources

Use these free publicity resources alongside your library’s May programming information – newsletter, blog, posters, or fliers – to promote American Stroke Month / National High Blood Pressure Month at your library.

Fun Stuff

Add these interesting and helpful interactive links to your library’s website, Facebook page, or Twitter feed:

For Children

For Adults


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