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In an effort to expand stroke services for area patients, Catholic Health is hosting a stroke support group on the second Saturday of each month in the OLV Senior Neighborhood Community Room, 55 Melroy Ave. in Lackawanna.

The first gathering will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. next Saturday.

Attendance is free and open to recently diagnosed stroke patients, long-term stroke survivors, family members and loved ones.

Each meeting will include a guest speaker discussing topics of interest to stroke survivors and their caregivers, including information on available community resources.

“Depression After Stroke” will be the topic of the meeting next weekend. Physiatrist Dr. George Boucher, medical director of the Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, will discuss ways to manage or avoid depression following a stroke.

Topics for future meetings include:

• Feb. 8: “Driving After a Stroke,” presented by Lisa Thorpe, occupational therapist and driver rehabilitation specialist.

• March 8: “Returning to Hobbies, Sports and Leisure Activities After a Stroke,” presented by Catholic Health occupational and physical therapists.

The Catholic Health Stroke Support Group offers a relaxed and supportive environment for group discussion and sharing to help participants better cope with the effects of stroke. Light refreshments will be served. The OLV Senior Neighborhood is wheelchair accessible and free parking is available. For more information, or to register for a meeting, call 447-6205 or visit chsbuffalo.org/events.