Members of the Stroke Club at Magee, which is generously funded by the Wendkos family, are always looking for ways to help other people who have had strokes. This month, the club welcomed Sarah Dallas, the Education Coordinator at the Jefferson Center for InterProfessional Education. Sarah recruits Health Mentors who help Thomas Jefferson University’s medical, nursing, pharmacy, and therapy students learn first hand from a patient about things that are most important to them.
“Our Health Mentor volunteers are adults with a chronic condition or impairment who meet with a team of Jefferson students a few times over the course of two years to ‘teach’ the students about things that really matter to patients,” Sarah says.
Many people who have had a stroke want to gain friendship and support from others who have had the same experience. Magee’s Stroke Club meets at 11 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month, except August. The members get together to learn more about strokes and other health-related issues. They also take trips or go out to the movies together, just to have fun.