Stroke Education and Awareness

Support Groups

The Tucson Stroke Leadership Group welcomes you

to our collaborative and informative site.

While everyone’s experience is different, meeting other stroke survivors or caregivers who understand what you are going through can help you throughout your recovery. With over seven million U.S. stroke survivors, and 795,000 new strokes occurring in the U.S. each year, you are not alone. In addition to providing social opportunities, support groups promote wellness by helping members with making difficult decisions, problem solving and locating local resources, as well as providing:

  • Community outreach

  • Educational programs

  • Group therapy

  • Recreational activities

  • Rehabilitation

  • Self help

Groups may meet monthly, bimonthly or weekly and at different times of the day. There are a wide variety of support groups for stroke survivors and caregivers; find one that fits you!

  • Carondelet St. Joseph’s Communication Group

Stroke Survivor, Spouse and Family Support Group
Tuesdays at 11:00
St. Joseph’s Hospital, Out-patient Rehab, 1st flr, Rehab Conference Rm
Contact:  Debbie Johnsen, M.S., CCC-SLP at (520) 873-5299

  • Aphasia Center of Tucson/Saguaro Speech and Language

Aphasia groups on Mondays and Wednesdays
09:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Semester-based program with tuition fees
1011 N. Craycroft Rd., Suite 301, Tucson, AZ  85711
Contact:  Fabi Hirsch, PhD., CCC-SLP at (520) 730-8428


  • Aphasia Recovery Connection

424 2nd St. Marietta, OH 45750

Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3).  The majority of our members are stroke survivors with aphasia.

  • Life After Stroke Support Group

Meets the first Thursday of the month at 2:00 to 3 P.M.
St. Joseph’s Hospital – Agave Room (first floor of the Medical Pavilion)
Contact:  Tom Slauson or Marion Selz at 218-5004

  • Tucson Medical Center Stroke Support Group

Meets the third Monday of the month from 10:30 A.M. to Noon
Hosted by TMC Senior Services in the Seniors Classroom at the El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot
Contact:  Wanda and Bob Stauffacher, 324-1960

  • University of Arizona College of Nursing Tia Chi Exercise Program

Studies the impact of Tai Chi for Stroke Survivors
Free to people who qualify
12 week classes/3 times a week
Must be 50 years of age or older
Must be three months since stroke occurred
Must have had stroke rehab
Contact: Dr. Ruth Taylor-Piliae at 626-4881

  • Banner Baywood Medical Center

Rhodes Rehab 3rd Floor - Dining Room
Every second Thursday 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Contact: 480-321-3848

  • HealthSouth Stroke Support Group

Fourth Thursday of every month | 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Contact Kristin McHaley Haeflinger at (520) 544-5260 or (520) 742-2800 for more information.

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Southern Arizona
1921 West Hospital Drive | Tucson, AZ 85704 (Directions)

HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson
2650 N. Wyatt Drive | Tucson, AZ 85712 (Directions)

Third Thursday of every month | 11:00 AM


  • University of Arizona Aphasia

Classes for Adult Communication Disorders
1131 E. 2nd Street
Meeting days vary
Charge may apply for classes
Contact:  Janet Hawley at 626-6073 or Therapy Front Office at 621-7070 or  Website:

  • Stroke Support Group at Tanque Verde Luthern Church

8625 E. Tanque Verde Road
Meets monthly at lunch time
Open to the community
RSVP appreciated for meetings
Contact: Jolene Swanson or Nan Smith at 760-5924 
General information call 749-1606

  • Brain Injury Support Group

Direct Center for Independence
Meets Tuesdays, 4:30 to 6:00 P.M. 
1023 N. Tyndall Ave. 
Contact: Jenny Goeckell at 624-6452 or

  • Head Injury Support Group Sierra Vista Community Hospital

Out-patient Rehab Clinic
300 E. Camino Real, Sierra Vista, AZ  85635
Contact: Ruby Bloeser, Pam or Dinah at (520) 452-3864 for information


  • Tucson Brain Injury Group

A social meeting/group for those who have had or may be recovering from a Stroke, head trauma, seizures or any brain impairment
Anyone may join with their family member or significant other who is coping with Brain Injury.  This is only a social network group for companionship with each other for recreational activities and family gatherings.
For more information and meeting times:

  • Green Valley Stroke Support Group

Second Thursday of the month | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

La Perla at La Posada, Zuni Room
350 E Morningside Rd, Green Valley, AZ 85614

  • Tucson Medical Center Stroke Support Groups

Every third Monday of the month | 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

TMC El Dorado Campus, Senior Services Room
1400 N. Wilmot Road, Tucson, AZ

Contact Diane Dorman at




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