For the first time ever, stroke survivors, family members and other advocates with an interest in stroke and brain health are being allowed to have a seat at the table and to join in for select sessions at the 2021 International Stroke Conference happening next week. 

This is great news and perhaps one of the benefits of most conferences still being virtual to maximize safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.  I’ve been very critical of ASA/AHA not making these live events open and affordable to stroke survivors and their families in the past.  I guess I wasn’t the only one writing this in to my conference evaluations after attending ISC 09 and 20 in person and realizing the barriers are so high for the value. The cost is prohibitive for most survivors who may also have an extra burden at needing additional assist and more time to travel to these events as well.

I am very interested and just registered for this session-

“Physically Distanced Rehabilitation: Fad or Future?”

This session will feature experts in stroke rehab discussing the evidence behind digitally-enabled rehab, its benefits and risks, and the experiences and expectations of patients and therapists. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

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Here’s the rest of the Stroke Connection ISC lineup next week:

Dates Wednesday, Mar. 17-Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021

By registering for Stroke Connection at ISC, you are able to attend any of the following sessions for free at the scheduled date and time!

  • Wednesday, March 17 at 3:00 p.m. CT: Physically Distanced Rehabilitation: Fad or Future? Participants can ask questions at the end of the session. Register
  • Thursday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m. CT: Stroke in Women. The Association of Hormones with Stroke Risk Across Women of Different Ages and Race-Ethnicities. Participants can ask questions at the end of the session. Register
  • Friday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT: Sleep and Brain Health: Time to Wake Up to the Risks. (No Q&A available). Register
  • Tuesday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. CT: Greetings from American Heart Association and American Stroke Association CEO Nancy Brown and Presidential Address from Dr. Mitch Elkind, a stroke neurologist and the AHA/ASA’s president. (No Q&A available) Register
  • Wednesday, March 24 at 1:00 p.m. CT: Stroke and Depression: Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment. Participants can ask questions at the end of the session. Register
  • Thursday, March 25 at 1:30 p.m. CT: Racing to Greater Life Expectancy by 2030: Is Racism a Tangible Target to Achieve Stroke Health Equity? Participants can ask questions at the end of the session. Register

I know-All these sessions look great! Right?

So, how to choose?

That’s Easy-Attend them all-Free!

Hope to See You There!

Published by David Dansereau

Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at PTC Physical Therapy Consulting and SmartMovesPT. is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at Liten to the Know Stroke Podcast here:

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