August 2022 - 8th Edition



Note from our Executive Director -
Toni Metherall

Thank you everyone who signed up for our Sustaining Membership.  Your generosity will allow us to continue our mission. 


As an extension of the medical community, SAO is a positive force for a society of longer, healthier lives, improved brain health, fewer strokes, reduced disability, and enhanced recovery.





Thank you to Volvo of Bend!


We're ecstatic to announce that thanks to our partnership with Volvo of Bend in the month of July we were able to raise $3,800! It's always a true blessing when we come across organizations that are willing to give back to a cause that's so much greater than ourselves. 

When we started working with Chandler, it was clear his heart was passionate about looking for ways his team could fund a change in this world. Thank you again to the entire team over at Volvo of Bend and we look forward to working with you in the future! 


The Rotary Club of Redmond was kind enough to donate their annual berry sales to SAO! With this gesture, we were able to raise thousands of dollars to help impact the stroke community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to this wonderful organization, this donation will be directly targeted towards our initiative of providing educational outreach throughout the Central Oregon Community to aid in preventing strokes!


Hayden Homes

The Anjulicia Foundaton, through Hayden Homes, recently made a substantial donation to our mission of being a positive force for the Stroke Community and all those impacted by the disease. Thank you for your generosity and ability to give back to the community while you build it! 


Join our Sustaining Membership - Help Make a Difference!


Try your skills on Brain Game!!!!

Magic Food Game!

Self Care Word-Search! 





On-Going Support Groups 
All are Welcome!  


Join a Support Group via Zoom 

All Access Code: 267 166 8755

2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 3pm Support Group

2nd Monday @ 1pm Caregivers

3rd Monday @ 6pm Young (er)

Featuring Stoke Survivors, Dr's & Therapists from around the Nation.

Group Coordinator Keith Taylor

Click the image below to watch our most recent support group!


Just Say Yes to Life!

"I discovered how much I wanted to make a difference."

Geoff Babb



Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain... To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.

Kevyn Aucoin


Help Us Help You

When a severe or sudden injury occurs without warning,  time to act becomes critical and often requires an ambulance or air ambulance which is very expensive.

You can protect yourself and your family by purchasing a membership

in the AirLink Critical Transport System.

And at the same time you can help support Stroke Awareness Oregon by using this Get Code 11674

And AirLink will make a donation to help us fight stroke.


Health Central


**Continued from last month's article on Sleep Apnea**

7 Ways To Address Sleep Apnea

Today, we take a closer look at ways to address this sleep disorder and its symptoms. There are many options available to help address apnea, including lifestyle measures to lose weight and simple medical devices that can be worn at night to keep the airways open. Dr. Weil recommends these tactics for tackling sleep apnea:

  1. If you’re overweight, focus on the excess pounds. According to the American Sleep Foundation, even a 10 percent weight loss can reduce the nightly breathing interruptions.
  2. Avoid alcohol in the evening and night leading up to bedtime.
  3. Talk to your pharmacist and doctor about the side effects from any medications you are taking.
  4. Transition from the use of sleeping pills. Consider lower side effect options such as meditation, a small dose of melatonin, or seek out counsel from an integrative medicine provider to discuss herbal options.
  5. Develop good sleep habits, including sleeping on your side, minimizing the use of screens leading up to sleep, and developing – and sticking with – a bedtime and sleep schedule. Try sleeping in a 100% completely dark room. If you have small and seemingly insignificant lights from electronic devices, you may be surprised how they can impact your sleep.
  6. Find a dentist that specializes in sleep. Some dentists can provide you with a thorough airway evaluation and determine if an oral appliance might be an option for you.
  7. Get a sleep evaluation. This used to require spending a night in a sleep facility, during which brain waves, eye movement, breathing and other vital functions are monitored. Now some sleep specialists utilize at home testing for several nights in a row to fully evaluate your sleep in your typical environment. Ask your doctor about options for evaluation.

In addition, use this opportunity to focus on lifestyle improvement through a focus on a whole foods diet, regular moderate exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.

Wondering About Sleep Apnea? 4 Symptoms To Recognize

Worried About Sleep Apnea? Learn To Recognize These 4 Symptoms

 1 MIN

Sleep apnea, also called obstructive sleep apnea, is a disorder that interrupts normal breathing during sleep. Symptoms include:

  1. Heavy snoring
  2. Periods of not breathing
  3. Waking frequently during the night or experiencing fitful or restless sleep
  4. Feeling sleepy or not well-rested during the day

Depending on how often and for how long you stop breathing, sleep apnea can be classified as mild, moderate or severe. It affects both men and women, can occur at any age, and has been linked to an increased risk of fragmented sleep and restlessness, chronic fatigue, high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Even mild sleep apnea can cause sleep disturbances, leading to depression, irritability, sexual problems and impaired learning and memory.

Common factors linked to sleep apnea include being overweight or obese; having an anatomical abnormality in the nose, throat or elsewhere in the upper airway; use of certain medications, particularly sedatives; sleeping on your back; and using alcohol before bed.

There are many patients I have cared for over the years that have benefitted greatly, and almost immediately from identifying and treating their sleep apnea.

Asking your doctor to order an overnight oximetry can be a good screening test to assess sleep apnea. This test occurs while sleeping at home. The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea is the hospital-based sleep testing, but the home test can help point you in the right direction. Now there are some three-night, in-depth at-home test and app-based digital assessments that some specialists will use over the hospital version. All good discussion items with your doctor.




8/13 Noon to 3pm Book promotion table event at Barnes and Noble. "Just Say Yes to Life".

9/1 5pm to 8pm  Wild Ryde Brewing Event Redmond - $1 a pint!! going to SAO

9/22 9am to 5pm 16th Annual Stroke Conference Riverhouse Convention Center

9/24 9am to 5pm Bend Health Fair Riverhouse Convention Center



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