Improving Life After Stroke: Taking Positive Steps

8am-2pm. Doors open at 7:30am (continental breakfast and lunch provided)

Marriott West, Monona Room, 1313 John Q. Hammons Drive, Madison.


Space is limited and registration is required. Please register by contacting Pam Helder at or (608) 263-5625.

If you or a loved one has had a stroke, you won't want to miss this free new workshop designed to help stroke survivors live a better life. Improving Life after Stroke is a half-day session for people who have had a stroke and their families that will focus on real-world practical ideas for the financial, physical and emotional aspects of stroke recovery.


Topic Areas


Optimizing Functionality

Kristin Caldera, DO, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
This session focuses on helping patients function at the highest level within their stroke-related limits. The emphasis is on creating the best quality of life so patients can return to home, family, work, school and community activities.


Emotional Health for Your New Norm

Lynnda Zibell-Milsap, MS, RN, PMH, CNS-BC, Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist, Psychiatric Liaison
Life after a stroke has risks of depression, mood changes and anxiety. This presentation will identify the most common issues and share ideas for coping, adapting and building a strong emotional core.


Knocking Down the Wall of Paperwork

Parini Tolat, MSW, Clinical Social Worker, Coordinated Care
Helping you get through the maze of community resources, insurance, disability and other processes is the goal of this workshop. Learning about these often-confusing areas will lead to a more effective way of handling these important elements of your care.


During and after lunch, there will be a chance to connect one-on-one with our speakers and members of UW's stroke program. We want to make sure everyone leaves with their questions answered.


Workshop Brochure (pdf)

Related: Comprehensive Stroke Program