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Art at the Heart of Stroke Recovery

On May 16, Catholic Medical Center stroke survivors were joined by national honor society art students for a unique event, Watercolors for Stroke Awareness, a painting class in recognition of National Stroke Awareness month.

A conference room at CMC was magically transformed to a place where hope, inspiration and genuine enjoyment were experienced as high school students shared their art skills and engaged in conversation with our stroke survivors and their guests.

Creating an image via painting uses both our physical and cognitive sides and art therapy has shown early promise in assisting in stroke recovery, specifically in the areas of verbal communication, depression and the physical pain associated with stroke. This class provided an opportunity to demonstrate the powerful way art enables people to express themselves.

This event was held in partnership with the American Heart and Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The artwork will proudly be on display at their annual Central NH Heart Walk at Derryfield Park in Manchester on June 7, 2014.


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