On one of the first fall-like mornings of the year in Seattle, fourteen stroke survivors and caregivers, turned out to enjoy a rehabilitative golf lesson and heart-healthy lunch at the Saving Strokes event hosted by The Golf Club at Newcastle.
Saving Strokes, a program of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, began in Sacramento, CA in 2001 and has since grown to nearly 20 events throughout nine western states. The vision of the Saving Strokes program is to introduce or reintroduce stroke survivors to the game of golf through adaptive golf instruction supported by physical therapists and other stroke rehab professionals. Golf professionals lead lessons in chipping, putting, and full swing skills that accommodate all levels of post-stroke physical and cognitive ability. The ultimate goals are to connect survivors and caregivers with their peers and to make participants comfortable playing with the mainstream golfing public.
The program has become a beloved activity for many participants. Some participants believed their days of socializing outdoors with others were over, but now are out in the fresh air making new friends and getting much needed exercise. In fact, one participant at the Newcastle event, an avid golfer before her stroke, lit up with joy as she connected on a strong shot off the tee, commenting that she never thought she’d hear that “thwack” sound again.
Thank you to our attendees, volunteers and supporters who helped bring this heart-warming event to Puget Sound!