The Medical Rehabilitation professionals from CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital are offering a free series of classes for people recovering from stroke, people caring for stroke survivors and anyone interested in learning how they may avoid having a stroke.  Entitled “Stroke Education”, this four week series covers everything from causes of stroke to dealing with emotional changes and where to find help.
   Members of the Rehabilitation Hospital including physicians, therapists, and other related professionals will lead the classes.  The topics are as follows:  Week one:  Geographic Factors & Causes presented by Dr. Christopher Delaney; Week two:  Prevention/Risk Factors presented by Rehabilitation Nurses and a Dietician; Week three:  Lifestyle Changes presented by Physical and Recreational Therapists; and Week four:  What To Do After A Stroke presented by Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Social Workers. The four-part series will be held on a quarterly basis at the Rehabilitation Hospital located on the CarolinaEast Medical Center campus, Neuse Boulevard, New Bern. 
   The next series will begin on February 3, 2011 and continue on the following three Thursdays, February 10, 17 and 24.  All classes meet from 4-5pm in the Rehabilitation Hospital dining room.  There will be a monthly Stroke Support Group available for those interested after this series ends. This educational initiative is being offered free of charge as a community service of CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital, CarolinaEast Health System and Coastal Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
   For more information, call 633-8020.