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STROKE CENTER Testimonials
Nanjoo Park
"I love the staff and what they do. If it wasn’t for the Stroke Center, there would be nowhere else to go."

Maryette Alexander
"It has encouraged me to be more independent. I'd like to give a special shout-out to Dr. Paul and his crew who have been so diligent helping me. Volleyball has my heart and I will continue to come. I’m grateful for the staff and all they do."

Eric Watson
"I come here every day because I have friends here now. It has helped me walk better."

Dr. Paul Penoliar
"The clients at the Stroke Center work so hard to achieve the collaborative goals with OT. I feel fortunate to be able to provide them opportunities to regain the use of their arms, hands, legs, and minds to engage in those ordinary activities that have great value, meaning, and provide them a great sense of independence."

Cecilia and Hector Salazar
"The Stroke Center is a blessing. It's so nice to see Hector walk again and begin to move his arm. Speech class builds his confidence and helps him make new friends. As a caregiver, I feel supported and I get advice from others."

Dorothy and Romeo Laurel
"We've been attending since December of 2013, and Romeo doesn’t want to miss a day coming to the Stroke Center. He enjoys being with friends and participating in activities like volleyball and chair exercise."

Ronnie King
"This place is beautiful. No one should have anything bad to say about it. If you want to get better this is the place to do it." div>

Charlie Mae McCord and Elijah Brumfield, Jr.
"The center is a place of resource and education for those who suffered a stroke. The staff members at the center empower the stroke survivors and their caregivers by providing them with instruction on wellness, motivation, and encouragement in their challenges to improve themselves in their current situation. We at the center are family, moving forward together and sharing in each other’s successes."


Stroke Center

Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O’Neal Stroke Center
Contact Information
Melody Carter, Social Services Coordinator, (310) 952-1782 x1478,
Nathan Caukin, Recreation Specialist,
Stroke Center Direct Line: (310) 952-1763
Stroke Center Hours: Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We are currently open for Occupational Therapy services, by appointment only. We will continue our reopening process in accordance with any changes and guidelines required by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

CPRS Award of Excellence On March 16, 2018, the Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O'Neal Stroke Center was recognized by the California Park and Recreation Society with the "Award of Excellence".
It is a statewide award given annually at the CPRS Conference. Our award falls under the category "Creating Community" with the emphasis of "Serving the Underserved". Our efforts here at the Stroke Center met the CPRS's "C.R.E.A.M" principle, which stands for: Challenge, Resourcefulness, Execution, Accomplishment, and Mission. Award recipients receive statewide recognition at the CPRS Conference & Expo, including being listed in the Best of the Best booklet and showcase. We worked hard to earn this award, and we are proud to serve the underserved in a very unique fashion every day. The Stroke Center puts Carson on the map, it makes Carson unique, and now it is earning us statewide recognition.
The mission of the Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O’Neal Stroke Center is to serve the needs of people living with the effects of stroke, and to provide support for their families. This facility features rehabilitative fitness equipment, and offers a variety of activities including group exercise, numerous therapies, support groups, social activities, and more. The only requirement is that stroke survivors are at least 6 months post-stroke.


This gentle yoga class coordinates breath with movement to flow from one pose to another. It has been modified for stroke survivors with limited mobility, and caregivers are welcome to attend. Stress is a risk factor for stroke, and yoga is an excellent stress reliever.

Fitness Center

The Stroke Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Once your application has been accepted, you can work out at your own pace in our fitness center, with supervision from friendly staff members.

Chair Volleyball

Join us every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. for some exercise with friends. This is seated volleyball with a beach ball, which leads to improved motor skills, coordination, and verbal communication. This is one of the most popular activities, so come join the fun!

Chair Exercise

This group exercise class focuses on the upper and lower limbs. Group exercise activities provide the stroke survivor with light recreational activities to supplement the ongoing rehabilitative process.

Occupational Therapy *BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Occupational therapy is available to stroke survivors who wish to improve their ability to perform daily tasks and successfully execute meaningful and purposeful activities across the lifespan. Stroke survivors meet one-on-one with a Licensed Occupational Therapist, and 60-minute sessions are available by appointment only.

Speech Therapy

This class is open to all stroke survivors whose speech may have been affected by stroke. This is a group activity with a licensed Speech Pathologist. Please see the monthly calendar for days and times.

Zumba Gold

Zumba Gold fitness program is a specialty course designed to meet the anatomical, physiological, and psychological needs of the aging population. Like the traditional Latin-inspired Zumba workout, the Zumba Gold workout incorporates many of the dance/fitness routines set to Latin and international rhythms, but is performed at a lower intensity. The instructor has modified this class for stroke survivors, so come have fun while you exercise!

Fun Fridays

Stroke survivors and caregivers enjoy social activities including potlucks, movie days, games, excursions, and more. Please see the monthly calendar for specific activities and times.

Water Exercise

This group class is held offsite several times each month (weather permitting). The therapeutic heated pool provides safe access to stroke survivors with a ramp, handrails, and a lifeguard on duty in the water. The near weightless environment relieves stress from joints and allows muscles to operate freely. The water provides the body with the opportunity to change positions and improve circulation. Classes are led by a lifeguard on deck. Meet at the Stroke Center at 1:15 p.m. for transportation to the pool. We will return by 3:45 p.m.

Caregiver and Family Support Group

Caregiving is an incredible act of love and patience, and caregivers need to take time from themselves so that they are capable of caring for others. Join us in this support group to discuss your daily successes and struggles. Call the Stroke Center for days and times. (310) 952-1763.

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City Hall Contact

701 E Carson Street
Carson, CA 90745
(310) 830-7600, 7 AM - 6 PM
Monday - Thursday
24-hour automated: (310) 952-1700


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