Stroke Immersion Program Boosts Rehab Results for Survivors

For Immediate Release 

GLENDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 27, 2020)World Stroke Day is October 29, celebrating survivors and raising awareness for stroke prevention and rehabilitation. Each year, nearly 795,00 Americans suffer from a stroke, killing more than 137,000, according to the American Stroke Association.

At the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging, every day is an opportunity for celebration, because innovative  rehabilitation methods provide the “secret sauce” for stroke survivors to recover from and prevent recurring strokes.

Participants in the Stroke Immersion Program (SIP) are walking, talking, joyful testimonials to the effective synergy of dancing, art, boxing, swimming, virtual reality, nutrition, various therapeutic disciplines, hard work, and a big dose of positive motivation from staff and fellow residents.

Glencroft resident Lilian Plutta is a program enthusiast and SIP beta tester. “I have never had this kind of team around me each and every day, helping me to achieve the goals I set at the beginning of this program.  The SIP program has made all the difference in my life and I am grateful to Glencroft for helping me to get my life back.”

Developed by Steve Heller, an exercise physiologist at Glencroft, SIP is the “sister program” to PIP, the Parkinson’s Immersion Program. SIP is tailored to support specific needs for residents who have suffered a stroke, while PIP supports residents diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The programs are free of charge to Glencroft residents as part of the overarching “ZoeLife” holistic approach to successful aging at the largest continuing care retirement community in Arizona. Heller is also vice president and director of ZoeLife operations for Glencroft.

“What makes our SIP program unique,” explains Heller, “is the fact that our residents get the opportunity to work daily with a customized therapy team on their mind, body, and spirit, at no extra cost. That empowers our residents to make real changes in the area of stroke recovery.”

For more information about Glencroft’s Stroke Immersion Program, contact Steve Heller at or call (480) 399-7956.


About the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging

Founded in 1970, the Glencroft Center for Modern Aging (CFMA) is Arizona’s largest senior living community and one of the largest in the U.S. It is a nonprofit, faith-based continuing care retirement community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, long-term care, and home health visits, among other services. CFMA is “powered by ZoeLife,” a community that empowers residents to pursue vitality through a full, active, and purposeful life. Visit us at and follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram) for more information.



Contact: Steve Heller
Vice President, Director, ZoeLife Operations
(480) 399-7956

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