Aphasia (uh FAY zhuh) is a communication disorder caused by a stroke or other brain injury.
This devastating disorder affects people of any age, gender or race.
What Is Aphasia?
Over 2 million Americans live with aphasia. More people have aphasia than have many other conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy.
Aphasia can range from mild (sometimes difficulty thinking of a word) to severe (little to no ability to speak).
Aphasia causes a profound impact on the lives of those with aphasia and their loved ones. Aphasia often leads to isolation and depression.
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)
A relatively rare form of aphasia is Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). It is a neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired. Unlike other forms of aphasia that result from stroke or brain injury, PPA is caused by a neurodegenerative diseases, usually Frontotemporal Dementia. Although the first symptoms are problems with speech and language, other problems associated with the underlying disease, such as memory loss, often occur later.
5 Things People with Aphasia Want You To Know
1. Progress may be slow, I need encouragement not criticism.
2. I would like to be included in conversations and decisions.
3. This is hard. I have a lot to adapt to.
4. Communication takes two. I'd like you to learn how to best communicate with me.
5. I appreciate so much people who are patient with me.