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National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. Although aphasia affects approximately one million people – that’s about 1 in every 250 people- most people still don’t know what it is or how to deal with it. This post will attempt to answer some of the simpler questions.

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a condition that takes away a person’s ability to communicate. It can affect one’s ability to understand and express both written and verbal language.

How do people get Aphasia?

Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. However, it can also come on gradually from a slowly growing brain tumor or a degenerative disease. The amount of disability one endures depends on the location and the severity of the brain damage.

Can Aphasia be cured?

Yes. Once the underlying cause has been treated, the primary treatment for aphasia is speech therapy that focuses on relearning and practicing language skills and using alternative or supplementary communication methods. Family members often participate in the therapy process and function as communication partners. Look here for tips on socializing.

Where can I learn more or make a donation?

If you are interested in making a donation or simply learning more about the various types of aphasia please visit http://www.asha.org/

What can I do if my loved one has aphasia?

If you know or suspect that your loved one is suffering from aphasia, please contact Valley Healthcare at 706-322-9599 to schedule an appointment with one of our caring family physicians.

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