The Impact of Aphasia

"Imagine if the last sentence you say tonight is the last full sentence you will say for the rest of your life"
Stephen Goff, person with aphasia 

Imagine that you are as intelligent as ever, but unable to speak, read or write. 

Imagine being unable tell someone your phone number or write a cheque. 

Imagine if you could no longer talk to your spouse, friends, children or grandchildren easily, but you have a lot to say. 

You have begun to imagine the reality of having aphasia. Aphasia can lead to depression and social isolation.  People with aphasia need the understanding and patience of family, friends and community in order to re-engage in life.

Family members and friends need to learn about aphasia. They need to learn how to communicate with the person who has aphasia.  Family members benefit from support as they learn to cope with the effects of stroke, including aphasia.





 

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