Speech problems after stroke are common
Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and causes more serious long-term disabilities than any other disease. Almost 75% of all strokes happen in people over the age of 65.
When someone is recovering from a stroke, they have both physical and cognitive challenges to overcome. One common cognitive side effect of stroke is a disorder called aphasia.
What is aphasia?
Aphasia is a communication problem that happens when parts of the brain that deal with language are damaged. The National Aphasia Association says that about one third of stroke survivors get aphasia.
Aphasia doesn’t affect someone’s intelligence, but it does prevent them from being able to use or understand words. Seniors with aphasia might have trouble speaking or finding the right words. They may also have problems understanding conversations, reading, writing, and using numbers.
Aphasia communication tips
We found a tip sheet from the American Stroke Association that has effective communication tips for talking with someone who has speech problems after stroke. It also includes suggestions to help your older adult express themselves more easily.
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