June is National Aphasia Awareness Month.
A lot of you might be asking what aphasia is. Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to parts of the brain that control speech and language. Aphasia is most typically caused by stroke. Stroke is the fifth cause of death, and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke can have various communication effects, one being aphasia. One of the goals of this campaign is to raise public awareness about this disorder that affects countless people. Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Those with aphasia are often frustrated and confused because they cannot speak as well or understand things the way they did before their stroke. There are many forms of aphasia.
1) Global Aphasia – Those affected may not be able to speak, name objects, repeat phrases, or follow commands.
2) Broca’s Aphasia – Those with Broca’s Aphasia know what they want to say, but can’t find the words to say it.
3) Wernicke’s Aphasia – A person with Wernicke’s Aphasia doesn’t always understand what is said to them, and can’t control what they say.
CompassionCare Hospice of Las Vegas knows how important it is for everyone to be open to the problem of aphasia that many face. The more people are open to the problem, the more they can understand. Patience is very important with a person affected by aphasia. Give them the time they need to try to speak to get their point across to you. This not only respects their dignity, but makes it less stressful for them when communicating.