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Aphasia Facts
    Aphasia is not one of your common household words. It also has a low visibility rating. Did you know that aphasia is nearly twice as prevalent as Parkinson’s disease and yet the general public knows little or nothing about the disorder? Here is some information that you may find helpful when defining the word aphasia to others

Did you know ?

  • Aphasia is pronounced ‘uh-fay’-zhuh’.

  • Aphasis is NOT a loss of intelligence. It is an acquired communication disorder that can, however, mask a person's intelligence as well as the ability to communicate feelings, thoughts and emotions.

  • Aphasia impacts multiple aspects of communication including difficulty expressing and understanding words, reading, writing, gesturing, and naming familiar objects.

  • Aphasia increases social isolation. In a national survey, nearly 70% of those surveyed with communication disorders felt that people avoided contact with them because of communication challenges.

  • Aphasia is most often stroke-related and acquired in 25%-40% of stroke survivors. Aphasia is also related to traumatic brain injury, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and other neurological causes.

  • Aphasia is a disorder acquired by approximately 100,000 persons in the United States each year, independent of age, gender, or ethnicity.  

  • Aphasia recovery depends a large part on the person’s commitment to rehab, positive attitude, active life-style, and the support of family, friends, and community.

  • Aphasia recovery may move at a snail’s pace but it can continue for many years, thanks to the brain’s unique ability to heal itself.

 


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